While many of us may think of a trip to the spa for a massage as a luxury, the need to experience healing touch is something that we all can relate to. For those who are suffering from cancer or caring for someone who is, that need has never been greater.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to point out some of the benefits of oncology massage as a means for better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for both patients and their caregivers.
Oncology massage is designed to adapt traditional massage therapy techniques to the very special needs of those suffering or recovering from cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. Egea Spa has a number of massage therapists on staff who trained in understanding the disease and how it can affect the body.
There are number of benefits that massage can offer to those working through an experience with cancer. Among them are:
- Giving patients something to look forward to.
Cancer affects the body in many ways that can be painful and unpleasant. A weekly oncology massage can become part of the patient’s therapy that is pleasurable and something to look forward to.
- Increasing relaxation
Touch is one of the most healing powers that we as human beings have at our disposal. The power of touch can be used to soothe and provide comfort to those who feel uneasy. In this same way, massage can provide a healing touch to help patients work through their feelings and gain a sense of comfort during a challenging time.
- Reducing pain
Those working through chemotherapy or who are recovering from cancer may feel uncomfortable in their bodies. Oncology massage can help reduce pain perception by up to 60%.
- Stimulating the lymphatic system
Breast cancer patients in particular have shown a very good response to the positive effects of massage therapy. Among those positive effects are the stimulation of the lymphatic system which has been shown to increase immune function and white cell count.
- Reducing muscle tension
Long and often stressful medical procedures put a lot of strain on the body. The patient may feel apprehensive about all of the new things going on about them and, as a result, will feel tense. Scheduling a weekly oncology massage can greatly reduce muscle tension.
As we speak about the benefits of massage for cancer patients and survivors, let’s not forget caregivers. Those in a position to care for patients are under a very unique set of stresses and can benefit from the regular healing touch of a licensed massage therapists for many of the reasons stated above as well.
To schedule your oncology or caregiver massage today, please call Egea Spa at 847-332-2772 and we will pair you up with on of our caring and licensed massage therapists.