Our range of complementary therapies aim to promote a sense of wellbeing during a difficult time while encouraging the body back into a more balanced state. All our therapists are fully registered, qualified and experienced in supporting those affected by cancer.
If you have cancer, using complementary therapies alongside conventional cancer treatments may help you feel better and improve your quality of life by reducing side effects such as pain, nausea and fatigue. For carers and family members, complementary therapies offer some time out for relaxation. For all, we hope the therapy you select will help you to sleep better, feel less anxious and restore energy.
The therapies are completely safe but some may not be appropriate, or may have to be modified to suit particular conditions or treatments. To ensure that you receive the most appropriate therapy, in the best way for you, the therapist will ask you questions about your health, pre-existing medical conditions, any treatments you may be having, or any medication you might be taking.
We would also recommend that you keep your GP and/or consultant advised of any therapies taken. The range of complementary therapies available varies – to find out what is available in your area please contact your local CLAN centre.
A form of hand or foot massage related to acupressure. Reflexology is based on the theory that different areas on the feet or hands represent and are connected to, different parts of the body. The reflexologist applies gentle pressure to specific points on the feet or hands. The aim is to help you feel more relaxed.
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage. The practitioner works on the fully clothed client either on a futon, on the floor, or on a massage couch. It is based on the theory that health depends on the balanced flow of energy through certain channels in the body. Therapists believe that placing pressure on these channels helps restore energy balance. They may also stretch or hold areas of the body to reduce stiffness and soreness.
A form of structured or therapeutic touch. It can be used to relax your mind and body, relieve tension, improve circulation and enhance your mood.
Another type of therapeutic touch developed in Japan. You sit or lie down and practitioner gently places their hands on or just above your body. The practitioner works on the fully clothed client. They use a sequence of positions that cover most of the body.
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems such as pain, anxiety and phobias.
The therapeutic use of essential oils to help deal with stress and improve emotional well-being. Essential oils are extracted from plants and are thought to possess distinctive properties which can help promote relaxation. The oils may be applied via massage or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods e.g. an inhaler stick.
Qi-Gong is a holistic practice which originated in China and typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation and breathing. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that, instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.
The range of complementary therapies available varies. To find out what is available in your area please contact your local CLAN centre.
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