• “It was positive and uplifting and a welcoming positive community.”

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  • “It helped me to relax. It also helped with tiredness and anxiety.”

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  • “Took my mind off the cancer, treatment and side effects as it gave me something nice to look forward to.”

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Oncology Massage & Aromatherapy Massage

Hands-on relaxation

What can massage help with?

While massage does not claim to be a cure for cancer, many people have found it to be helpful for:

Relaxation, Coping with stress, Feeling more positive, Improving sleep, Easing muscular and joint problems, Reducing headaches and pain, Tackling nausea, anger and fatigue, Improving physical and emotional wellbeing

What is a massage?

One of the most popular treatments, massage uses light stroking or holding techniques which work with the lymphatic system to help relieve muscular and emotional tension. We do not offer deep or vigorous massage, as it is not recommended for people with cancer.

What is Aromatherapy Massage?

A gentle massage with the addition of carefully chosen natural essential oils to further help to alleviate stress and balance the emotions.

What is the difference between Oncology Massage and Aromatherapy massage?

In oncology massage the therapist’s hands do the work, with Aromatherapy massage the emphasis is on the essential oils that are used to help with whatever symptom you may be experiencing.

What can I expect?

Most massages are given while you’re lying on a massage table, but you can be seated in a chair if preferred. As a massage relies on skin contact, you may be asked to remove some clothes. You’ll be treated with dignity and privacy, with towels or sheets covering you, leaving only the areas being massaged exposed.

Oil or lotion is often used to lubricate the skin during massage, and your therapist may play relaxing music during the session.

How long does it take?

A massage session lasts an hour. In your first session your therapist will ask about your health and treatment, to ensure they give you a massage tailored to your needs.

I'm concerned about...

Some people worry that having a massage may encourage the cancer cells travel to other parts of the body. However, no research has proven this to be true. Cancer Research UK

You can stop the session at any time if you feel uncomfortable or concerned. It’s your treatment, to be experienced your way.

Our therapists

Our massage therapists are qualified in either oncology or aromatherapy massage, and have completed training, provided by NHS staff, in the cancer patient pathway.

They are fully insured and give their time for free. Donations are used to cover essential items such as oils and lotions, continuing professional development of our volunteers, parking costs and to pay our one essential part-time member of staff.

Two FREE Complementary Treatments, then a donation of your choice, for those with cancer or within 6 months of treatment, in Berkshire.

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