Swedish Prenatal Oncology Massage
Swedish massage is also known as a standard massage designed to promote relaxation, improve circulation and to release muscular tension all in one and is the most common type of massage practiced in the United States and the western world.
Swedish massage therapists will employ a variety of techniques throughout the massage including (but certainly not limited to) long gliding stokes towards the heart to promote circulation and lymph flow, compression on major muscle groups and attachment sights to gently release tense muscles.
What are the benefits of Swedish Massage?
Swedish massage boasts loads of benefits for both the mind and the body. On a physical level, a Swedish massage will help to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, improve circulation of blood and lymph, reduce blood pressure, and assist with dissolution of scar tissue and adhesions (knots).
On an equally important but more subtle level, a Swedish massage can help to reduce anxiety and depression which in turn can promote a sense of relaxation and wellbeing that encourages the rest and reset response the body and mind require to heal and rejuvenate.
A prenatal massage is a full body massage performed by a certified prenatal massage therapist that is similar to a Swedish massage, except for a few modifications with body positioning that can ensure the safety and comfort for both mother and baby. You can expect your practitioner to focus on areas such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and feet. Massage can address swelling, pain, discomfort, tension, and adhesions. Once you're on the table, your therapist will have you lay on your side.
Massage is generally considered safe following the first trimester of pregnancy. If you're at risk for preterm labor, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or other possible complications, your doctor or midwife may advise against massage during pregnancy. There are lots of aches and pains that come with being pregnant.
How often should a pregnant woman get a prenatal massage?
As a general rule of thumb, antenatal massage can benefit you throughout your pregnancy with monthly appointments until around 27 weeks, then twice monthly appointments from around 27 weeks to 36 weeks, and weekly appointments from 36 weeks until you give birth.
A prenatal massage may:
Provide pain relief.
Improve your quality of sleep.
Reduce your anxiety and depression.
Oxygenate your muscles and tissues.
Oncology massage is the modification of massage therapy to safely work with the effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Everyone affected by cancer — people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, those at the end of life, and even caregivers — can benefit from oncology massage. These benefits can include: respite from pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone affected by cancer are critical to providing a safe massage.
A trained oncology massage therapist makes adaptations for:
Fatigue. Peripheral neuropathy. Low blood cell counts. Blood clots. Bone pain. Bone metastases. Radiation or surgery. Removal of lymph nodes. Lymphedema. Medications. Medical devices. Late effects of treatment
For someone in active cancer treatment or recovery, a practitioner will adapt pressure and speed to ensure maximum support. Deep and vigorous massage may add to fatigue, compromise skin or bone integrity, aggravate the side effects of compromised blood cell counts or vital organ impairment, cause nausea, create unnecessary risk for someone with or at risk for blood clots, or trigger or exacerbate lymphedema. Positioning and bolstering the body to accommodate medical devices and post-surgical changes will provide comfort and relief.