A Touch of a Feather Day Spa

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is the modification of massage techniques in order to safely work with complications 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 therapist's 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

Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment are critical to providing a safe massage. Standard oncology massage intake questions include those pertaining to:

  • cancer treatment history
  • tumor site or metastasis
  • compromised blood cell counts
  • lymph node involvement
  • blood clots or blood clot risk
  • medications (short and long term)
  • vital organ involvement
  • fragile or unstable tissue
  • medical devices
  • fatigue, neuropathy, or pain
  • changes in sensation
  • late effects of treatment

Many cancer treatments require immediate as well as long-term massage modifications. A certified oncology massage therapist will modify the massage session to adapt for these considerations, as well as those pertaining to the late effects of treatment and where applicable, disease progression. *Doctor Approval/Note is Required*

$48 | 30 Min
$78 | 60 Min