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.
From gentle to vigorous the type chosen will be dependent on your own physical condition.
Involves gentle massage combined with essential oils. Each oil has individual qualities which work toward restoring balance within the body and may aid stress relief and relaxation. Sessions last around 1 hour.
Involves gentle pressure on the feet (or sometimes hands).
Is a process of revitalistion, relaxation and release at a very profound level that may help the body to adjust and heal at its own pace and in its own way.This may help with a wide range of physical and psychological difficulties. Sessions last around ½ hour.
Is an ancient method of healing which can be practised hands on or off the body. Reiki aims to be effective on all levels - the physical, emotional and mental, and can help the body's natural ability to heal itself by removing energy blockages and restoring balance. A treatment can last around 1 hour leaving the person feeling refreshed, energized and with a sense of wellbeing.
Is a holistic, non-invasive, touch therapy based on the same principals as acupuncture but using hands instead of needles. The shiatsu practitioner works on the fully clothed patient either on a futon, on the floor or on a massage couch. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience which can work on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels to help relax mind and body, restore and balance energy, ease tension and stiffness and enhance well-being. A treatment lasts for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.