National Complimentary Therapy Week
You probably don’t know, but it’s National Complimentary Therapy Week! So I thought I would let you know a little more about some of the lesser known therapies I can offer, to compliment your primary healthcare through your doctor or consultant.
𝗢𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗔𝗱𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲/𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀/𝗙𝗼𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀
Many people have absolutely no idea that if they have had a cancer diagnosis in the past 3 years, their therapist won’t be able to perform most beauty and massage treatments on them without further training in adaptations. Now this doesn’t mean that massage or beauty therapy isn’t safe for cancer patients (despite the extremely outdated advice given at basic training), but it does mean we have to take certain aspects into considerations and adapt a little. So it’s about massage pressure, comfortable positioning post surgery or to accommodate PICC or Hickman lines, avoiding areas of sensitivity – but also being aware of treatment side effects and changes to the clients skin, nails and hair. If you are in active treatment, we need to consider that some days, you just might not feel well enough for it, be able to take a full session, or you may just need some more time before and after your treatment. The risk of infection and consequences are greater too, so we have to be hyper aware and prove to you that we take your health seriously, so that you can relax and trust us.
All of this is the extra consideration and skill that my further training ensures you as the client receive.
𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵
Most of my existing clients are women anyway, and moving forward I will be moving to a ‘new female clients only’ model, but many don’t realise that I can specifically help alleviate symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause.
As a woman who living with endometriosis, I not only have personal experience of many of the common symptoms of these female specific issues, but have also undergone further training to provide bespoke services that take into account the pain and discomfort associated with these natural processes, and work to soothe them.
One of the best things I ever did was get a pregnancy massage when I was pregnant. My babies were BIG and I’m quite small and it really wore me out. Having those massages not only made me feel physically better, but I reconnected with my babies and the wonderful excitement of it all during a time when I mostly felt ‘ugh’. Giving pregnancy massage is like getting a little invite into that world for an hour or so. I can’t lie, it’s magical. Massaging pregnant women is similar to the oncology patients in lots of ways – its perfectly safe with some considerations like positioning, restricted use of certain aromatherapy oils, and the physical and mental side effects of pregnancy. Pregnant mums who spend time tuning into their bodies and their needs, go into labour and parenthood much more relaxed and feeling in control.
What do all of these things have in common? They help COMPLIMENT your existing healthcare provided by medical professionals, whilst potentially alleviating the strain on their services and gaining a sense of control by taking your holistic health into your own hands.