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.

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  • 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 Healthy 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 $35 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 $45 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.


Holly Hott, LMT is a 2014 graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Midwest Technical Institute. With an interest in supporting recovery, she then completed the training Massage for People Living with Cancer in the fall of 2014.  Believing in the healing power of touch, Holly has dedicated her study to the art and science of massage therapy.



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