Oncology Massage-Massage for People Living with Cancer
Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with cancer or have a history of cancer? 

Therapeutic massage and bodywork is an excellent way to support you in staying healthy, stimulating immune system functioning, and allowing the body to deeply rest and heal from cancer and cancer treatment.  

Research and testimonials have shown that Oncology Massage:
  • Reduces Anxiety and Depression
  • Eases Pain
  • Helps control nausea
  •  Improves sleep and eases fatigue
  • Decreases swelling
  • Increases quality of life after chemo, radiation and surgery

Laura Rose has had extensive training in Oncology Massage and has understands how massage needs to be modified to work safely as well as how to address side-effects and complications of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and medications. 

Laura Rose is also available to teach Massage to family and care-givers of people living with cancer, either in private settings, or in a classroom setting.

Links to more information about Massage and Cancer:

Frequently Asked Questions about Massage and Cancer by Tracy Walton:

Massage Benefits Women recovering from Breast Cancer Treatment:

An article called "Massage Tailored to Cancer Patients"

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Society for Oncology Massage

Laura Rose has studied with many of the leading Oncology Massage Instructors, including:

Isabel Adkins - Acupressure and Reflexology for People Living with Cancer:

Gayle MacDonald - Massage for People Living with Cancer

Debra Curties - Breast Massage

Steve Norton - Manual Lymph Drainage / Complete Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema

Laura Rose had three years of experience providing massage at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, with the Whole Women, Whole Health program, providing massage for women recovering from Breast Cancer Treatment since February of 2005.  This program provides massage, acupuncture treatments, as well as yoga, meditation, and nutrition classes at no charge to women who were treated at Mercy Hospital for Breast Cancer in the last five years. 
For more information about this program, please call 312-567-6724
This program is funded by the Chicagoland Affiliate of the Susan G Komen Foundation. 

Continuing Education & Teaching

Laura Rose teaches workshops for other massage therapists as well as family members and other caregivers on how to give safe, effective massage to people who are living with cancer.  She currently teaches at the Boulder Massage Therapy Institute. In the past, she has taught at the SOMA Institute in Chicago, as well as the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, North Carolina. 

If you are interested in having Laura teach in your community, please contact her about
scheduling a workshop.

Please feel free to email with any questions about Oncology Massage.