Oncology Massage is increasingly being used by those with cancer as a gentle, safe and effective therapy helping provide some relief from some of the symptoms it can bring – as well as offering some much needed time out and nurturing during what can for some be a stressful time.
Research is continuing to highlight the power of oncology massage and it’s now recognised by leading cancer research, support and funding groups.
A 2004 study revealed these results from oncology massage:
pain improved 47%
fatigue improved 42%
anxiety improved 59%
nausea improved 51%
depression improved 48%
other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%
Our trained therapists are able to work with you before, during or after cancer treatment.
They’re able to identify your specific needs to perform supportive massage through mindful touch and can work effectively with scar tissue, chemotherapy ports, post-surgery recovery and the effects of radiotherapy.
specialties: remedial massage, pregnancy massage, bowen therapy, oncology massage, active tissue release massage, aromatherapy
Having been an integral part of the Embody Health team since 2005, Heidi Sumner’s skill set is diverse; she boasts a Diploma of Remedial Massage, a Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy, and both training and experience in Bowen Therapy, oncology massage, pregnancy massage, and active tissue release massage. Her training in active tissue release massage, which she undertook in Sydney, gives her a distinct edge in Perth, and helps deliver ultra-effective remedial massage.
In her current role, and in her former career as a paediatric occupational therapist both in Australia and abroad, Heidi has a proven track record of helping clients improve their health through boosting their range of movement, reducing bodily pain and bringing down stress levels. She has successfully treated men and women affected by conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and back problems, and can combine her different skills to fast-track results.
During her two years as as a remedial and relaxation massage therapist with the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors in Perth for, she spent time helping people affected by posttraumatic stress disorders. She has also worked with cancer patients to help relieve the side effects of their treatments which has seen her complete Level 1 and Level 2 Oncology Massage Training, as well as volunteer her time at SolarisCare – St John of God Subiaco’s support centre offering information, education and complementary therapies to cancer patients and their primary carers.
With a keen interest in complementary therapies, she continues to attend ongoing training workshops, including Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Living, Remedial Massage therapy techniques, Feldenkrais, and Oncology massage updates.
She is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, The International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association, and is a registered therapist with Oncology Massage Limited.