During the month of October, our staff at Compassion Massage Therapeutic Clinic is dedicated to supporting the fight against breast cancer. Through our work with The Virginia Thruston Healing Garden and the Amerian Cancer Society, we’ve learned more about the healing process and have been able to refine our own therapeutic services. However, we’d love for all of Massachusetts to be involved in the fight, but understand it can be hard to know where to start.
In this article, we’ll discuss just a few ways you can partake and make a difference for those studying and fighting breast cancer.
Attend Local Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Massachusetts has no shortage of wonderful people and businesses organizing events to raise money for breast cancer research. Look for local events near you, like benefit concerts, Zumba classes that dedicate proceeds, or breast cancer walks. These events expose you to people actively researching and battling breast cancer in a fun, interactive way while raising money for research. Not to mention it’s just a great way to spend an afternoon or evening!
Want to be even more awesome? Why not volunteer in one of these events as well! Volunteering supports the cause by offering your time and effort towards events that directly support the breast cancer fight. Not to mention exposing yourself to dedicated people who care for others and the strong breast cancer fighters and survivors of the world.
Donate To or Join A Non-Profit Fighting Breast Cancer
There’s no shortage of non-profit organizations working year-round to raise money for support. Organizations like the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society, and others are always looking for more help and would love to have talented, motivated individuals. There’s also just simple donations, which fund research and outreach that further helps the effort.
Help Through Therapy or Research
One of the best ways to aid in the breast cancer fight is to directly help through cancer research or care. While this route takes a lot of schooling, patience, and expertise, it can be one of the most rewarding professions available. At Compassion Massage, we take pride in the therapeutic services we offer and continue to grow our knowledge to alleviate the pain felt by breast cancer fighters. We’re always encouraging more people to learn and spread pain-relieving techniques because the courage and strength of our clients drives us.
How Massage Therapy Can Impact Breast Cancer
At Compassion Massage, we truly believe in the physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy for those with breast cancer. Breast cancer can be a painful, draining experience, and massage therapy can be a tool in the toolbox of breast cancer care. In a 2003 study by the University of Miami, researchers found that healing touch and massage therapy lowered anxiety, depression, pain, and even the need for pain medication in certain individuals. Specifically, dopamine and white blood cell levels increased in women who received massages over the 5-week course.
Since that time, several more studies from across the globe have found similar results in people with breast cancer. The jury is still out on how exactly the body responds to massage therapy to achieve these results, but it’s clear that there is a significant effect on mental and physical health. By no means should massage therapy be the only treatment someone should receive, but it can be a great way to reduce physical and emotional pain from breast cancer.
How We Structure Breast Cancer Massage Therapy
Since breast cancer is a highly individualistic disease, we listen to each client’s feelings and circumstances to craft a unique massage. Part of living with and beating a disease like cancer is being heard, and we make sure we listen to everything each client says to guide our own practice. We will adjust our massages if you have a change in treatment or medication, so you receive the maximum benefit from our services.
After we’ve developed an individual plan for you, you’ll come in and have your first massage with one of our highly trained massage therapists. You will only work with therapists that have intimate knowledge of your individual plan, so you can be assured you get the right treatment. Our cushioning system is state-of-the-art and prevents excess pressure on other areas of your body. Most importantly, we try to foster an inviting and productive environment for our clients to relax and feel comfortable in. The key to many of the studies conducted over the years was the feeling of relaxation, connectedness, and a truly tailored experience. At Compassion Massage Therapeutic Clinic, we strive for our clients to experience these feelings in every massage.
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