Since opening in 2013, our team has had the privilege of being trusted in the health journeys of thousands of clients. From exciting life events such as pregnancy and elite sports preparation to the utmost challenging including injury and illness.
Through this experience, we have proven just how beneficial massage can be in supporting wellbeing through all stages of life.
Today we will be taking a look at how massage, including our M1 Lymphatic Method, can support individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
How can massage support your treatment?
Massage can be used to support the overall wellbeing of a patient undergoing conventional cancer treatments.
A large study of nearly 1300 patients* found that massage helped reduce symptoms of cancer treatment such as pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and anxiety by approximately 50 percent. It can also be used pre and post-treatment to support the body’s natural healing processes.
At Massage One, our team has the awareness and expertise to modify and adjust a conventional massage for someone with a history or diagnosis of cancer, while being mindful of any contraindications for massage.
Adjustments will be made depending on previous or current treatment, medication and tumour sites. This ensures the provision of a safe and effective treatment.
Before commencing treatment
If possible, we recommend beginning your M1 Lymphatic massages prior to surgery or other treatments. By making positive health and lifestyle changes, your body will be functioning optimally and ready to heal.
In the lead-up to your treatment, we recommend a series of three massages performed at weekly intervals. This will help to boost your lymphatic system to aid the body’s natural detoxification process.
Other benefits include reducing fluid retention, improved circulation, greater nutrient distribution, improved sleep quality, and feeling lighter, less bloated, and more energetic.
If you are preparing for treatment, get in touch with our team to discuss your personalised plan.
After surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments, our M1 Lymphatic Method may help with a multitude of side effects.
This gentle massage technique can help to drain excess water, toxins, bacteria, waste and medications, and anaesthetic used in your treatment. While your body will naturally remove waste, other healing processes often take priority. Incorporating massage can help to speed up this process and give your body a helping hand!
Lymphatic Drainage has also been linked with a strengthened immune system. Massage naturally increases the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity which helps the body to fight off illness, bacteria, and infection. This can help to give your body an extra defence against any unwanted sickness while you are recovering.
If you, or someone you know, is currently undergoing cancer treatment, we encourage you to reach out to our team to discuss how massage can support you.
*Study information provided by Cancer Council Australia.