This is simply to provide you with some general information about holistic reflexology treatment here at No.15 and answer some of the most common questions asked. Holistic reflexology is a complementary supportive therapy offered alongside your medical treatment. Many people with cancer find that reflexology helps them relax and generally feel better. Reflexology is not aimed at curing cancer.
There are an estimated 15,000-20,000 Reflexologists practising in Britain, and around 1.5 million people visit a Reflexologist in the UK every year, with some NHS cancer trusts and hospices employing them.
The fact that a growing number of GPs are happy to recommend that patients see a Reflexologist privately, and in some cases may be prepared to fund a course of treatment, is an acknowledgement that reflexology has real benefits.
What is reflexology?
The implications of reflexology for people with cancer are to be found in the way we look at the person holistically. So often when people are given a diagnosis the focus is turned to the cancer site and not the person. Supporting your cancer treatment with reflexology can help reduce some side effects and help...
you sleep better
ease your aches and pains
relieve your headaches
increase your energy levels
you care for yourself
you develop a sense of well-being
Reflexology is a simple, safe and highly effective treatment for all age groups. The treatment involves gentle pressure, massage and holding techniques on the feet.
A short consultation with your reflexologist takes place prior to each therapy. In our tranquil, warm therapy room where gentle music plays, you will receive individual care and it only being necessary to remove your shoes and socks to get pleasure from and benefit from foot reflexology.
I believe reflexology should be an integral part of care provided to all.
How can reflexology help me?
Research demonstrates that cancer patients who receive reflexology experience significant improvements in physical and emotional symptoms, and help in the management of symptoms from the side effects of chemotherapy. Findings in research about cancer from eleven countries show improvements for patients during all aspects of the cancer experience.
Chemotherapy Symptoms are lessened for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy when reflexology is applied. Results from research show patients experience decreases in nausea, vomiting, anxiety, fatigue and depression
Management of symptoms during 'cancer care management of symptoms', is improved for cancer patients receiving reflexology as demonstrated by research. Lessened pain, anxiety, stress, nausea and depression was realised by patients
Post-operative care studies show that reflexology application post-operatively results in lessened pain and anxiety for cancer patients
Palliative/hospice care reflexology use for cancer patients in hospice or palliative care helps reduce physical and emotional symptoms, alleviate fatigue, improve quality of sleep
What will happen on my first visit?
At your first session you'll be asked about your current symptoms, what treatments you have received so far, your sleeping patterns, emotional state and current problems.
And when all that's completed you'll be seated in a zero gravity reflexology reclining chair with heat pad, wrapped with a cosy blanket and then, Susan, your reflexologist, will work on your feet using specailist creams (which may contain aromatherapy essential oils), and take you on a journey of relaxation.
How many treatments will I receive?
In the first instance here at No.15 we offer cancer patients and their primary carer a FREE first session (medical suitability assessed) and then...
discounted weekly sessions of £20, if clients wish to continue with the therapy (normally £30)
All sessions are by appointment - do allow 45-minutes per session.
To book your first FREE appointment please contact Susan...
It's always good to speak with your doctor about your healthcare choices. With your permission and as a courtesy No.15 can send your GP a copy of this information if required.
Who is my reflexologist?
Susan is a dedicated practitioner who has qualified in her chosen field of reflexology with over a decade of practical experience. Having undergone further training which allows the opportunity to assist, relieve and support those suffering from...
long-term illness - covering energy replenishment, pain relief and a peace circuitry
loss and grief - covering shock, acceptance and belief to help move through this time; this can include job loss, divorce, and through to loss by death