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Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage

“My therapist understands the difficult road of cancer and addresses the physical pain associated with the mental anguish.” – S4OM

Oncology massage is a specialized, non-invasive therapy that helps one manage the symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment. It uses a light touch along with slow, steady movements, and is intended to help the body relax. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short – and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Oncology Massage at the J

60-minute oncology massages provided by licensed massage therapist properly trained in oncology.


$70 per 60 minutes

The J’s Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT):

Kyler Williams – LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), Certificate of Completion in Oncology Massage (S4OM).

Kyler Williams has studied, trained and practiced massage since 2013. Kyler provides rehabilitative medical, therapeutic and relaxation massage therapy after years of experience collaborating with physicians and physical therapists. He pursued oncology massage after recognizing this practice was an integral approach to patient care and how it can help manage side effects and improve health outcomes.

Faith Murphy – LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), Certificate of Completion in Oncology Massage (S4OM).

The importance of having a Licensed Massage Therapist properly trained in oncology:

  • Knows what information to gather from the client and how to make the corresponding adjustments based on your personal treatment plan and/or history.
  • They meet people where they are in their cancer experience and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process.
  • Trained to be aware of, and understand, the cautions/risks for cancer patients and survivors.
  • Understands the impact cancer treatment poses to the immune system and knows what precautions are necessary to keep you safe.

Massage helped me accept the new me. I am alive, I am beautiful, scars and all. – Oncology Massage Recipient

An oncology massage may help patients and survivors with the following:

  • Reduced cancer fatigue and improved sleep
  • Reduced pain anxiety and stress
  • Reduced chemotherapy related nausea
  • Improved chemotherapy-related neuropathic pain
  • Eased feelings of constipation
  • Improved sense of well-being

Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)

  • Training Curriculum is recognized by S4OM (Society for Oncology Massage) and approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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What is the Hamsa Wellness Community?

The Hamsa Wellness Community (formerly known as Sharsharet Supports STL) is a cancer community program at the J and a community partner of the national nonprofit Sharsheret organization. The Hamsa Wellness Community educates individuals regarding hereditary cancer risks, especially women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, who have an increased risk of carrying a hereditary cancer gene mutation. The Hamsa Wellness Community also supports those facing a cancer diagnosis – especially those with breast and ovarian cancer – anywhere along their journey.

In partnership with the J’s Fitness team, the Hamsa Wellness Community offers programs like Yoga for Cancer, Strength Over Cancer, and Oncology Massage led by oncology-trained instructors and therapists. The Hamsa Wellness Community welcomes the full spectrum of diversity and supports all who reach out. These programs are available to J members and the public.

The Hamsa Wellness Community is founded on five pillars: Connection, Hope, Education, Strength, and Support. These pillars focus on the care of the whole person and provide those dealing with cancer diagnosis a community during what is often an extremely challenging time.

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Reach out to our Hamsa Wellness Community by filling out this form or contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266, for more information and resources.

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