Kate Prokop is a Massage Therapist at FACES who offers oncology massages.
These are massages for people who had – or currently have – cancer. Prokop is trained and certified to work with all stages of cancer. As long as the client has no activity restrictions, they can have a massage.
Massage has many benefits for cancer patients:
- Relief from nausea
- Help with insomnia
- Pain relief
- Overall relaxation
“When you have a day full of people poking at you, being able to get a massage is a big deal,” said Kate.
She explained that she tends to work in quadrants. Where Kate concentrates her efforts depends largely on where the client is experiencing pain and whether or not they have a port in a particular area.
When she’s working on a client with a blood or bone cancer, she works with light pressures because those types of cancers can cause brittle structures. Kate said she uses a 0-3 level in terms of touch.
A personalized experience
She marks herself out for 90 minutes for each oncology massage because she does a lot of modifying for each person.
“I like to have time to talk about what’s going on, which way the client can lay on the table, things like that. I want to make sure each person is really comfortable,” she said.
Next fall Kate will study lymph drainage, so in addition to working with cancer patients she will also be able to help those with lymphedema. Specifically, she will be able to help move fluids out of their extremities.
She said she sees a couple patients each week right now. They are committed to coming in because it’s so beneficial to them. Kate explained many of them do their chemotherapy treatments one week and have a massage the next and that seems to work well.
“I feel fulfilled when I walk out at the end of the day. Working with cancer patients means a lot to me and I am passionate about it,” Kate said.
Kate works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.