Is massage safe for me?

The short answer is, "Yes."  Even without knowing your specific situation, we can tell you that a properly trained oncology massage therapist can provide safe and effective massage for any person at any stage of their cancer journey:  during and after treatment, in remission, cure or at the end of life. 

Part of a complete understanding of oncology massage involves a shift in how we define "massage".  Many people think of massage as something that "has to hurt to be effective" or as something they have received, with some discomfort, after an injury or surgery.  Others think of some of the more vigorous forms of massage that get the most visiblity in popular media.  When we are talking about massage in the oncology community it can mean anything from a very "normal" massage equally involving all of your body to very light, simple touch intended to help you reconnect with your body in a kind and healing way.  When we broaden the definition of  massage in this way we can easily say, "Yes, oncology massage is safe for you."

Oncology massage is available in many of the world’s leading cancer hospitals.  Oncology massage training addresses the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical consequences of cancer, the side effects of various treatments, and the psycho-social and emotional considerations.  Your therapist will adapt his/her massage therapy techniques to your specific needs. In the words of one patient, oncology massage is like "a vacation from cancer."

  • Is massage safe for me?