Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” changes everything in a split second. The emotions that flow through you are endless. Fear, anger, anxiety, helplessness, sadness – the list goes on.
Then, the process of deciding on treatment begins and doctors’ appointments, information gathering and planning out your life consume your every waking moment. This is a challenging time. Eating often becomes difficult, as does sleeping and concentration. Feeling relaxed becomes something you are not sure you may ever feel again.
Although all of this is circumstantially normal, given the life altering news you received, there are approaches you can take to help alleviate some of these feelings.
Benefits of Oncology Massage Therapy
Oncology massage therapy is one great place to begin. Oncology massage is a specialized approach to massage therapy that combines both compassion and specific massage techniques to help people with cancer. It is safe before, during and after treatment.
Research indicates that oncology massage therapy helps improve quality of life. Benefits may include:
- Improved relaxation and sleep
- Alleviation of some of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
- Reduced anxiety and tension
- Improved immune function
- Relief from pain, fatigue and nausea
Those who are post-surgery may also experience scar tissue reduction (both incisional and due to radiation) and reduced swelling from lymphedema.
10% Off a Spa Service if You’ve Had a Mammogram
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We want to take this time to remind women that it’s important for to get regular screenings via mammography according to their doctor’s recommendation. And, if you come to Spa Services at Cornerstone anytime during the month of October and let us know that you’ve had your annual mammogram, we’ll give you 10% off any single service.