You may be wondering …
I’ve been told a can’t have a massage because I have cancer. Is that really true?
Historically, it’s been seen as safer for people with cancer to avoid having massage, even though the benefits have been well known. However, the science and education around this is changing.
As a specially trained oncology massage therapist, I know what to do – and more importantly what not to do – to adapt my techniques for your treatment.
What do I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing that can easily be removed, or worn during certain treatments, eg trousers/skirts stay on for Indian head massage. For other body massages, you’ll remove all clothing down to your knickers – don’t worry, my treatment room is cosy and warm, with fluffy towels.
Can I eat before a massage?
If you need to eat, best to having something light in the 2 hours beforehand, and avoid too much caffeine if you can – even a skinny caffeine-free soy milk latte contains some stimulants.
What if I’m ill?
If you’re experiencing any of the following, then massage is not suitable for you at this time:
Recovery from any surgery less than 6 weeks ago
I’m pregnant. Can I have a massage?
Congratulations, but unfortunately, massage needs to avoided in the first trimester.
What does massage actually do?
- Increases relaxation to allow your body time & space to switch off and heal
- Increases energy, vitality, and mental alertness and clarity
- Improves your quality and patterns of sleep
- Enhances feeling of overall wellbeing
- Reduces stress, anxiety, fatigue and headaches
- Reduces muscle tension, which can contribute to headaches
- Reduce IBS symptoms through stress-reduction
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts immune system
- Boosts circulation and breathing
- Speeds healing from injuries
- Balances the digestive system
- Boosts collagen production & the elasticity of skin
- Rebalances the entire body, including the release of hormones
How can massage help menopause?
By helping the body to reach a natural state of relaxation, hormone production and release can be regulated by the body to achieve its desired state. And the body relaxation is great for the nervous system, which will assist the body to stay calm during this time.
I’m allergic to nuts. Does that matter?
Do let me know of any allergies so that I can avoid using certain oils, eg almond oil.
Do I have to fill in any paperwork?
As part of your initial appointment, we’ll go through your health history so that I get to know more about your general and specific circumstances. It normally takes around 20 – 30 mins, or 30 – 45 mins for cancer clients. It’s all strictly confidential and all documents are stored under General Data Protection Regulations.
What do I need to do afterwards?
Sip, rather than gulp, plenty of water to help your body hydrate. You may feel you need to go to the loo a bit more – that’s great, it’s your body working properly. You may even go through a healing experience, where you feel emotional, or different to how you normally feel. As your body is complex, there’s a lot of reactions that can happen, but that’s not to say they will. If you’re unsure about anything in the 48 hours following a massage, please contact me.
Is there anything I can’t do after having a massage?
Best to avoid strenuous exercise, smoking, alcohol (yes, it’s true …) and eating a large meal. You’ll be in a state of relaxation, so just ease yourself back into restful activities, if you can. Even better to go home, get into your pjs, have a cup of herbal tea and an early night.