Massage

Patients with cancer who have had Therapeutic Massage report physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Patients have found improvements with quality of life, nausea, anger and fatigue.

Massage does not claim to be a cure for cancer. It is given to help with some of its side effects. Massage is given for muscular and joint problems as well as pain relief. It is also thought to reduce stress and anxiety, and help you to feel more relaxed. Practitioners believe that it can help your general health and boost your wellbeing.

A massage session can last from 15 minutes to an hour and will be given when lying on a massage table or when seated on a chair, this will be adapted to suit the needs of the patient. Relaxing music might be played during the session.

Most types of massage require direct contact with the skin, so the removal of some clothing is often required. Patients will be treated with dignity and privacy to do this and towels or sheets will be used to cover the body during treatment.

Oil or lotion may be used to lubricate the skin during massage and in the case of aromatherapy massage scented oils will be used. The technique used will be light, smooth and gentle, as deep vigorous massage is not appropriate for patients with cancer.