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Treatments

Click through the range of treatments on offer below to discover more. 
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Reflexology
(standard approach)

Reflexology works on the ancient premise that all our body organs and systems are reflected on our extremities (the feet, hands and ears). Through intentional massaging and pressing into the entire surface of our extremities through a systematic way, a Reflexologist gently initiates communication between these rich nerve endings and the corresponding areas of the body. These energetic signals encourage the body to awaken its own potential for re-balancing.  Reflexology is very similar to the principles of acupressure, working on unblocking the energy channels of our body. 
 

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have jointly published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2022 that based on the current evidence, Reflexology can be considered for generalised pain related to systemic cancer treatment and/or musculoskeletal complaints, and for chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.  More information about SIO can be found here: https://integrativeonc.org/ 
 
Most of my Reflexology sessions focus on the feet, however I do incorporate hands and Auriculotherapy (ear reflexology) when required.  The incorporation of ears can be extremely beneficial, as we can specifically target areas of your body through the placement of vaccaria ear seeds that are applied directly (externally) onto a localised tender area of the ear and held in place by tape for up to 5 days in duration.  This enables you the wearer, to gently press in providing acupressure in-between our sessions.  

 

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Reflexology
Lymph Drainage
(RLD)

 

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an evidence-based, specific approach that mimics manual lymphatic drainage (a commonly accepted massage technique, to manage a more efficient lymphatic system).  

RLD is a relaxing modality targeted for the lymphatics, with an intention to gently activate the lymph reflex areas from the feet or hands, to create a systemic response aiding in greater lymphatic flow.  This technique originates from ground-breaking research, by Sally Kay when she initially started working in cancer care (for those living with Lymphoedema as a result from breast cancer treatments).  Ongoing research continues, in collaboration with others.  

RLD can also be supportive for those experiencing the likes of sinus complaints, asthma, eczema, PMS, fibromyalgia, headaches, etc.  

I am a certified RLD Practitioner, and more information can be found here:
https://www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk/ 

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Regular Reflexology may support you with:

*Increased energy & sense of overall wellbeing
*Better gut motility (helping with constipation) 
*Reduced sense of anxiety
*Greater foot mobility & gait
*Reduced effects from peripheral neuropathy (e.g. chemo-induced, diabetes, etc)

*Improved sleep
*Improved immunity
*Relief of musculoskeletal tension
*Reduced pain, fatigue & nausea (e.g. chemo-induced)
*Improved blood circulation & lymphatic drainage
*Lessening of hormonal complaints

Reflexology can be a fabulous ‘one-off’ treatment – however it is advised that the culminative effects over regular sessions are more beneficial.  It is advised that regular appointments are initially planned (this is particularly so for those experiencing more chronic symptoms or peripheral neuropathy for example). 

Reiki

Reiki is a non-invasive & natural approach for strengthening & rebalancing our most inner resources, our mind, body, emotions, soul & spirit.  Through Reiki, we are invited to be with our oneness, because at its heart, Reiki is a deeply connecting, contemplative and spiritual practice.  It is one that can also support us through strengthening our ability to regulate our stress response and in doing so, bolster resilience.  This is because we’re able to experience the rest-digest-repair response (through eliciting the parasympathetic response), support our nervous & endocrine systems, tune into our spiritual essence, and generally nourish our wholeness in a way that has always been ours to access.  It’s just that over time, we’ve either forgotten or been influenced by our fast-paced world.   

Reiki originates from Japan, through Dr Mikao Usui.  His teachings have been passed down, from teacher to student since the early 1900’s.  My Reiki lineage is through the Dr Mikao Usui, Dr Chujiro Hayashi and Mrs Hawayo Takata approach, and it is a privilege and pleasure to offer & teach this to others, who seek a peaceful and supportive way for all that life brings us.  Reiki has become better known over the years and is proving to be an increasingly more chosen modality to support wellbeing.  A growing body of research is showing us how Reiki is becoming more integrated across mainstream healthcare environments for physical symptom management and increasingly for psychological support.  As it is a low impact modality, it is simply a beautiful approach for all, at any stage of life and for a range of reasons. 

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What to expect:

Reiki is delivered through a practitioner who has been attuned, and who uses specific sacred symbols with hand positions to channel universal energy from one to another.  

 

It can be given either face-to-face, via distance, 1:1 or in groups.  It is given while you remain fully clothed, and comfortably positioned on the therapy table.  

 

The session commences with a non-denominational prayer/intention, with calming music.  You need only close your eyes and give yourself permission to rest and receive.  An hour investing in you.   

