Every massage session is a combination of approaches                                                                               intended to “meet you where you are.”

Massage for clients with cancer:  A Story

Deborah was diagnosed with breast cancer, and ever since, she has been on the incomprehensible roller coaster of remission-reoccurrence-remission-reoccurrence.  Now with metastatic lesions in her brain, she is once again undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  

Before our first session, she felt as if every cell in her body hurt.  Following our second session, she told me that in the past she’d always rewarded herself with the best treat she could imagine–a double rich chocolate malt.  Now, the best reward she can imagine is a 45-minute massage.  

                                                                                                                                          —L.C., Portland, OR
[Quoted in “Medicine Hands”]

  • If you are in cancer treatment, you most likely want to be gently touched with calm and confident hands.  John has the training that allows him to adapt the extensive range of massage therapy techniques to work safely and effectively.
  • Oncology massage addresses a spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical consequences of cancer, the side-effects of various treatments, the emotional consequences.
  • It can help to ease the journey through cancer and beyond for patients, family members and caregivers.

John brings intuitiveness and warmth to massage. His touch is caring, nurturing and sensitive. He is knowledgeable and compassionate in providing safe massage to oncology patients.        

–Grace L., RN and cancer patient

Massage for relief of tension headaches: A Story

In his thirties, John was plagued with headaches–one every week or so.  He thought they were migraines:  his father had called his headaches migraines, and he’d read that they could be inherited.  They fit the pattern of migraines in other ways too:  they were always just on one side and they were triggered by hunger, bright sunlight, and most of all of course, stress.  John’s job was deadline-driven and the results were always on display for everyone to see (as a television writer/producer).  His doctor never suggested that massage might help.  No one did.

A few years later, John left the world of media behind.  Embarking on his second career in massage therapy, he learned that his headaches are not as mysterious as he thought.  He found several effective ways to help prevent the muscle tension that causes them–and how to “send them away” when they are coming on.                                                                                                                                      —John Wackman, Guilford, CT

There are a range of techniques for relieving tension headaches:

  • Western massage from light to deep:  the proper therapeutic depth to engage the body’s “relaxation response”
  • Locating your “culprit muscles”–where the fibers have tensed into knots and are “referring” pain to your head
  • Using Corestones: thermal stones (warm or cold) that allow for a penetrating and silky pressure
  • Engaging acupressure points to enhance energy flow
  • A self-hypnosis protocol that induces deep, natural relaxation
  • A mantra protocol that sends relaxing sound vibrations through your muscles, bones and tissue


  • A 30-minute treatment focused on one area is $40
  • A 45-minute massage is $50 
  • A one-hour massage is $75
  • A 90 minute integration of massage and Reiki is $90
My office is located at The Center for Living Well Therapies, 36A Padanarum Road, Danbury CT 
However, I primarily visit people in their homes, because I have found that is most comfortable for them. No reason to travel to another appointment. There is no additional charge for this. 
email: jwackman@gmail.com
Cell: 646-302-5835


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