Top Questions

Oncology Massage

IS IT SAFE FOR SOMEONE WITH CANCER TO HAVE A MASSAGE? 

CAN I HAVE MASSAGE WHILST I’M UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIOTHERAPY? 

Absolutely! There is no credible evidence that suggests gentle massage helps to spread cancer. In fact, most cancer organisations now offer Complimentary Therapies as part of the ongoing treatment package. 

YES! Having a massage whilst undergoing treatment may help to reduce some of the common side effects people experience such as nausea, fatigue, constipation. It may also be a great way to reduce stress and muscle tension. 

DO I NEED TO ASK MY ONCOLOGY TEAM IF I CAN HAVE A MASSAGE? 

CAN I CANCEL AT SHORT NOTICE IF I DONT FEEL WELL ENOUGH? 

YES! You will need permission from your Oncology Team prior to starting massage treatment with me. 

DO I NEED TO TRAVEL FOR MY MASSAGE? 

YES! If you feel too unwell to receive your massage, we can either reschedule or adapt the massage to suit your needs on that day – for example we could massage just the hands and feet, have a chat and a cuppa. 

How often should I book?

This is difficult to answer as it really does depend from person to person and the reason for the massage in the first place. This is something we will discuss at the end of the 1st session where I will be in a better position to advise on your individual situation and set out a treatment plan tailored to best suit your needs. This could range from  a suggestion of weekly sessions for a while to monthly maintenance sessions. However the decision will always be yours to make and I will work within what is comfortable for you.

Will the massage be painful?

Truthfully – at times yes this may well be the case. If you book a Remedial or Deep Tissue massage then its highly likely the session will be uncomfortable in places as these massages involve working the deeper layers of the muscles using elbows, forearms etc.
However everything will be done to within your tolerance level.

Yes both cash and card are accepted.

I am a Vegan – what massage wax is used?

Do you accept cash & card payments?

I use an unscented wax made from beeswax.
I also have a vegan wax I can use. Please be sure to let me know before we begin the massage.

Will I need to provide anything for
my massage?

The great news is all you need to provide is a towel to cover yourself with during the massage! I bring everything else I need with me. All I need is some space to set up my massage couch and some space to work around it.

How much time should I set aside for my appointment?

Sessions will last 60mins or 90mins depending on what you have booked. This will include set up, set down, ongoing consultation and home care advice.
Please allow an extra 10mins or so for your first appointment as we will spend some time discussing your consultation form in order to make sure the massage is appropriate and safe for you as well as establishing what areas I need to focus on etc.

Will I need to take my clothes off?

If you are having Indian Head Massage then no as this massage is performed over clothes. 

 

For any other massage then yes as I will need to apply the massage wax to your skin in order to carry out the massage. However, you will be covered with towels throughout the massage and only the specific area I am working on will be exposed at any one time.

Is my information kept confidential?

Yes. Your personal information is not shared with anyone else except in exceptional circumstances where I may be legally required to do so. The only other time information may be shared is with another practitioner in the case of a referral and then only with your consent.

NO!! I am a mobile therapist so you can enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your own home. You can even just stay in your pyjamas if that’s what you need that day. 

DO I HAVE TO LIE ON A MASSAGE COUCH? 

NO!  The treatment can be adapted to suit your needs. You can receive a massage seated, side lying or lying – the choice is entirely yours. 

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