Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
Therapists for Oncology/Pediatric Oncology:
- Jeannine Ryder
- Jackie Ruffing
- Jeanenne Browning Zukin
*Optimal Massage partners with “Unite for HER” to promote physical and emotional wellness to Breast Cancer patients. Contact the organization for passport to Optimal Massage.