For many years massage was considered a contra-indication for those suffering with Cancer due to misconceptions about massage spreading cancer cells around the body.
Fortunately today this myth has been dispelled and massage therapies are widely used hospices and other agencies throughout the UK.
The Amethyst Trust have developed a specialist routine for therapists to make adjustments in their technique around alterations in the patient’s body caused by their treatment, such as the removal of lymph glands or internal devices to release chemotherapy and colostomy bags. There is also consideration given to the emotional aspect of treating a client with cancer.
Therapists are taught to perform the treatment with the client lying on their back because most surgical procedures for cancer enter through the front of the body.
The treatment is endorsed by Penny Brohn Cancer Care in Bristol and is available from Still Waters Therapies.