Oncology Massage is the modification of massage techniques in order to safely work with the effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and includes people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapists’ skill set are an informed understanding of the pathophysiology of cancer; 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. Requires specific paperwork be completed prior to massage session.
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Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is a type of light pressure massage following a specific protocol of rhythmic movements to stimulate and redirect the flow of stagnant lymphatic fluid to a less congested area. Requires specific paperwork be completed prior to massage session.
PTSD Bodywork is very different from many massage modalities. While trust and safety are always important in the field of massage therapy, it is even more significant for PTSD Bodywork. The client remains fully clothed for the session and is face up on the table. This is a slow and thoughtful process - at a rate that is best for the client. I may include some cranial/sacral techniques during the session which helps activate the relaxation response in the body. Together we work on "turning down" the level of discomfort found in the body.
Here is a link to an article for more information about the benefits and research behind this practice.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Requires specific paperwork be completed prior to massage session.
Therapeutic massage is usually focused on a specific area or areas to provide relief and/or improve range of motion. While a therapeutic massage may have relaxing qualities, the primary purpose it to target a specific area of interest. It may be one session or part of a multiple session process including being part of a larger care plan.
Relaxation massage is primarily a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage therapist may move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure encouraging deep breathing techniques to activate the relaxation response throughout the body.
Facial Cupping with Manual Lymph Drainage
Facial cupping is beneficial to reduce inflammation of the face and helps reduce sinus pressure. The cups are made glass and silicone. The glass part of the cup is lightly moved across the surface of the face to move lymphatic fluid away from the congested area and into the lymphatic system. It is a multiple step process which may provide great relief to the face and forehead areas.
Dolphin MPS Therapy
Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) Therapy is the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to sympathetically DE-Regulate the ANS and fight chronic pain. The theoretical underpinnings of MPS Therapy are based on combining the “therapeutic pearls” of acupuncture, osteopathy, integrative dentistry, neural therapy with modern neurology and microcurrent.
This is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique with a modern twist. Silicone cups are used on various areas of the body to improve blood flow, lift muscle and fascia and release adhesions which may be causing restrictions of movement in the body. Cupping may be included with multiple massage modalities with the exception of Oncology Massage, Maternity Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage for lymphedema. Other contraindications may apply.
Traditional Chinese Medicine technique using specific tools to increase blood flow to a specific area of the body and break down adhesions. Movement is towards the heart. Gua Sha may be included with multiple massage modalities with the exception of Oncology Massage, Maternity Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage for lymphedema. Other contraindications may apply.
Kinesio Taping may be incorporated as part of the rehabilitative process and is designed to assist the body’s natural healing process. It provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
Kinesio Taping for Lymphedema
Kinesio taping for lymphedema can be very beneficial. It can reduce swelling in the affected appendage, and may be an option for clients who do not want bandaging after manual lymph drainage.