For centuries, massage has been practiced as a healing therapy in many cultures around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
Our Massage Therapists
||Mary DeWall has been in private practice since becoming licensed in 2010. She is also certified in the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese touch therapy. She currently volunteers at the Cancer Wellness House. Mary spent 25 years in the computer software industry before her career transformation.
||Bryan Fong has 17 years experience as a Utah State-licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. He provides palliative and restorative massage to HCI patients. He frequently volunteers at USA swimming meets and Paralympic track and
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-Survivorship 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.