Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Previously considered taboo, recent research shows that massage therapy is actually beneficial for cancer patients. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, massage is no longer contraindicated for cancer patients. Massage therapy helps cancer patients reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and also relieves some muscle tension and pain from headaches, backaches and joint pain. The American Cancer Society has said massage is “thought almost universally to be a beneficial therapy. It is helpful not only physically but emotionally as well, because it soothes the soul and the mind.” Vito Mazza Salon & Day Spa’s massage therapists have successfully completed courses with Cross Country Education on how to correctly massage cancer patients. These therapists are trained to use gentle to medium pressure on cancer patients, and avoid deep tissue massage. Because cancer patients require special care, experts from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center say they should only visit certified therapists, such as the therapists from Vito Mazza Salon, Spa & Hair Restoration. Vickie Torrey, instructor from Cross Country Education and international continuing education instructor in cancer massage, said “As the client moves through their cancer experience, you can adjust the level of touch. From just being diagnosed, to chemotherapy/radiation treatments, to remission, cancer massage is beneficial and healing for the cancer patient.” To find out more information about Vito Mazza Salon & Spa’s massage therapy practices for cancer patients please call 732-636-0119.