I have undertaken courses with Oncology Massage Training, completing their 4 levels of education training. Using the concepts I learnt during this time, I blend it with my knowledge and skill set of my core modalities: lymph drainage therapy, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.

Massage oil is not used during this adaptive form of oncology bodywork therapy, as the techniques are performed over clothing.




An Oncology massage is specifically designed for someone who is currently going through or has recently completed any type of cancer treatment.


Oncology Massage differs from a standard massage by its use of light touch therapies, such as swedish massage, craniosacral therapy, reiki and positional release therapy. A treatment that is too deep and vigorous may be too much for your body, making you feel flu-like symptoms, pain, fatigue and bruising. It is important to be open about your medical history and your individual needs so as to minimise these side effects. Also, it is especially important for the Oncology therapist to be able adjust their style to your needs


By having regular Oncology massages, scientific research has shown that the pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and nausea associated with conventional cancer treatments can be reduced without contributing to further health risks. Other benefits may include improvements in sleep, neuropathy, quality of life, mental clarity and alertness and meaningful social interaction.


Referenced from, Cancer Council New South Wales 2009 information sheet.


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Miriam Bunder
Bodywork Therapist

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