YES! YES! YES!
European hospitals offer massage as a matter of course. European cancer survival statistics are better than the UK – so let’s get on with copying what they do!
Isabelle Brough offered mini-massages at the Wellness Day in Dorchester, and judging by the happy smiles she was very popular. She has kindly sent me a very interesting article on massage, including useful references. If anyone wants a session with her she is based near Henley, in the Thames Valley.
Indeed it is…
Some people worry that massage could cause cancer cells to spread to other parts of their body. Research has not found any evidence of this (Macmillan).
It is not essential to have the permission of your medical team but if you are concerned about how massage may affect you, then you may wish to discuss it with them before your appointment.
Please note that oncology massage is not in itself a treatment for cancer, but is a complementary therapy to support any medical treatment you may be receiving. It is not suitable for areas affected by lymphoedema, you should seek a specialist in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) if you require specific treatment for this condition.