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Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that nurture body, mind and spirit.

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It is important for your best care to ask for an oncology-trained therapist. We encourage you to let your oncologist and oncology nurse know that you would like to receive massage, skin care and/or nail treatments.

When is the best time to schedule your spa service? 

Unless your treatment team has advised you otherwise,

you can decide when to receive your spa services.

     

Positioning is a question of comfort 

Your physical comfort is very important. Let your therapist

know which positions are most comfortable for you.

 

Undressing is optional

Your therapist will keep you covered throughout your spa service with only the area they are working on uncovered. Although most spa services are usually provided with little or no clothing being worn your therapist will be able to work around any garments you may prefer to leave on.    

 

Facials are not "safer" than massage  

One of the reasons spa guests may choose a facial instead of a massage is because they are concerned that laying face down during a massage will not be comfortable. Another reason is because of the false perception that a facial is gentler or "safer" than a massage.  With the use of steam (exacerbates dehydration), heat mitts (elevated lymphedema risk for breast cancer survivors), and some products (too many to list here), a facial can be more "demanding" on the body than a massage would be.

 

Product choices  

Yes, you do want to be selective regarding what products are used during your spa treatments. Product choices are most often determined

by allergies, topical sensitivities and personal preferences.  

 

Jacuzzis, hot tubs, steam rooms and lymphedema

Lymphedema is a progressive condition without a cure and caution

should be exercised to reduce the risk of developing or exacerbating lymphedema. Raising ones body temperature for an extended period of time for example in a jacuzzi can pose a risk. For more information about lymphedema and lymphedema prevention download The American Cancer Society's   "Lymphedema: What Every Woman With Breast Cancer Should Know" and please speak with your clinical team about their recommended guidelines.

 

 

If your therapist is not asking you consultation and intake questions, and the spa is not offering you menu service options, you should go somewhere else.

We understand that somtimes a person may prefer not to disclose that they are a cancer survivor. However, in the spa setting, this information is relevent and very important for your therapist to know.

 

For a more complete review of what your therapist should know about please visit S4OM.org.

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Cancer survivors can have varying levels of risk for lymphedema. Your medical care team is your best resource  to provide you with protective guidelines.

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Spa safety tips

When is the best time to schedule your spa service? 

Unless your treatment team has advised you otherwise,

you can decide when to receive your spa services.

     

Positioning is a question of comfort 

Your physical comfort is very important. Let your therapist

know which positions are most comfortable for you.

 

Undressing is optional

Your therapist will keep you covered throughout your spa service with only the area they are working on uncovered. Although most spa services are usually provided with little or no clothing being worn your therapist will be able to work around any garments you may prefer to leave on.    

 

Facials are not "safer" than massage  

One of the reasons spa guests may choose a facial instead of a massage is because they are concerned that laying face down during a massage will not be comfortable. Another reason is because of the false perception that a facial is gentler or "safer" than a massage.  With the use of steam (exacerbates dehydration), heat mitts (elevated lymphedema risk for breast cancer survivors), and products (too many considerations to list here), a facial can be more "demanding" on the body than a massage would be.

 

Product choices  

Yes, you do want to be selective regarding what to have or not to

have in your products. Product choices are most often determined

by allergies, topical sensitivities and personal preferences.  

 

Jacuzzis, hot tubs, steam rooms and lymphedema

Lymphedema is a progressive condition without a cure and caution

should be exercised to reduce the risk of developing or exacerbating lymphedema. Raising ones body temperature for an extended period of time for example in a jacuzzi can pose a risk. For more information about lymphedema and lymphedema prevention download The American Cancer Society's   "Lymphedema: What Every Woman With Breast Cancer Should Know" and please speak with your clinical team about their recommended guidelines.

 

 

Many cancer survivors have varying levels of risk for lymphedema. Your medical care team is best positioned to provide you with guidelines to protect any quadrant identified as being at risk.

greet the day lymphedema risk is life long