Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy treatments are available at no cost for enrolled members of Survivor Wellness.

Treatments are held in the 57 House (north of our main house at 59 S. 1100 E.)

    View the monthly schedule here, and contact us to book.

    Appointments are booked from 2 weeks prior to the date of the session. You may submit a booking request at any time by contacting us.

    Learn more about our licensed massage therapist (LMT), Kiera, here.

    WHAT to expect: Our massage therapists are licensed in the state of Utah to provide professional, oncology-specific, hands-on treatment. 

    HOW to schedule if you're undergoing treatment: If performed within 1-5 days of receiving chemotherapy treatment, massage can exacerbate side effects such as nausea, fatigue, nerve related pain, bruising, and gastrointestinal discomfort. Schedule your massage 1-5 BEFORE you are due for your treatment to avoid exacerbated symptoms.
    Recent radiation treatment, lymph node removal, and other surgeries are contraindicated sites for massage. You can still receive a comfortable massage on most of your body, but treatment sites will be avoided until cleared by your doctor-led cancer care team.
    As you receive new medications from your doctors, it’s a good idea to know side effects and contraindications that may affect your massage experience such as blood thinning/easy bruising, fatigue or disorientation, risk of blood clots, increased diarrhea or constipation, and pain reduction. While these side effects don’t contraindicate massage, they will affect the depth, modality, and structure of your massage experience.

    ABOUT Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is widely recognized for helping to relieve pain (including chronic pain), promote relaxation, and improve mood (links to research below). Massage therapy sessions are hands-on -  the provider presses, kneads and rubs the client's muscles and other soft tissues of the body to help release accumulated tension. 

    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.

    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. Massage therapy may also help to relieve other common symptoms or adverse effects, such as nausea, fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression.  People with cancer should receive approval from their health care provider before receiving deep or intense pressure massage.

    ARTICLES on Massage Therapy:
    From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and the National Cancer Institute:


    Sessions must be booked in advance; limited number of free sessions offered each month. Contact us with questions or booking requests.

    OUR PROVIDERS ALSO OFFER SESSIONS VIA THEIR SMALL BUSINESSES LOCATED AT SURVIVOR WELLNESS. Enrolled members receive a discounted rate, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Survivor Wellness. Contact us to learn more.