The power of touch has a special resonance with me. My first experience was when I had a biopsy done for breast cancer. I was in the prone position so I could not see the person. The biopsy was done on my left breast and was painful. The person assisting the physician was a nurse and she put her hand on mine and was present. I could feel her presence with her hand. This made a difference because I felt reassured and not alone. I felt a sense of compassion. This made the experience more bearable.
Oncology massage is based on compassion. Oncology massage is a lighter, softer touch than regular massage, and designed to relax the nervous system. During cancer treatment our bodies sometimes forget the feeling of being relaxed. Massage is a way in which clients can visit themselves, to acknowledge where they are and what they are feeling. The benefits of oncology massage done correctly are relaxation, better sleep, reduced anxiety and pain, and less fatigue and nausea.Read More