Metta Massage Therapy
Bruce A. Hopkins, LMT
Musings About Cancer and Massage
"One Man's Massage Journey",
Massage and Bodywork Magazine, Feb/Mar - 2007, pp45 - 49
The Healing Effects of Massage Mind" by Carrie Osborn, Body Sense
Magazine - Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Spring 2011,
to the Editor,
Cured vs Healed, Cure Magazine, April 30 - 2008,
Articles Written for the Society for Oncology Massage Website
Right (or Obligation) to Refuse
An ethical massage therapist with no oncology massage
training was terminated by a national massage chain when she refused a
client in current treatment for cancer. This paper explains how her actions
met our highest ethical standard of "Do no harm".
"How do I explain to people what happens on my massage
table?" Here is one therapist's answer to this common question and a
magazine article discussing it for clients.
Dx Cancer Brain - Rx Massage
Cancer patients and their oncologists have had a long
standing difference of opinion about the cause of chemobrain. Perhaps there
is a larger explanation.
Do I need to glove for my own safety when massaging someone
who is receiving or has recently received chemotherapy?
Here is a way to think about this vexing issue.
Massage, Moles and Melanoma - Of ABC's and Ugly Ducklings
Most cancer patients are at permanent risk for secondary
malignancies. Because we regularly see our client's most-at-risk areas, we
are in a position to flag suspicious moles for subsequent medical
examination. This how-to may save a client's life.
Reducing the Risk of Lymphedema During and After Breast
Many breast cancer patients do not hear or remember what they
made have been told about lymphedema. Oncology massage therapists can play
an important role in following up to be sure patients process the
information. This article tells you and them what to watch for.
Radiation Fibrosis and the Risk of Lymphedema
Cancer patients who have had radiation are at life-long increased risk of
lymphedema . There is evidence that the risk often increases, not declines,
as the years go by. The page concludes. "When
receiving massage, patient/clients can reduce the risk of precipitating
lymphedema by seeing massage therapists who are trained to make the
necessary adjustments for a lymphatic system damaged by radiation."
There - Done That"
Lessons for the newly diagnosed contributed by cancer patient who have been
there and done that.
Compiled for Maine's Cancer Community Center.
How to (Truly) Relax
Two daily exercises to help defuse that
stress between massages. They are easy learn and the practice needed
to master them pays long term dividends.
Massage and Cancer Aphorisms
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by Bruce A. Hopkins