According to many studies, therapeutic massage offers real benefits to cancer patients. Massage can help alleviate painful side effects & fatigue, control nausea, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost. Massage can even help reduce the need for pain medications.
More and more groups (whether they be individual foundations,massage therapists & spas or hospital centers & oncology clinics) are now offering their cancer patients FREE massage during their cancer treatments. Although I do not know of any nationwide group offering this amazing free service, there are many groups who are doing it on a local basis. Check out:
Greet the Day offers complimentary massage and bodywork therapies to cancer patients in Orange County, CA. In addition, they have partnered with Greener Pastures to offer FREE 30 minute bedside massages to hospitalized cancer patients @ the Medical Center of University of California, Irvine.
Angie’s Spa funds massages for cancer patients @ Northridge Hospital Medical Center in CA, @ Hartford Hospital in CT & @ Southampton Hospital in NY.
The Institute of Therapeutic Massage treats cancer patients @ Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ to free massages on Wednesdays.
The Oncology Massage Alliance offers FREE massage while patients receive chemotherapy in the infusion clinic of Texas Oncology Midtown. They hope to be able to expand their program throughout Texas and eventually to other states as well.
The Boston Medical Center has partnered with Cortiva Massage School students to provide free oncology massage for their patients.
The St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan offers free massage to their cancer patients.
Stress RX in Iowa offers up to 36 free massages over a 3 year period to cancer patients. This is amazing!!!!
Serendipity Bodyworks offers FREE massage for cancer patients or caregivers (and this includes oncology medical professionals too) from diagnosis through treatment in and around the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Pittsboro).
University of Colorado Health in Fort Collins, CO (formerly Poudre Valley Health System) offers offers inpatients FREE massage to help promote relaxation and relieve discomfort.
To see if there is an organization providing this amazing free service in your area, contact the Society For Oncology Massage (S4OM). They have a FREE national locator service that will help you find the right therapist for your needs. Also try googling “free massage for cancer in patients in (insert city)” & see what comes up. There are private massage groups or spas that will offer this from time to time. If you know of any groups offering FREE massages to cancer patients, please email me @ email@example.com & I’ll post it. Knowledge is power. Share the power!!!