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Massage Therapy

For centuries, Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy in many cultures around the world. The amount of pressure, from gentle to firm, can be altered to meet each person’s preference. Huntsman Cancer Institute patients can receive massage therapy at a reduced cost.

Massage can help

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce Pain
  • Increase well-being
  • Relax muscles
  • Relieve pain and stiffness
  • Increase mobility
  • Help injured muscles
  • Reduce Headaches and backaches

Types of massage

  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Guided visualization
  • Jin Shin Jyutsu
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Meditation massage
  • Oncology massage
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Swedish massage

All our massage therapists provide oncology, lymphatic, and Swedish massage, along with reflexology and craniosacral therapy.

Our Massage Therapists

All Wellness Center massage therapists are licensed by the State of Utah.

Mary Dewall

Mary DeWall, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Jin Shin Jyutsu®
Mary’s passion is encouraging the body's innate healing response. She often combines trigger point therapy with soothing Swedish massage to release muscle tension in the body and relieve pain. Mary is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese therapy, and also practices craniosacral therapy. Both are light-touch methods that help relieve tension. Mary graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2010.

Nick Katris

Nick Katris, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Reiki
Nick combines a meditative approach with a wide range of massage methods. He is passionate about bringing the whole person into well-being in a safe and healing environment. Every massage is uniquely tailored not only to relax and relieve discomfort but also to rebalance and recharge energy. Nick graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2003 and is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Monica Lacome

Monica LaCome, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Gentle Scar Tissue Release
Working with oncology patients and their caregivers is Monica’s passion. She specializes in gentle scar tissue release for patients who have had mastectomy or radiation. She is trained in oncology massage and has spent many hours volunteering with oncology clients. She has also worked as a hospice massage therapist for more than 10 years. Monica graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2000.

Teri Lewis

Teri Lewis, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Geriatric Massage
Teri tailors each session to the patient’s needs with the intention to aid body, mind, and soul during the healing process. Her lifelong passion is the many facets of the healing response. Teri has certifications in Bowenwork, active myofascial therapy, pregnancy massage, and geriatric massage. She also volunteers as a hospice massage therapist. Teri graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2002 and is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Laruen Mason

Lauren Mason, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Craniosacral Therapy
Lauren enjoys working with oncology patients in the medical setting. Lauren most enjoys the healing art of Swedish massage, helping the mind and body to heal itself.  Her specialties are craniosacral therapy and reflexology, and she also practices deep-tissue, sports, and Thai massage. Lauren graduated from Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2008 and was nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Tammie Sparks

Tammie Sparks, LMT - Massage Therapist
Specialty - Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Tammie’s unique style, deep caring, and true passion for patients helps improve the quality of their lives. Through guided visualization, colors, and singing bowls, she creates unique massage sessions. Her specialties include a wide range of techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Healing Sound, and Reiki. Tammie graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2013 and is nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

Five Things to Know about Your First Massage with Cancer

Common Questions
How can massage therapy help cancer patients?

Some health care professionals recommend massage as a complementary therapy. Massage can help reduce stress, anxiety, and pain in people who have illnesses such as cancer. For many people, massage brings a temporary feeling of well-being.
Massage helps to relax muscles. It can also relieve pain and stiffness, increase mobility, help injured muscles, and reduce the pain of headaches and backaches.

Does massage hurt?

Massage and bodywork do not have to be painful. The amount of pressure—gentle, medium, or firm—can be changed to meet each person’s preference.

Is massage therapy safe for people with cancer?

Massage therapy is generally safe, and the location and amount of pressure can be adapted for each person. Cancer patients may want to avoid massage near tumor sites or areas that had surgery.


HCI patients can receive massage therapy at a reduced cost. This service is offered through the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center on the first floor of HCI’s cancer hospital. For more information about massage therapy or to make an  appointment, call 801-587-4585.