Oncology Massage

Oncology Massage can support you at any stage of your cancer experience (either during active oncology treatments or recovering from), or if you’re receiving palliative care support.  Its intention is to elicit the relaxation response, which supports our whole physiology during times of intense stress.  (It can also be an appropriate approach for those who live with compromised health, medical fragility & in times of frailty).  

As an Oncology Massage Therapist, I have had specific training and can safely modify your massage to accommodate the side-effects you may be experiencing from your treatment and/or health complications that may arise.  If you have intravenous devices (e.g. portacath, PICC line), currently receiving chemo, immuno or radiotherapy, anticipating surgery or recovering from, taking anticoagulants, hormonal therapy, steroids or bone strengthening medication, etc, Oncology Massage can be adjusted and modified to meet your specific needs.  Safety and comfort are prioritised, to ensure you receive a calm, nurturing & restorative experience, away from the demands of treatment.  
 

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Oncology Massage’s effects were captured through the first, large group study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, USA (2004).  It showed that Oncology Massage helped reduce feelings of anxiety & depression, assisted in pain relief, reduced nausea & fatigue, improved scar mobility, facilitated lymphoedema management and enhanced quality of sleep. 

 

The international Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) advocate for a range of evidence-based modalities to be incorporated to support health & wellbeing, whilst going through oncology treatment. 

 

Based on current research, they advocate in the consideration of adding massage therapy (alongside a range of other modalities) for a person’s overall treatment plan (specifically those experiencing pain and/or anxiety).  More information re: SIO can be found here: https://integrativeonc.org/

PLEASE NOTE:  I only use natural, organic, unscented balms and/or therapeutic grade carrier oils on your skin.

Relax

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage therapy is the use of Swedish massage techniques to elicit deep relaxation.  Its primary focus is to help unwind and enable you to completely rest and makes it a great choice for stress relief.  Relaxation massage does not target injuries or treat conditions, but it can help to relieve general muscular tension and discomfort that our modern-day life presents.

 

This form of massage uses a combination of gentle & slow, flowing massage movements called effleurage, but also incorporates gentle to comfortably firm compressing & wringing massage movements called petrissage.  Both of which gently warm the tissues and create a soothing and calming feeling. 

Regular relaxation massage can support with improved circulation, enhanced digestion, reduction of our stress response, feelings of anxiety, improved sleep, endorphin release, reduced musculoskeletal tension and a stimulation of the lymphatic system creating more effective removal of fluid and wastes. 

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The benefits that regular relaxation massage therapy may support you with are:

*Improved circulation to the skin

*Enhanced digestion

*Reduced blood pressure

*Reduced sense of anxiety & stress

*Improved sleep patterns

*Endorphin release – creating better sense of mood & wellbeing

*Stimulation of the lymphatic system, creating more effective removal of wastes & fluid

*Reduced musculoskeletal tension

PLEASE NOTE:  I only use natural, organic, unscented balms and/or therapeutic grade carrier oils on your skin.

Head

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage (IHM) is a beautiful therapy that is a soothing sequence of massage movements, focusing on the upper back, arms, shoulders, neck, head, face and ears.  

 

It pays attention to specific meridian points through acupressure and focuses on the three higher chakras for rebalancing the entire holistic self.  The intention is to provide relaxation, relieve stress and improve overall wellbeing, through relieving musculoskeletal tension & fascial release, reducing sinus discomfort, helping to alleviate headaches & eye strain and creating improved lymphatic drainage.

IHM is delivered while you sit, fully clothed without the use of oils or balms. It is usually delivered over a 30-40min period and can be a super calming stand-alone session or integrated with any other modality.  It’s particularly supportive for carers who have limited time for themselves, don’t wish the additional energy of removing clothing and targets an area of the body that usually carries the lion’s share of life’s stressors (shoulders & neck).  This can provide an emotional release.

 

The contemporary practice of IHM was introduced to westernised culture by Narendra Mehta, a physical therapist and bodyworker. It has evolved from the ancient Ayurvedic health system that has been handed down intergenerationally. Through Narendra’s love of head massage and its benefits, he explored the origins and practice back in his home country of India.  He developed what is now known as IHM, that incorporates arms, neck and face in conjunction with an Ayurvedic focus.  Indian Champissage™ was introduced to westernised culture in the early 1980’s and is now taught and offered worldwide. 

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The benefits that regular IHM may support you with are:

*Relief of musculoskeletal tension through fascia release
*Improved lymphatic drainage for cellular waste removal
*Reduced sinus related discomfort
*Reduced symptoms from headaches
*Reduced eye strain
*Reduced symptoms of stress
*Increased relaxation & sense of wellbeing
*Improved hair growth

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