Jacqui Beutel from Gentle Hands Massage is qualified in Oncology Massage, Complex Decongestive Therapy – Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management, Compression Garment fitting (sleeves, stockings, custom made, ready to wear), Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish (Relaxation) Massage, Remedial Massage, Pregnancy Massage and ArōmaTouch Technique. Jacqui has been a keynote speaker on the management of lymphoedema and lipoedema at several conferences and is available for educational sessions for your group.
I have worked in medical administration for almost 30 years and closely with patients newly diagnosed with cancer. I have first hand experience not only with patients but also family and friends. When a close friend, diagnosed with throat and lung cancer, was hospitalised, I would visit her and comforted her by simply “holding”. By that I mean I carefully and gently would place my hands on her arms, legs, hands, shoulders and forehead and just silently comfort and “be” with her letting the warmth of my hands mould into her frail body before slowly moving to the next position. This offered great comfort and it felt like the right thing to do, but I always wondered if there was something better I could do or if indeed it was medically the right thing to do.
I also found that while maintaining a full time job, caring for my young children along with the general activities of daily living and the emotional drain, I was starting to feel like I needed some “me” time and nurturing. Thus started my journey into Massage, specialising in Oncology Massage and massage for the Carer.
It is my hope that with an oncology massage, I can help you find your “new normal” and bring some comfort and relief from your symptoms.
You may be seeking a chance to escape your hectic world and just “be” for an hour or so and would prefer a Swedish (relaxation) massage. You may be seeking relief from tight, sore muscles then a remedial massage is for you.
Whatever your particular requirement, take a browse around my website and find the massage that suits you.
- Cert IV in Massage
- Diploma Remedial Massage
- Cert Oncology Massage Therapy Level 2
- Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (Casley-Smith Method)
- Infant Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Cert Senior First Aid and CPR
- Cert IV Training and Assessment
- Cert IV in Business Administration
- Massage & Myotherapy (028062)
- NLPR – National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register (#858)
- Oncology Massage Training Contact a Therapist
- Australasian Lymphology Association
- Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)
- Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ)
- Lymphoedema Association Queensland (LAQ)
- Infant Massage Australia
The Many Benefits of Massage
There are many ways in which the benefits of massage can improve the quality of your life. Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include: pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression and reduced blood pressure. The release of endorphins and serotonin can: prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph, and improve sleep.
Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is one of the other major benefits of massage. It can also relieve tension headaches.
Massage stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage. It improves circulation and relieves congestion in the tissues. It stimulates the production of blood cells and promotes lymph flow which hastens the elimination of cellular wastes. It helps clear muscles of lactic and uric acid that build up during exercise and relaxes muscle hypertonicity as well as relieves muscle tension.
Benefits of massage also include improving muscle tone and delaying muscle atrophy resulting from inactivity. Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps with reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue. Massage stimulates increased proprieties and kinesthetic awareness of the body.
Massage assists the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It relaxes and tones the muscles preventing injuries, increases circulation and therefore improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.
Sourced from The Australian Association of Massage Therapists