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Palliative massage

Massage therapy can assist in combating pain, discomfort, and distress and is considered a complementary component of palliative care.

Palliative care massage addresses the client’s symptom issues, the side effects of various treatments, and the physical, psychological, social, and emotional consequences of living with a terminal illness. Massage often promotes a greater sense of connection between the mind and body complexes.

Recent studies have shown that massage decreases:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Depression

Massage can also enhance a person’s quality of life, promoting a greater sense of well-being for the patient and their carers. Touch provides comfort and establishes a connection between individuals. This becomes even more important when other senses, such as sight, hearing, and speech, are no longer available for patients.  Gentle touch conveys the message of caring and allows the receiver to acknowledge their physicality.

The palliative massage is usually lighter than a remedial massage, and their position can vary but will depend upon the client’s needs.

The massage can be arranged in various settings, including your home, hospital, day hospice, day centre, or aged care facility. Alternatively, you may visit either our Hamilton or Redcliffe clinic.

You should always feel safe and comfortable during the massage. Draping of towels and blankets will maintain your warmth throughout the session, and we will ensure you are covered except for the area being massaged. Wendy adopts a flexible approach to palliative care massage to meet the client’s needs.

From infants to the elderly, everyone can benefit from massage therapy.

As touch and massage are so important, especially in the final stages of life, they can also be therapeutic for everyone involved. The palliative client can receive a massage regularly and connect that person to their friends and family. Please inform Wendy at the time you would like to be involved and learn how to provide therapeutic touch to your loved one.