Bodywork and Cancer

If you’re a cancer patient, you might be dealing with a wide range of symptoms, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

In her textbook Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, lists thirty benefits that bodywork can bring to cancer patients, including:

  • pain relief and reduced need for pain medication
  • improvement in fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • decreased anxiety and depression

She also notes that craniosacral therapy is among the therapies recommended for cancer patients when the lightest touch possible is needed. And one of my clients in recovery from breast cancer told me she found craniosacral work even more relaxing than massage. That didn’t surprise me.

In the case of other cancers, I’ve worked with clients having

  • chemo pumps in place
  • brain shunts post-surgery
  • Stage IV liver cancer
  • Stage IV pancreatic cancer

And they’ve told me I brought them a degree of relaxation they found remarkable.

These days more and more physicians are recommending massage or other bodywork for their patients in treatment for or recovery from cancer.

If you’d like to explore what bodywork could accomplish for yourself or someone you care for, please get in touch with me via the contact page, or call me at 610-202-4778 and we can talk.

  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Half-and-Half (massage + craniosacral)
  • Customized Therapeutic Massage
  • Massage during & after pregnancy
  • Oncology Massage
Margaret Connolly RCST - 610 202 4778

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