Yesterday I spent the afternoon lounging at this gorgeous pool after an amazing massage at @montagekapalua. Body work like massage is so important for healing after (and during if you can tolerate it and it's ok with your doc!) trauma to your body, like cancer treatment can be. But actually getting a massage can feel vulnerable and uncomfortable, especially after major changes to your body. To make sure you get the most of your massage therapy post-treatment, try these tips that work for me: ✅Call ahead to a few places and explain your needs/limitations and see how they can accommodate you. For me, I can't comfortably lay on my stomach anymore, but found a place that offered me a maternity pillow with breast cutouts that actually allowed me to be in that position during the massage ✅ Ask which therapist they think would be best suited for your needs and why. I ask for someone who has experience working with post-mastectomy/reconstruction patients. ✅ Be vocal about your wants/needs with your therapist during the treatment to ensure you get the best experience. There are some places on my body where I cannot tolerate much pressure, and other places that need more of a deep tissue massage. I also ask for only upward movements on my left arm due to getting some lymph nodes removed. ✅ Practice mindfulness during the treatment. Sometimes I get nervous or anxious, so I try to count my breaths as a relaxation method. ✅ Drink lots of water before/after and allow for some time to take it easy after treatment. It can release a lot of toxins, tensions, and emotions, and it's normal to feel a bit disoriented after. .