Oncology Massage Offers a Pain Free and Peaceful Space to Clients Living with Cancer

Written by Emma Tommasini


First Things First Wellness Centre is privileged to offer the services of Qualified Oncology Massage Therapist Leanne Govett. Leanne is knowledgeable and has a caring professionalism to provide supportive care to clients on their cancer journey. 

Oncology Massage has the power when skilfully applied, to reduce pain, anxiety and literally change our biochemistry. That sea of chemicals, neurotransmitters and hormones that constantly bathes our cells changes when we experience deep relaxation.

Oncology Massage is a very different style of massage with benefits for not just those clients that are very unwell or on a cancer journey but for anyone in need of deep relaxation. The treatment is a very light touch but mindful, focused, full contact massage that touches the client profoundly. Common feedback from clients is that it is quite simply exquisite, blissful, deeply relaxing and healing. 

Oncology Massage is the modification of massage techniques to be appropriate for anyone at any point on a cancer or other medical journey. It allows a suitably qualified therapist to safely work with people in active cancer treatment and those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, whether following cancer or other medical diagnoses. 

Oncology Massage does not aim or try to fix anything. Rather, it is the ability of the therapist to recognise and safely work within clinically established guidelines, given a patient’s unique circumstances. Oncology Massage is not used instead of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or drug therapy. While massage doesn't treat the cancer itself, it may help reduce the side effects caused by conventional treatments and improve quality of life and wellbeing.

Clinical Research supports the use of massage in reducing pain and anxiety. Patients reported massage benefits included improved sleep, decreased sense of isolation, enhanced body image and increased feelings of well-being. 







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