Palliative massage can be an essential treatment to provide nourishing touch, relief of pain, and a special way to communicate. Those facing major trauma often feel helpless and alone. A Registered Massage Therapist specialist trained in Palliative care can bring relief through gentle touches. This relief may lessen nausea, pain, frustration even anger. Kimberley Gautreau, RMT, NBMA-AMNB, describes responses from patients as overwhelming, “Some feel untouchable. One lady told me that after a treatment she felt ‘love touching her’. Another said that selecting the aromas of oil for her massage gave her a voice.”
During these significant times in your life or the life of a loved one, when most medical staff provide chemicals and machines the balance brought by a trained Palliative RMT can promote comfort for both the patient and the loved ones standing at bedside. The Registered Massage Therapist specialist trained in Palliative care can also train the patient’s loved ones how to give appropriate, safe touch.
An essential part of end of life care plan is to specify palliative massage by a qualified Registered Massage Therapist specialist trained in Palliative care massage.