Is it safe for me to have a massage?
Lots of people come to us having heard that massage can spread cancer cells around the body. This is a myth that’s perpetuated over the years, but there’s absolutely no evidence to support it. Cancer is much more complex than that – it is not possible to influence cancer at a cellular level by applying massage. On the contrary, the right massage from a therapist with the appropriate training can deliver a world of benefits during cancer treatment and beyond.
However, it is really important to make sure that you find a therapist who has the right qualifications (such as one who has been SATCC approved). This will ensure that you receive the highest standard of care during your treatment and that your massage is adapted to your needs.
There have been various global studies on the effects of massage during cancer, all of which have concluded that massage has positive outcomes such as:
- Reduced pain perception
- Improved sleep
- Positive body image through touch and reconnection
- Enhanced wellbeing
- Improved responses to treatment
BY MARC INNES