Massage and Cancer

Massage for those with cancer can be extremely beneficial in reducing pain, nausea, cancer related fatigue, and in improving qulity of sleep

Massage can be extremely beneficial in reducing pain, nausea, fatigue and improving the quality of sleep.

Within the spa, beauty and massage sectors, there exists a misguided belief that massage can cause cancerous cells to break off and spread. This is utterly misguided and, in the words of professor Karol Sikora, one of the world’s foremost oncologists, “there is simply no evidence to support such a contention”. 

John Holman, founder of the Massage Matters Clinic, also sits on the board of the Standards Authority for Touch in Cancer Care (SATCC) where he is a founder-board member. John has campaigned relentlessly to dispel the myths surrounding massage and cancer, and to promote its benefits. This has been essential in encouraging the UK spa & wellness industries to take massage seriously as a means for providing relief to those undergoing cancer treatments.

There are numerous high quality scientific studies which indicate that massage for those with cancer is both safe and beneficial. Here are just a few facts from some of the best worldwide studies:

  1. Massage has been scientifically shown to reduce nausea and sickness following chemotherapy
  2. Massage has been scientifically shown to reduce pain
  3. Massage has been scientifically shown to reduce cancer-related fatigue
  4. Massage has been scientifically shown to improve the quality of sleep 

If you are currently being treated for cancer and would like to have a massage with us, please rest assured that it is perfectly safe to do so.

Duration: Bookable from 30 to 90 minutes

    Therapists: All therapists

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      Mon: 1.00pm - 9.30pm
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      Wed: 11.00am - 4.00pm
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      Sat: 7.00am - 9.30pm
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      Massage Matters
      11 Friday Court (1st Floor)
      Thame, Oxfordshire
      OX9 3GA

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      M: 07771 896398

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