Here at Colorado Body Wisdom, we have seen first hand the benefits that Oncology Massage provides to those dealing with cancer. We have multiple therapists with specialized training to work safely and effectively with clients who are both in treatment and in recovery. We believe in the healing power of touch and are honored to offer it to you.
What is Oncology Massage?
Oncology massage is the specialized application of massage therapy techniques for those dealing with cancer–either in treatment, in recovery, or at the end of life. Massage therapists trained in oncology massage possess the skills to work safely and effectively with the complications of cancer and the treatment process. Because of the myriad of effects that cancer has on the human body, as well as the many side effects of medication, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, it is imperative to work with a massage therapist who has a thorough knowledge of the disease and its treatment. Even decades after cancer treatment is complete, it is important to work with a trained massage specialist who can ensure that the massage will not affect bone integrity, vital organs, or compromised lymph nodes.
Oncology massage begins with a thorough intake to evaluate and assess how best to tailor the massage therapy treatment to the client’s particular condition. The massage therapist will take into account the cancer treatment history, tumor and/or metastasis site, compromised blood cell counts, any lymph node involvement, any history of blood clots and/or blood clot risk, long and short term medications, vital organ involvement, fragile or unstable tissue, medical devices, fatigue, neuropathy, pain, changes in sensation, and late effects of treatment. All of these considerations will be used to adjust the techniques used to deliver a message that is both safe and therapeutic.
Benefits of Oncology Massage
Oncology massage treatments are each uniquely designed to meet the goals of each client and their individual journey with cancer. It can improve the quality of life by addressing the physical, emotional, psychological and social ramifications of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. These massage treatments can provide a much-needed respite, providing loving, soothing touch for deep relaxation and rest. Oncology massage therapy has been shown to boost immune function, help relieve anxiety, nausea, pain, and fatigue, as well as to mobilize scar tissue and improve circulation to help the body heal from surgery.
Who We Are
Colorado Body Wisdom is a healing arts and massage studio located in Boulder, Colorado. We are committed to providing the highest quality treatments delivered with compassion by only the most skilled therapists in the field. Our mission is to spread health and relieve suffering through the compassionate, skillful, and joyful practice of massage therapy, healing arts, and wellness education.
We strive to assist clients in living satisfied and authentic lives by: delivering the highest quality massage and therapeutic treatments; receiving clients with deep compassion while creating a safe space for emotional release and personal discovery; and orienting our treatments towards each client’s innate health–not their illness or pain.
At Colorado Body Wisdom, the well-being of our therapists is just as important as that of our clients. CBW owner, Rachel Scott, founded the company with the intention of creating a mutually supportive, inclusive, and harassment-free work environment for women in the healing arts. CBW is committed to providing a safe space for female practitioners to develop their skills and build a career in a profession they love.
We invite you to come in and experience the multitude of benefits of massage therapy for yourself!