We offer free holistic therapy for cancer and palliative care patients at our respite day care centre, near Llandysul, in South West Wales.
What is holistic therapy?
Holistic therapy is known by many different names including: complementary therapy, complementary medicine, alternative therapy and alternative medicine. For palliative care patients, holistic therapy is almost always used in partnership with conventional Western medicine. Therapists take a ‘whole-person’ approach by recognising that our physical, emotional (and in many cases spiritual) wellbeing are closely linked.
How can it help me?
Holistic therapy can be very helpful in dealing with pain management. For cancer patients it can help with some of the side effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Our therapies can help you to relax and let go of emotion, stress and anxiety, which may help speed up your rate of recovery. Our patients often tell us how much more comfortable and positive they feel after a session. Therapies may help you to reduce your use of pain medication and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Inside one of our therapy rooms…
Our aromatherapist uses the natural oils from flowers, stems, leaves and plant roots, to enhance your emotional and physical well-being. Just breathing the beautiful aroma from these oils can help with pain relief and help you feel more relaxed. Most people find the therapy very uplifting, so it can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety. Essential oils can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can help to promote healing. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but can help the body find a natural way to restore itself.
The ancient Chinese practice of reflexology is a holistic therapy that can help to relieve pain, stress and tension. Reflexologists believe that different areas on your feet and hands have links to other parts of the body. By massaging these specific areas, reflexologists can stimulate the nervous system to improve the healing of the body. Reflexology is not intended to replace conventional Western treatments, but can be very effective in relieving pain – particularly after cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
Massage can be a wonderful way to ease pain and aid deep relaxation. There are many different kinds of massage therapy, so at the beginning of the session we take time to discuss with you what kind of massage therapy you would most benefit from. A popular choice is our aromatherapy massage – we use a combination of essential oils to deepen relaxation and help you let go of any stress or pain that may be bothering you.
Using our holistic therapy service
Before we offer any holistic therapy, we need to get permission from your district nurse or GP – we can arrange this for you. All of our staff and volunteers are full qualified, insured and have many years experience offering therapies to support those with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, so you can rest assured you’re in safe and capable hands.
“As a cancer patient I attend the hospice for holistic therapy on a weekly basis and as a result the darker days are enlightened by the love and care I receive from the Sisters, Brothers and Volunteers.”
Winnie – Respite day care patient