I believe the 21st century is about self-empowerment. We no longer assumed that every claim we hear, or every article we read is true, especially when it comes to our health. People are now doing their research and finding alternative treatments that offer hope and results without harsh side effects or the ingestion of chemicals. When we hear the big ‘C’ word, we naturally want all the best treatments offered by doctors whether holistic, allopathic, or both.
I personally would have never thought of using massage as an option for cancer patients, but it offers benefits. Medicine Hands, Massage Therapy for People with Cancer 3rd Edition, offers a guide to touch therapy and the support it offer pre and post-treatments.
Every chapter contains updated information and insights into massaging people affected by cancer. New chapters have been added to cover each stage of the cancer experience: treatment, recovery, survivorship, side effects from the disease, and end of life. These new chapters and organizational structure will make it easier for the reader to find the information needed to plan the massage session for a given client. In addition, a new chapter has been added that focuses on the Pressure/Site/Positioning framework. This is the clinical framework around which the massage session is planned.
Touch is vital to cancer patients’ health, and well-being and massage is a proven way to receive the benefits of touch. Medicine Hands teaches bodywork practitioners, oncology professionals, patients and family members how massage can safely support patients as they receive treatment and during their recovery process. Lay persons, too, will find Medicine Hands to be easily accessible to them as the explore ways to support themselves or loved ones through the rigors of cancer treatments. If you have a loved one who has cancer, or if you’re a massage therapist, this book is a great companion.