Cancer and its symptoms can affect much more than physical health. We believe complementary therapies are an integral part of self-care and can offer a small respite to people living with the effects of cancer.

Allowing yourself some time out can help you focus your energy and mind. We offer our services on hospital wards or in treatment rooms, meaning you can relax wherever you are.

Our Complementary Therapy Manager, Angela, describes the treatments we offer.

Auricular Acupuncture

Tiny needles are placed into the outer ear area for around 45 minutes to help relieve symptoms such as neuropathy, hot flushes, nausea, pain and insomnia. The treatment is based on the idea that the ear is a reflection of the whole body.

“It’s essentially reflexology for the ears,”Angela explains. “Every point corresponds to a symptom the patient may be feeling and helps to reduce it.”

For the first six weeks, one symptom is treated. After that dual treatment can take place, where the acupuncture can target more than one symptom.

Body Massage

A gentle massage all over the body with the aim of relaxing the patient, reducing anxiety, improving sleep quality, and being an overall well being treatment.

“All our therapists are well trained in avoiding tumour sites, areas undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and IV tubes,” Angela adds. “This massage technique is more of a surface treatment, rather than for getting deep knots out.”

Indian Head Massage

A massage for the head, neck, face and shoulders. Just like body massage, it’s perfect for relaxation and improving sleep quality. It can also reduce muscle stiffness, prevent headaches, and promote hair growth.

HEARTS Massage

Hands on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation,Textures, and Sound make up our HEARTS massage therapy. It draws on a range of natural skills and sensory experiences to provide a relaxing treatment for the patient. The benefits from a HEARTS approach may help people who are anxious,in pain, or unable to sleep.

‘M’ Technique – Manual Massage

Gentle strokes along the body in a sequence to have a positive effect on the brain waves and put things back into balance.  

“Rather than massage, this treatment is made up of light strokes. The ‘M’ Technique has got to be exact; you can’t deviate from the sequence,” Angela explains. “Two of our therapists are trained in this so we can offer it to people who don’t want a regular massage, which is great.”

Reflexology

Based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond to different areas on the body, our therapists are trained to massage these to reduce stress, relax the patient, and alleviate symptoms.

“It’s a great treatment for putting the patient’s body back into equilibrium, having everything balanced,” adds Angela.

Reiki

A Japanese technique that focuses on the realigning body’s chakras and channelling positive energy. Our therapist hovers their hands over the patient’s body and pulls their chakras back into sync. It’s great for relaxation, anxiety and depression.

“You’ve got seven chakras along your body and if any of them are out, Reiki puts them back into line. It’s energy from the therapist over to the patient, straight into the various chakras,” explains Angela.

One of the advantages of complementary therapies may be that they’re relatively free of risks, which means less adverse events.

Complementary therapies can’t help to treat or cure cancer, but it can help relieve some symptoms and side effects from your treatment. Please call 0191 280 5160 to find out more information or to book a complementary therapy.