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Free Massages for Cancer Patients

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The NZ College of Massage will be massaging volunteers on Monday 10th October at the end of a 2 day course on Oncology Massage.  They are looking for people who can make it in for a 2.30pm start, for about 90 mins.

The venue is at NZ College of Massage, on the corner of Greenlane and Manukau Rd (entrance opposite the Lido Cinema). On the day, the recipient will be greeted and given a health history form to complete. There will be a brief chat to plan the session, then the therapist will leave them to undress in privacy and to get themselves on the massage table. They will be draped for privacy and given a relaxing massage for a minimum of an hour.

The students all have a minimum of one years training, some are third year degree students, so you can be confident that they have an understanding of physiology. They will have been learning about cancer treatments, side effects, and the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, not to mention the practical aspects of positioning someone who may be in pain or have difficulty lying down etc, and gentle treatment.

If you are interested, please contact Amanda by email or on one of the phone numbers below.

Amanda Bell

Napier City Massage Therapy

Phone: 06 833 6162

Mobile: 0211 426944

What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment.  Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.

Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.