Crawley, West Sussex
Oncology massage is the modification of existing therapy techniques to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer.
Oncology massage is a form of therapy using gentle touch, talk and time and can be used to relax the mind and body, relieve tension, improve the flow of lymph in the lymphatic system and to enhance mood
With the used of blended aromatherapy oils chosen for the client specific needs, this will relieve anxiety, pain, depression, stress, tiredness. Overall, the client will experience a lifting of the mood and improve their general wellbeing.
Aromatherapy oils may help by boosting the immune system, fighting off colds and bacterial infections, improving circulation, relieving headaches, and digestion problem along with a healthy lifestyle.
A consultation form will be filled in prior to treatment to cover all contra- indications, such as tumour or treatment sites would not be massaged to avoid discomfort or pressure on the affected area and underlying organs.
Using natural therapies alongside conventional medicine help clients to feel better and cope with having cancer treatment. How you feel plays a part in how you cope.
Most complementary therapies mentioned above concentrate on boosting relaxation and reducing stress. Therefore, help to calm your emotions, relieve anxiety, increase a general sense of health and wellbeing. For example, acupuncture can help to relieve sickness from some chemotherapy drugs, tiredness and weakness, dry mouth, breathlessness, hot flushes side effects of anti-cancer treatments.
Only few needles will be inserted, sometimes I might use acupressure beads place onto the outer part of the ear, to leave them in place for a few days to give a continuation of releasing and invigorating at the same time. Usually one treatment a week for 30 to 40 mins will help.
- reduced stress and anxiety,
- helps with pain management,
- boosts the immune system, helps to improve quality of sleep,
- improves flexibility and mobility,
- improves lymphatic flow and so reduces lymphoedema and inflammation, promotes scar healing and much more.
Oncology massage does not spread cancer, does not treat cancer but rather treat a client with a holistic approach.
Several clinical studies show that massage can reduce symptoms such as stress, nausea, pain, fatigue and depression.
- A systematic review (1) of studies on aromatherapy and massage for relieving symptoms in people with cancer looked at 10 studies including eight randomised controlled trials. It found that massage consistently reduced anxiety and depression. Massage also helped lower nausea and pain, but not as consistently.
- A large American study (2) published in 2004 looked at the effects of massage therapy on almost 1300 people with cancer over three years. People in hospital had a 20-minute massage, and people treated as outpatients had a 60-minute session. The study found that overall, massage therapy reduced pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The benefits lasted longer in the patients who had the 60-minute session.
- Another American study (3) of 39 people looked at the safety and effectiveness of massage in reducing stress hormone levels in patients with blood cancer. It randomised people to receive aromatherapy, massage or rest. The study concluded that massage significantly reduced the stress hormone.
MEET YOUR THERAPIST
BEATRICE SALICEITEC Dip; CthA
My name is Beatrice Salice, I am a FCT with 17 yrs experience in various areas of Healing therapies with an expertise in the field of addiction. I am a registered and qualified practitioner with CTHA in bodywork massage including Indian Head Massage Oncology Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Body Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture, Reiki level 1, Reflexology, Western Herbal Remedies and Nutrition.
I strongly believe in a Holistic approach to stimulate the client’s own strengh rather than focusing on the illness in the quest for optimal health and wellness. My belief as a practitioner in this field is that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
Combining nutritionnal guidance, complementary therapies, mindfulness are the natural keys to reach the optimum of well being, which have been proven very beneficial during my years of practice in various treatment centres, along with a change of lifestyle. I am passionate in promoting the importance of well being and reconnected the individual with him/herself. We are living in an era of stress, toxins, fast food, technology, we are forgetting how to nurture ourself as a whole.
I am approachable, friendly, professional with a lot of empathy.