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Oncology Massage: A Vacation from Cancer

Grace & Gratitude, a new type of massage center specializing in oncology massage, is opening this month, at 111 Church Rd., Marlton. Owners and therapists Mandy Urena and Tina-Marie Nawn say that Oncology Massage Therapists have special training in the patho-physiology of cancer and dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. They also consider compromised lymph nodes, low blood cell counts and location of medical devices, such as ports and catheters. “Safety is our priority,” emphasizes Nawn, who, like Urena, is licensed and National Board Certified with special training in Oncology Massage and more than 15 years of experience in the field of massage.

“Clinical research shows that massage can decrease side effects of cancer treatment, such as pain and anxiety,” explains Urena. “Massage has also been shown to help reduce fatigue, decrease nausea, improve sleep, ease isolation, enhance body image and provide a greater sense of wellbeing.”

“When the client is totally relaxed, the body can focus on healing, rather than fighting stress,” adds Nawn. “We modify massage techniques to safely bring relaxation and comfort to people going through cancer treatment.” Customized massage may include modifications in positioning, bolstering support, reducing pressure and reducing the pace of the massage strokes.

For more information, call 609-354-8474 or visit

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