What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology massage is a massage that has been adapted to any and all effects of cancer, the way it has affected the body. The massage is also modified based on side effects of treatment, whether from chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation, both short term and long term. The focus is therapeutic and restorative..
What type of product do you use while giving the massage?
It depends on the therapist and your health history. For a person in treatment (recovering from surgery, in chemotherapy, or receiving radiation or immunotherapy) or at end of life, or at any point your skin is sensitive, we will use a hypoallergenic massage lotion. If you have strong, healthy skin, you and your therapist can discuss whether to use lotion or the massage oil/gel of your mutual choice.
Do I need a note from my doctor before I come to get a massage from you?
It is always nice to have a note, especially if the doctor is familiar with oncology massage, but it is not necessary. The doctors are not always familiar with the ways we adapt massage for people with a history of cancer. However, it IS why we ask for a more extensive health history form and will spend a bit more time talking to you before your first massage.
Why do I have to fill out such a long health history form? It’s just a massage.
Oncology massage therapists need additional information about your cancer treatment to see if you have any problems that frequently occur as a result of the treatments. So we ask questions and will go over the form with you before your massage. That way we can adjust the massage for places to avoid (for example, do you still have a port?) or go lighter, to give you the best and safest massage possible.
What is Your Cancellation Policy?
For anyone who is a cancer survivor (past treatment and recovery) or a caregiver, we request 24 hours cancellation notice. Less than 24 hours we will not offer refunds.
For clients still in treatment or in hospice, please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. We will not offer a refund but you will be allowed to reschedule one time without losing your payment