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A new foundation that will help cancer patients

June 17, Montreal, QC - On May 18, the Fédération québécoise des massothérapeutes, officially launched a new foundation called the Fondation québécoise de la massothérapie.

June 28, 2011  By Massage Therapy Canada

With the slogan “Lending health a strong hand”, this foundation aims at contributing to the health and quality of life of people living with cancer, and particularly senior and family caregivers. To do so, specialized training will be offered to any massage therapist interested in this area of expertise. 

Richard Béliveau, PhD, biochemistry, and well-known author of books on cancer-risk reducing foods, researcher in oncology, and professor of biochemistry at Université du Québec à Montréal (where he also holds the Chair for the prevention and treatment of cancer) is the spokesperson of this new foundation. 
“We need to do everything we can to ease the pain and shock associated with the diagnosis and the stress associated with cancer treatment. In this regard, massage therapy is a well established technique capable of significantly improving the quality of life of persons with cancer”, he said. 
“By exerting effects on both the physiological and psychological levels, massage therapy helps to mitigate the symptoms associated with the disease, which may include pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression.”
“That’s why I decided to personally support this cause which I hold dear,” added Béliveau.

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