Oncology Massage Therapy (OMT) is a therapeutic massage designed for an individual in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer. OMT can help reduce symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, including nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and pain.
45 minute: $65
60 minute: $85
75 minute: $105
90 minute: $120
Oncology Massage Therapy FAQ
How is an oncology massage different from a therapeutic massage?
Like any therapeutic massage session, oncology massage is never "one size fits all." It's always designed specifically for the person on the table. I may make minor adjustments, like reducing pressure or stroke direction in areas where lymph nodes were removed or radiation occurred. I do these things to keep from triggering any complications. I may also use different techniques to address areas of scar tissue or swelling, if surgery was part of your treatment.
How can massage therapy help someone experiencing cancer?
Is oncology massage therapy safe? Can it spread cancer?
Can you include lymphatic drainage in my oncology massage session?
Lymphatic drainage makes a great complement to oncology massage therapy, because it can help prevent and manage lymphedema, and other symptoms/side effects that can come with cancer and treatment. In general, as long as your heart and kidneys are functioning, I can usually add lymphatic work into our session. The heart and kidney guideline exists because lymphatic drainage increases the "lymphatic load" that the heart and kidneys have to process. In rare cases I may ask you to get your physician's approval first. Give me a call if you aren't sure whether lymphatic drainage is right for you, and we can chat more about it.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I am not set up to bill insurance. If you request it, I can give you a superbill that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement, but I can't guarantee they'll reimburse anything. I do accept HSA/FSA payments.
Can you come to a home, hospital room, or hospice room to provide massage therapy?
For clients who cannot travel to my office, and who are located in the Decatur, Clarkston, or Tucker areas, I am able to do outcall visits. However, depending on my in-office schedule, I cannot always squeeze in a housecall. I am not able to make outcalls during peak rush hours, and I charge an extra travel fee.
I have been cancer-free for many years. Why would I still need or want to receive massage therapy from an oncology-trained therapist?
Certain risks that result from cancer treatment can be lifelong- the most common being risk of lymphedema. An oncology-trained massage therapist (OMT) is trained to ask the right questions and listen for answers that would indicate these risks. An OMT can make the appropriate adjustments to avoid triggering unnecessary complications.