Massage is a therapeutic modality frequently used as complementary care in the clinical care setting. Oncology massage is the adaptation of massage techniques to safely nurture the body of someone affected by cancer or its treatments. Clinical research is showing that massage can improve some cancer treatment side effects.
Massage benefits include:
- Reduced pain and fatigue
- Decreased anxiety
- Less nausea
- Improved sleep
- Eased isolation
- Enhanced body image
- Greater sense of well-being
In consideration of the massage adaptations required during and after cancer treatments, oncology massage education for massage therapists is essential for clinical safety and therapeutic benefit. All therapists at the Hult Center for Health Living have received this specialized training meeting the national Society for Oncology Massage (click here for info) standards of practice.
Massage therapy is available Monday through Friday at the Hult Center for Healthy Living on Knoxville. A $30 fee for a 60 min. massage is charged for someone in “active” treatment. ** (see below). Massages are also offered for those people with a cancer history (not in “active” treatment) and caregivers at $40 per 60 min. massage. Gift Certificates are also available.
Please call the Hult Center at 309-692-6650 to schedule your appointment today!
**Active Treatment is defined as: someone who is recovering from surgery (4-6 weeks post) for cancer, routinely receiving chemotherapy (by IV, orally or injection) or undergoing radiation therapy. Massage will be offered at this price up to 6 months after treatment ends.
Massage Therapy Staff:
Elmira Akama, LMT, NCBTMB, has been offering massage and bodywork in Peoria, Illinois since 2004 after graduating from the Illinois Valley Community College Therapeutic Massage Program. As a fitness trainer and wellness professional since 1999, she has consulted, taught and trained throughout the mid-Atlantic United States, Bahamas and China. Elmira completed the “Massage for People Living with Cancer” training in April 2014.
Julie Bradshaw, LMT, graduated from the Therapeutic Massage program at Illinois Central College in December of 2011. Her massages are influenced by trigger point therapy and Reiki. She completed the “Massage for People Living with Cancer” training in April 2014. Through experience and practice she continues to educate herself in order to refine her work and offer more to her clients. Julie offers soothing, restorative massage to all her clients.
Laurie Weaver, LMT, NCBTMB, is a Peoria native graduating from Judson University in Elgin, IL with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1981. She also graduated from Illinois Central College with a certificate in Therapeutic Massage in December 2009. Laurie practice focuses on oncology massage having served at Hult for the past 4 years. She has completed two specialized trainings in oncology massage. Most recently, the “Massage for People Living with Cancer” training in April 2014.
Mary Peifer, RN,LMT, has been offering therapeutic massage and bodywork in Peoria, Illinois since 2005 after graduating from the Illinois Central College Therapeutic Massage Program. She also is a 2010 graduate of the 400-hour Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Program in Santa Fe, NM. As a registered nurse since 1995 her experience in oncology and community health nursing brings balance to provide safe, comfort-oriented massage to those she meets. Mary is also an educator for Oncology Massage Education Associates.
Holly Hott, LMT, graduated in May 2014 from the Massage Therapy Program at Midwest Technical Institute. She then completed “Massage for People Living with Cancer” training in September 2014. Her interest in massage began while still in the hospital recovering from life-saving open-heart surgery. Thanks to an outstanding and insightful medical team, a floundering recovery gave way to a tremendous turnaround once massage therapy, countless warm blankets, humor, and outdoor chair rides were added to her treatment. Holly embraces the belief that optimal health and well-being are achieved when we integrate body, mind and spirit. She reflects this perspective in her work and study by offering skilled, compassionate touch.