Oncology Massage can ease symptoms accompanying a cancer diagnosis. It is for symptom management.

  • Pain improved 47%
  • Fatigue improved 42%
  • Anxiety improved 59%
  • Nausea improved 51%
  • Depression improved 48%

Oncology Massage is a very different approach to the usual massage techniques people might have experienced and postgraduate training in Oncology Massage is essential. It is gentle, slow and very mindful. The client will be very comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.

We can hope that oncology massage will become a hospital based complimentary therapy in Australia for anyone enduring cancer treatments. Cancer centres in the USA have been exemplary in this approach. In Australia the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne and Chris O’Brien Life House in Sydney have followed this approach. We know today that an illness such as cancer, responds best to an all encompassing approach. Oncology Massage is an integral part of this approach.

"Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people living with cancer. It reduces side effects experienced during conventional treatments and the symptom of the disease process itself." (Cassileth& Vickers, 2004)

Oncology Massage can be done at all stages of the disease process, even during chemo therapy. It is absolutely safe and can compliment conventional treatments positively.

If a person is in a very low energy state, Manuela likes to wrap the person in a Scenar blanket after the treatment. These blankets have a very sophisticated design and can assist the healing process and increase energy levels.  

Our Oncology Massage Therapist

Manuela King

Maneula KingManuela graduated in 2010 as a Remedial Massage Therapist from Paramount College in Perth.  Since then she has extended her knowledge to offer professional help for people who suffer from chronic illnesses.  Manuela did her postgraduate training in Oncology Massage through the nationally accredited 'Oncology Massage Training' which led her further into studying Manual Lymphatic Drainage with the internationally acclaimed ' Dr Vodder Akademie' where she graduated at the Vodder Clinic in Austria in 2014.

She then studied SCENAR with RITM Australia where she completed all 3 levels of SCENAR therapy and became the trainer for WA in 2018.

Manuela will assess the person's needs depending on the presenting medical history and may combine various modalities to achieve the best possible outcome.

"I believe that any therapy is most effective when science and intuition are combined to achieve an individual approach for each person.  No two people are the same, therefore no two treatments should be the same.  A deep tissue massage can be wonderful for one person yet for another, it can have an undesired effect.  It is up to the person and the therapist to find techniques that suit and can be helpful in dealing with specific health challenges."

Manuela King
Dip Rem Massage/Oncology Massage
Lymphoedema Therapist (DR Vodder CDT)
SCENAR Therapist and Trainer