The Ivy Day Spa is pleased to offer therapists specially trained and certified in Oncology massage techniques. Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.

What is Oncology Massage?

Oncology Massage is a modified massage with skilled techniques used to safely work with clients during cancer treatments and in remission.
As a form of Integrative Medicine for clients that choose chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, it is used to improve quality of life.

What’s special about Oncology Massage at The Ivy Day Spa?

Our resident oncology massage therapist is certified and trained in the concept of  “Blending East with West” by pioneers of oncology massage. Blending east with west integrates reflexology, acupressure, and Chinese thought, with traditional massage strokes. Through reflexology and acupressure, specific physical and emotional symptoms can be targeted. It brings a meditative quality to the work, and allows the organs to be strengthened. It works with the premise that the body-mind can heal on many levels.

Potential Benefits of Oncology Massage

  • vital organ support
  • supports the immune system
  • detoxification
  • psychological support
  • decreases anxiety and depression
  • increases relaxation
  • decreases edema and lymphedema
  • improves sleep
  • improves bowel activity
  • provides pain relief
  • re-builds hope
  • decreases fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • gives patient participation in the healing process
  • stimulates faster wound healing
  • relief from touch deprivation
  • re-establishes a positive body image
  • increases circulation
  • increases range of motion
  • sedates and stimulate nervous system
  • encourages deeper respiration
  • increases alertness and mental clarity

Because of adaptations, special care, and precautions needed for people who are undergoing cancer treatments and recent post treatments, we recommend receiving a massage from a qualified Certified Oncology Massage Therapist.

From AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, click here to read full article:
“Massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment. Therapeutic massage is most often given by trained massage therapists.”

From MASSAGE TODAY, click here to read full article:
“Oncology massage therapy actually is a combination of many styles of massage incorporated into one session. The differences in the styles and techniques used with cancer patients are noticeable, both visually and physically. Oncology massage is a non-invasive technique, specifically adapted for individuals of all ages and types of cancer. Cancer patients should only receive massage therapy from a therapist educated in oncology massage.”

PLEASE NOTE: Oncology massage appointments require a brief consultation between therapist and client, to determine the best therapies for each individual. This consultation may take place either by phone or at the spa prior to massage treatment, and generally takes about 20-30 minutes. You will be asked to schedule the consultation time when you call for the appointment.

We are now taking appointments beginning June 1. Please call 661-260-1244 for more information and to make an appointment with a certified oncology massage therapist.

Treatments Available

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE — In Treatment, 80 Minutes
For people in treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery). Massage is 60 minutes and consultation is 20 minutes. $125

ONCOLOGY MASSAGE — Post Treatment, 50 Minutes
For people in remission for at least 6 months, or free of cancer. Massage is 50 minutes. A consultation by phone or in person is needed before the massage.
If there is Lymphedema involved, depending on the severity, client may be referred to a Lymphedema therapist. $110