Oncology Massage Therapy
Oncology massage offers massage therapy to safely work with those who have ever received cancer treatment, those in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life. Our therapists have all received special training in oncology massage. Their skill sets include an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body, which include the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As with all of our therapies, massage sessions are specialized per each individual and each visit, according to the client’s needs.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Cancer and cancer treatment can damage the lymphatic system, causing lymphedema.Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive manual technique used to address this. MLD therapy uses specific “stretch-and-release” movements on the lymph nodes. The movements act as a type of external pump that pulls lymphatic fluid through the lymph channels and enhances the release of toxins.
It is a highly specialized form of massage, which uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences and requires the therapist to develop a great degree of skill, having an intimate knowledge of the workings of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow, re-directing if necessary.
The MLD session is not the same as a traditional massage as the movements are specifically designed to increase the flow of lymph – too much pressure on the lymph nodes can cause thickening. The skin is stretched and released in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. When performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, MLD can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.