"Massage has been proven to offer a world of wellbeing benefits from reducing pain perception to improved mental wellbeing, which is especially important for anyone handling a cancer diagnosis."

Marc Innes
Founder of the School of Natural Therapies

Marc-Innes-small

MASSAGE & TOUCH therapy

Massage and other touch therapies such as reflexology, are proven to offer a world of health and wellbeing benefits at all stages of life, including during and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

It's an area that has experienced a lot of conflicting advice and information in the past, but is increasingly supported not only by anecdotal evidence but also scientific research as well. For example, one PubMed paper highlighted that: "The longer term massage effects included reduced depression and hostility and increased urinary dopamine, serotonin values, NK cell number, and lymphocytes."

Understandably, lots of people who are interested in having a massage during or after cancer treatment have questions. Marc Innes is an Advisory Board member of the SATCC and founder of the School of Natural Therapies as well as 23 years' experience working in the NHS. Here, he answers some of the most common questions from cancer patients.

Select an article from Marc

Is it safe for me to have a massage?

Let’s bust a few myths and talk about just some of the proven benefits of massage during and beyond cancer treatment.]

READ MORE about Is it safe for me to have a massage?

What will my therapist ask me?

Your therapist will want to plan your treatment to give you the best experience. Here’s some of the things they might ask you about.

READ MORE about What will my therapist ask me?

What happens before and during a massage?

Your therapist will guide you through your treatment to make sure you’re comfortable – here’s what to expect.

READ MORE about What happens before and during a massage?

Can I have any type of massage?

Some types of massage aren’t recommended during active cancer treatments, but the right therapist will be able to offer informed advice.

READ MORE about Can I have any type of massage?

"Massage has been proven to offer a world of wellbeing benefits from reducing pain perception to improved mental wellbeing, which is especially important for anyone handling a cancer diagnosis."

Marc Innes

Meet our other wellbeing experts