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The society for oncology massage defines this modality as “the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment.” This massage has many layers and is adaptable based on the client’s current health, treatment, and interest or need.  All the signature massage modalities are possible, as well as scar tissue mobilization, specific work on surgical site, peripheral neuropathy protocol, East Indian stone massage, acupressure, reiki, reflexology, comfort touch, and sound healing.  Oncology massage recognizes that those in active treatment, recovery, survivorship, or end of life need specialized massage from Oncology trained therapists who modify techniques to adapt for side effects as well as the disease. This is an effective yet nurturing massage that promotes stillness as well as addressing bothersome symptoms.

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