Vicki L. Feit, LMT, NCTMB, Toledo, OH

Touch Applied with Intelligence, Control & Purpose

Oncology and Hospice Massage Therapy

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What is oncology massage?  It takes into consideration the unique bodywork needs of the person living with cancer.  The touch is lighter. The point of the massage is to nurture and comfort, not to "fix" anything. There is an education behind the touch in what to consider with the massage, such as blood counts, risk of lymphedema, ports, recent surgeries, catheters or ostomy bags.

Potential Benefits of oncology massage include:

- Increases relaxation and energy

- decreases edema

- encourages deeper respiration

- imroves bowel activity

- increases alterness & mental clarity

- provides pain relief & reduces the need for pain medication

- decreases symptoms related to chemo & radiation, such as fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation and loss of appetite

- replaces anxiety with calm

- provides relief of touch deprivaton

- restablishes a positive body image & rebuilds hope

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