My Experience with Cancer and
How I Came to Join the Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Care Center
Every experience with this cancer is different. My cancer itself was asymptomatic but the chemotherapy was very hard. It made me feel alienated from my body which became a place of pain, endless fatigue and unexpected aversions. Massage was one of the few times when I would feel reconnected and grounded with myself. Volunteering with the CMCC as a massage therapist, while offering a sliding scale in my own private practice, is my way of becoming a part of the community support for people with this illness.
Does massage have any direct effect on cancer or its treatment?
Massage does not treat cancer, nor can it make the effects of chemotherapy or radiation go away but these are some of its amazing benefits.
- It makes the process bearable and alleviates discomfort by activating pressure points related to important organs. This in turn helps with issues like nausea, fatigue, pain and indigestion.
- Oil massage is detoxifying and relaxing. An improved circulatory and digestive system can more effectively move out the chemo drugs and ease body pain.
- A touch that is comforting and nurturing goes a long way towards easing stress and pain related muscle tension and aids in quick recovery.
Massage is a great complement to any other self-care regimen that you can include at this time. Two modalities that I cannot recommend enough are yoga and exercise.