Massage involves gentle stroking and kneading movement combined with gentle finger pressure on certain points of the body. the effects of massage can be experienced by both the body and mind.

People may sleep better, have an increase in appetite and energy, and/or experience less pain. Muscle stiffness may be relieved, circulation improved and feelings of nausea reduced. Tension and anxiety is lessended.

Sessions may include the playing of gentle movement to assist relaxation.  Each massage is indivdual and may take 30 minutes to one hour depending on the needs of the patient.

Light relaxing massage can safely be given to people with cancer at all stages of their experience with cancer.

There may be times especially during treatment when it is not appropriate to massage a particular part of the body, If you have any concerns you can talk to your doctor or nurse.


Massages are available at the Cancer Society rooms in Newtown. This service is provide in Newtown. This service is provided by an experienced massage and relaxation therapist one day a week and is available. for people with cancer and their carers.

Massage times are available between 9am - 3pm on Tuesdays.



Cancer Society

04 389 8421 or


$15 - $40

(Massage are subsidised by the Cancer Society).