Aims to provide readers with the confidence to administer massage to their clients who have a history of cancer treatment. This book explains how to adjust their massage techniques in order to give massage sessions in a safe manner. It also gives ideas about ameliorating the side effects of conventional cancer treatments.
"An excellent resource which has long been needed by health professionals." "--"Bernie Siegel, author, "Prescriptions for Living"
Gayle MacDonald, M.S., L.M.T., began her career as a teacher in 1973 and as a massage therapist in 1989. In 1991, she blended her two career paths. Since 1994, the author has given massage to cancer patients and supervised massage therapists on the oncology units of Oregon Health and Science University. MacDonald is a frequent contributor to the three main massage journals in the US. Presently, she travels the US teaching continuing education courses in oncology massage. MacDonald is the author of Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005).
Preface Chapter 1-Introduction Chapter 2-Dispelling the Myths About Metastasis: Facts About How Cancer Spreads Chapter 3-Touch-Rx for Body, Mind, and Heart: A Review of the Research and Literature Chapter 4-Reclaiming the Body: Bodywork for People Living with Cancer Chapter 5-BE-ing is Enough: Comforting Touch for the Dying Chapter 6-Massage at Respite: Caring for the Caregiver Chapter 7-Companions on the Journey: Who Gives? Who Receives? Afterword Appendices