Rebecca Della-Franca Massage Clinic. Specialising in Oncology Massage, Palliative Massage, Massage for Chronic disease, massage for Cancer, massage for chronic illness, massage for Parkinson's, massage for Parkinsonism,  Reflexology, Myo Fascial Release, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Roseville, Sydney

For Initial visits, please allow for an extra 15 minutes to relax with a hot mineral salt foot bath, while filling out a health form and to discuss your needs for the massage. 

Your massage begins with my hands on your back, I ask you to come back to your breath,  while I guide you through a short meditation and visualization. Allowing you to become present, out of your head and connect with your body.

This is your time to honour your body and reconnect to you.

Services

Massage for Chronic illness and pain

This style of massage helps increase the quality of life for those living with chronic illness, disease, chronic pain or anxiety.

 

When a person has chronic pain for a long period of time, the body's nervous system can be in a constant state of red alert. Producing high levels of stress hormones, chronic pain can make the nervous system more sensitive to pain. Muscles can be taut and tense, breathing shallow, healing is slowed and the digestive system is shut down to allow for more blood to be sent to the limbs ready to fight or flee.

With gentle soothing massage using slow, lengthening and calming strokes to the muscles elicits a relaxation response in the body.  Talking directly to the nervous system, the body can be quickly switched out of flight or fight or red alert and is reversed back in to the para sympathetic system, otherwise known as 'rest and digest. At this stage the body can breathe optimally, heal, digest and relax. Closing what is known as the "gate of pain" by soothing and distracting nerve and pain receptors to the brain. The outcome of massage helps alleviate pain and discomfort, opening the chemical pathways for endorphins and serotonin to flood the system with feel good mood enhancers, increasing feelings of wellbeing.

 

Massage also increases circulation for those that are bed bound, assisting with range of motion of the joints, helping to alleviate swelling and sleep disturbance. 

I am highly experienced in massaging people with Stage IV Cancer, where the disease has progressed and metastised to the lymph system and organs including lungs, liver or brain and bone or spinal mets. The pain from this stage of cancer can be relentless and unforgiving. Pain meds help but rarely alleviate the pain entirely and sometimes not at all. This can leave the person relying on daily medications that have a heavy toxic body and liver. Gentle therapeutic Massage can help ease that pain and the need for constant pain meds, easing the load on the liver and kidneys.  


I have experience in helping alleviate pain and symptoms for people with many chronic diseases or illnesses with great success. Examples of the conditions I have experience with are below:

All Cancers - Breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate, brain, bowel, liver, renal, ovarian, lymphomas, myelomas, leukaemia, melanoma, thyroid cancer, endometrial cancers.

Stage IV Cancer with organ and spinal or bone metastasis

Parkinson's Disease or Parkinsonism

Motor Neurone Disease

Stroke 

Rheumatoid or Osteo Arthritis

Osteoporosis

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Fibro Myalgia

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Chronic kidney disease

Cardiovascular disease

Fistulas

COPD

Symptoms that can be helped:

Acute or Chronic pain

Back pain

Bone or joint pain

Range of Motion

Constipation

Headaches or Migraines

Fatigue or decrease energy levels

Swelling 

Lymphoedema

Muscular tremors such as in Parkinson's disease

Rigidity of muscles or joints

Pain from bone or organ metastases

Anxiety or Depression

Emotional trauma

Feeling of hopelessness

Nausea

Sleep disturbance or insomnia

Shortness of breath

Neuropathy

Circulation or vascular deficiency

Feelings of Isolation

Oncology Massage

A gentle touch, safe massage modified for those living with cancer, recovery or in palliative care.

If you or your loved one have cancer, undergoing treatment, after surgery, in recovery or in palliative care, this massage provides a moment solely focused on you. Helping to increase the quality of life and to help ease the burden and pain associated with cancer .

Oncology Massage has been proven to reduce the side effects of conventional cancer treatment and provide relief from the symptoms of the disease itself. Specifically shown to relieve pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression. Often helping to relieve neuropathy, breathlessness, insomnia, bone pain and increasing range of motion.

I have completed Level 4 Oncology Massage training at The Austin Hospital, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre in Victoria. This is the highest level for Oncology Massage within Australia.

