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Hi,

I'm hoping you can advise me. My sister is in her twenties and has been diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour. For her birthday I purchased a full body massage, but I'm not sure if it's safe? The massage is at a day spa, with the therapists not specially trained or anything. Our doctor has said it's safe as long as my sister doesn't have her head massaged. However I've read online that it's unsafe anywhere on the body (unless the therapist has been specially trained). Please can you advise whether it's safe to get a full body massage in these circumstances? Any help you have will be appreciated. Thank you

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Charlotte-

As a licensed massage therapist, my first question for your sister would be about her doctor's opinion about her receiving a massage, if she were my client.

I will let you know that I am trained in cancer/oncology massage. There is research that shows that massage therapy does not spread cancer. Has your sister started any types of treatment for the brain tumor? (ex. chemotherapy or radiation or surgery) If she has, I would probably say that I would feel more comfortable with her receiving massage therapy with someone who has been trained in cancer massage for a full body massage. There are massages other than full body should be ok.

My concern mostly lies in dealing with certain things: lymph nodes that have/haven't been removed, site of radiation, etc.

One thing that is often helpful for individuals with cancer is receiving reflexology. I know here in the United States, most day spas offer that service, I'm not sure if they do in the UK. Reflexology is a type of foot massage that also can relieve tension/pain/dysfunction of the body.

I'd love to help your sister out in any way I can. I think it is a wonderful gift that you have given her.

I'm interested in hearing about how she is and will be thinking about you all.

Always,

Jessica  

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I can answer questions related to stretching, deep tissue, reflexology, cancer massage and orthobionomy as well as post-surgery massage and insurance filing for massage therapists and how to get a massage therapy license and working with fibromyalgia clients. I cannot answer questions especially related to energy work, accupressure, rules of massage outside the United States.

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I have been practicing massage therapy for 6 years and am nationally certified. I am certified in Integrative reflexology. I was trained in insurance filing. I routinely work with doctors on their clients following surgery. I have taken 3 classes in orthobionomy and have had training in cancer massage and read books on cancer massage and massage for the medically frail. My primary area of massage is working with individuals in pain from fibromyagia to auto accidents to chronic pain. Depending on the case depends upon the modality used, but I perform a lot of deep tissue massage.

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BA in Molecular Biology 500 hours Massage Certification Certification in Integrated Reflexology

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