Note about COVID-19 and oncology massage: Cancer and cancer treatments can drastically reduce immune system functioning in the short and long term. We always advise oncology massage clients to discuss the appropriateness of massage with their doctor, and this is especially important at this time. We furthermore advise anyone with drastically impaired immune function (including but not limited to low immune blood cell counts) to avoid massage therapy at this time.
Cancer and treatments for cancer take their toll on the body and mind, and test the spirit. We have been witness to profoundly difficult and moving experiences as family and friends walked this path.
Massage therapy for cancer patients and survivors by a trained professional is safe, nurturing, and may have positive health impacts such as improved sleep, reduced pain and anxiety, relief from nausea, improved mobility, and increased energy, while strengthening the immune system. The immediate and long term impacts of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and the disease process itself call for a variety of adjustments and usually require a gentle and gradual approach that evolves over numerous sessions. In almost all cases, massage therapy is possible, and even the most gentle bodywork can be deeply moving and impactful.
In 2009 Kim Magraw took an oncology massage intensive course taught by Lauren Cates of Lighthold. Kim is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage. He has volunteered his skills at the Children's Cancer Association, Hospice Care of the Northwest, Avon Walks for Breast Cancer, and Taking Care Portland. You'll find more about Kim's background at the "About" page on this website.
"Mom is feeling much better today. She just said, 'this is the best she has done in a year!'" - Randy B., March 2018
"Thank you for making me feel good when my body and mind were at its sickest. You are a healer Kim and I will never forget all the people who helped me through the worst journey in my life. I couldn’t have made it without all of the beautiful people who picked me up and carried my burden for me when I couldn’t."- Danette F., April 2017
"Kim is quite the find for me. As a cancer patient, as well as a former massage therapist, I appreciate his care, concern for my well-being, flexibility, and -- most importantly -- skill and sensitivity to what my body needs. He listens to what I ask for and provides it." - David B., October 2014
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