Offering Oncology and Palliative Massage from the following locations:

 

Roseville - home clinic

The Living Room at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse at RPA Hospital, Camperdown

St Vincent's Hospital Kinghorn Cancer Wellness Centre, Darlinghurst

The Kay Van Norton Centre for Wellbeing at The Mater Hospital.

Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care ward

Remedial Massage

This style of massage specifically works on areas of tightness, pain or tension in the body. Helping to alleviate pain associated with your specific problem, while also restoring balance in the body. Easing back the layers slowly with Myo Fascial Release techniques, working with a slow, deeper pressure allowing the tissue and fascia to soften at the bodies own pace. 

In contrast to relaxation or therapeutic massage, a remedial massage is primarily focused on your areas of concern..

Therapeutic Massage

A Therapeutic full body, holistic massage. My signature treatment, combining the benefits of varied techniques such as Ka Huna Hawaiian massage using the forearm with long fluid strokes, Remedial, Myo Fascial Release, Cranio Sacral Therapy, and Reflexology. From my wealth of knowledge, whatever you need on the day, is what I will blend into the massage. Deeply relaxing, while also focusing on addressing areas of tightness or imbalance. Lots of time is included on your scalp, head, hands and feet. All of these areas are major access points to induce a deep sense of relaxation, which directly influence the whole body to come back to a state of balance.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is used for the management or prevention of lymphoedma in cancer patients or for those with primary lymphodema. MLD is a gentle massage technique which is used to help relieve pain and swelling or to prevent lymphoedema in cancer patients after having treatment such as radiotherapy or surgery to remove lymph nodes. Using light touch to move excess lymph and fluid out of compromised areas and back into the lymphatic vessels, helping the excess fluid flow and drain towards healthy lymph nodes. Thereby helping with swelling, softening tissue, easing pain and restriction in the limb or part of the body affected.

Palliative Massage

Touch is such a powerful aide, especially for those who are in pain or with a terminal illness. Touch allows us to feel safe, worthwhile and reminds us of who we are.

Stimulating the release of endorphins, the bodies natural pain suppressors, gentle touch massage brings comfort and can help a person feel peaceful, cared for, easing isolation and loneliness.

In the words of the wonderful hospice massage pioneer, Irene Smith

"A primary reason to touch dying persons is that touch reminds those in pain and suffering of their loveliness, their beauty. In turn, I am reminded of mine."

Pregnancy Massage

A well needed, full body massage for the expectant mum, helping to connect mum and baby. This nurturing massage helps to support the body adjust to all the stages and changes of pregnancy. Offering relief to those expanding joints, aches and pains. Performed on a pregnancy table where, (depending on the postion of your baby), you can comfortably lie on your tummy into the 3rd trimester. 

Ka Huna Massage

Ka Huna massage is a deeply connected, flowing & healing massage technique, based on the teachings and practices of the ancient Hawaiian Kahunas (healers).  This style of massage focuses on rhythm and breath, using the hands, forearms and elbows in a Tai Chi style flow around the body.

Working on the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical body, a deeply healing and energizing experience.

For Women only.

Reflexology

An ancient healing and holistic massage on the feet, hands or face. Stimulating the acupressure points with a specific focus and pressure, Reflexology works by directly influencing and balancing all the systems of the body. It supports the body into healing itself and returning to a state of balance. 

Especially beneficial for those with anxiety, chronic illness, ill health, or pregnancy. Helping to alleviate nausea, pain and anxiety.

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki is a style of Energy Healing that works by strengthening the flow of energy or 'Qi' through the pathways, (meridians) of the body. When the body is in a state of imbalance with pain or disease, the energy can become stagnated or blocked. Reiki helps to clear the Qi throughout these pathways, thereby promoting balance, decreasing pain and enhancing the body's natural ability to fight illness and heal itself. 

Intuitively guided, the hands are gently placed on or hovering just over the body. Focus on the breath, meditation, visualisations,  colour breathing and chakra balancing may also be used within the treatment. 

Performed with the client fully-clothed, this is a safe and non-invasive technique. Especially beneficial for those with chronic illness, cancer, anxiety, post-surgery or for the terminally ill. Helping to reduce pain and anxiety, while inducing calm and peace.