According to nominator Sally O’Shea, “Nanci Newton is a truly remarkable healer.” A licensed massage practitioner for more than 15 years and a member of the Society for Oncology Massage, Nanci serves cancer patients in New England and beyond through her oncology massage practice.
Nanci is the owner of The Healing Zone Therapeutic Massage in western Massachusetts. A longtime volunteer at her local cancer resource center, Cancer Connection, she provides massage for patients and their caregivers, contributes her time to fundraising events, participates in classes and conducts workshops. She brings her many talents and warm spirit to all of her efforts. As one client writes, “Nanci is not afraid of cancer, not the scars, and not the physical and emotional precariousness.”
Nanci also volunteers her massage therapy skills to the bicycle riders of the Pan-Mass Challenge and was instrumental in creating an oncology massage section for Living Proof riders with cancer histories. Known as an invaluable resource for other practitioners, Nanci travels frequently to teach and train other therapists, and has plans to release a book of her writings on healing touch and massage.