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Complementary Therapies

Radiotherapy patients and their carer can enjoy four free sessions of complementary therapy each.

Therapists provided by the Cavendish Centre and funded by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, available Monday to Friday (by appointment only).  The therapies on offer are:

Massage

Massage therapy is probably the oldest known therapy as it is based on touch, which we all do.  It involves kneading, stroking or gently pressing the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help you relax mentally and physically.  Some types of massage are soft and gentle, while others are more vigorous.  It is possible to just concentrate on small areas of your body, such as your feet, neck and shoulders, as well as massaging larger areas such as your back.  You may be asked to remove some clothing during your treatment.

Reflexology

It is believed that different areas in your hands and feet are linked with different parts of your body.  By applying firm but controlled pressure with thumb and fingers to these areas, generally on your feet, the reflexologist will help to relieve in-balances in different parts of your body and renew energy flows.

Reiki

This is a simple and natural form of “hands-on” healing that originated in Japan.  The word means “universal life energy” which is around and within all of us.  You simply lie, or sit (fully clothed) and the practitioner will gently place their hands “over” or “on” your body, in areas where you feel it is most needed.  It is not linked to any sort of belief system.  The aim is to support the body to heal itself.

Hypnotherapy / Relaxation

Hypnotherapy is not the same as hypnosis you see in stage shows.  In Hypnotherapy, your therapist will gently take you into a deep state of relaxation so that you can be helped to let your mind float onto things you might wish to change and ways to do this away from anxious thoughts.  Hypnotherapy has its roots in most historical healing processes, and is based upon profound relaxation which allows your mind both the space and the time to start to make sense of what is happening to you.  You can be taught how to use the state for yourself (for example, when you go into hospital) and you can use relaxation at home.  You will be fully clothed and remain conscious throughout the therapy.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy , originating in Japan, and is a method of stimulating / unblocking the vital “energy” flow (Ki) within the body by using a gentle type of “acupressure” massage.  It is a therapy that works on the emotional and psychological levels as well as on the physical state.  The benefits are numerous: Shiatsu relaxes mind and body, restores and balances energy, relieves musculo-skeletal disorders and enhances general wellbeing.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture (or ear acupuncture) is a form of complementary therapy positioning very fine needles into the outer ear.  There is significant evidence to suggest that Auricular Acupuncture can reduce both the severity and frequency of hot flushes in many people.  Each Acupuncture point being treated, is said to trigger electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific part of the body.  It is known to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

 “Both therapists allowed time for me to express my fears and anxieties. I was treated in a very calm and professional manner. At the end of the sessions I felt more positive about my condition and in better control of my feelings.” Read More Personal Experiences

For more information on Auricular Acupuncture and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol that we use see – https://acudetox.wordpress.com/about-nada/

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