Massage and other gentle bodywork techniques focus on the positive effects of human touch. They are popular complementary therapies that you may benefit from. It is advisable to discuss with your treating doctor prior to receiving complementary therapies.
Touch is important to well-being. One of the marvels of touch is that it benefits people at all stages of life, on every level—physical, emotional and mental. It can improve sleep, reduce muscular tension, provide a sense of well-being and calm and improve self-image and concentration.
Touch is especially needed during illness. It is a powerful expression of care, acceptance and emotional nourishment. During a medical procedure, before surgery or in the midst of discomfort or anxiety, you will probably find that touch from friends or family can be very calming.
Sometimes it is believed that massaging—rather than simply touching—someone with cancer may be harmful. However comfort-oriented massage can safely be given to people at all stages of their cancer journey.
Please discuss any issues or concerns with your doctor if you are unsure or call Cancer Council
13 11 20.