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Caring for Clients with Cancer
At the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing we offer safe, compassionate, effective forms of complementary care for clients who are living with cancer.
While living with cancer can be a challenging experience of how to live a "normal" daily life through times of extreme stress, pain, and fatigue many individuals also report this journey in their life to be one of profound personal growth. We at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing are willing to be present and nurturing with caring hands and open ears during all aspects of your journey. We believe that by offering individuals care through a variety of services such as: Massage Therapy, Cellular Expansion & Healing, Reiki, Meditation, Visualization, Counseling, and Breathwork, clients will have the opportunity to be supported in ways that provide comfort, connection, and respect. By opening to receive support during their illness we hope to provide clients with useful tools to increase their awareness of stress signals, providing them with skills to become more mindful of their personal needs so that they may improve their quality of life.
Hands-on forms of bodywork, such as Oncology Massage, can be wonderful ways for clients with cancer to be supported body, mind, and spirit while living with cancer.
Study Suggested Benefits of Bodywork for Cancer Patients
Decreases Pain and Tension
Decreases Anxiety & Depression
Increases Immune function to speed healing
Increases mental clarity
Provides faster wound healing
Shortens hospital stays
Encourages deeper respiration
Assists in a more positive body image
Helps clients to "Feel like themselves again"
"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client’s stories in our hands. We witness someone’s experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible: the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgment, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another person’s legend. In massage therapy, we show up and ask, in so many ways, what it is like to be another human being. In doing so, we build a bridge that may heal us both."
--Tracy Walton, "The Health History of a Human Being,"
Massage Therapy Journal, Winter 1999.
Our massage therapists are trained to provide individual care to suit the needs of our clients living with cancer by modifying speed, pressure, positioning, length of session time and site involvement (such as IV’s, drains, skin conditions, edema, and any lymph node or bone involvement).
*We do ask for permission to contact a client’s oncology physician so that we may become more informed of any special concerns and/or precautions.
* Staying in communication with your therapist about; where you are in your course of treatment, changes in your condition, or side-effects from treatment is essential for your care.
Care for the Caregiver
Individuals who are living with cancer are not the only ones who are affected by the physical and emotional stress that comes along with illness. Family, friends, and caregivers are also fully impacted by the illness. While caring for a loved one can be very rewarding the demands that come along with the extra attention given can be extremely exhausting, leaving a person left with little time or energy for themselves. Caregivers will put aside care for their daily lives, physical needs, and emotions in order to be of assistance to their loved ones. It is essential for caregivers to take time during this exhausting period to allow themselves to be on the receiving end of care to avoid burn-out, fatigue, depression, and potential illness of their own. By taking this time for their own needs they will not only feel better, but they will be able to provide better care for the individual in their life.
Massage Therapy, Cellular Expansion & Healing, Reiki, Counseling, Visualization, Breathwork, and Meditation are also effective tools provided for Caregivers at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing.