ONCOLOGY MASSAGE and THERAPeutic Stress Treatments
Oncology massage is the modification of massage therapy techniques to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment.
Anyone currently receiving cancer treatment, from active treatment to those in recovery or survivors, as well as those at the end of life, are recommended to see a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage: include informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to reduce and manage pain symptoms
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the hands, feet, or ears. The techniques are based on the belief that there are reflex points that correspond to different body organs and systems of the body in the hands, feet and ears. Pressing these specific points creates real benefit for health.
For example, reflexology techniques on a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder. When a using thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it may affect bladder functioning..
Reflexology is different than massage, Reiki, or acupuncture, but there are overlaps between these therapies. While these are different practices entirely, one thing they all have in common is that they are sometimes used to help manage symptoms associated with stress.
Massage manipulates larger areas of soft tissue in the body, while reflexologists apply pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, and ears.
Reiki does not involve any physical manipulation or pressure, but instead uses light touch to work with the subtle vibrational and energetic fields throughout the body.
Finally, acupuncture and acupressure, like reflexology, use reflex points on the extremities to influence other parts of the body, and although these points are not the same and acupuncture points cover the ‘meridians’ extending over the entire body.