WHAT IS IT?
Massage therapy refers to the techniques used to press, knead and rub muscles and other soft tissues of the body to help release tension. Massage therapy is widely recognized for helping to relieve pain—including chronic pain—, promote relaxation and improve mood.
Various techniques and styles of massage therapy exist, which may include long strokes, kneading, circular movements, and vibrations—characteristic of Swedish massage. Other forms of massage, such as deep tissue massage, may focus on the deepest layers of muscle and soft tissue by using use more firm pressure and slower strokes.* Massage therapy techniques may be tailored to fit the needs of the patient and may vary depending on the expertise and training of the massage therapist.
At Survivor Wellness, massage therapy sessions are typically one-hour sessions.
*People with cancer should receive approval from their health care provider before receiving deep or intense pressure massage.
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?
In recent years, scientific literature has produced evidence of the benefits of massage in greater measure than ever before. Rigorous reviews of dozens of studies have shown results which indicate the effectiveness of massage in relieving pain in cancer patients, especially with surgery-related pain. Other studies provide supporting evidence that massage therapy may help to reduce anxiety in patients with cancer.
Massage therapy may also help to relieve other common symptoms or treatment side effects, such as nausea, fatigue, stress, and depression.
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Appointments are required to attend massage therapy.
To schedule an appointment please call us at (801)236-2294.
Scheduled appointments will take place at House #57 (the North House). Robes and other materials are provided.
Cancellations must be made with at least 24 hours of notice.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects: What the Science Says
- Massage Therapy for Health Purposes
National Cancer Institute
HOW CAN I HELP?
In order to provide services to as many of our clients as possible, we are always looking for additional volunteer massage therapists. If you are interested in volunteering as a massage therapist, whether to complete certification hours or to simply make a difference in the life of a cancer survivor, please call us at (801) 236-2294 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.