Cavendish Cancer Care provide a carefully selected range of therapies that may help to improve the quality of your life and help you regain a sense of control. Some therapies may be delivered online or by telephone while others take place at the Tim Pryor Centre on Wilkinson Street. An introduction to each of our therapies is given below.
All of our therapists are highly skilled and experienced professionals who hold a recognised qualification in their therapies. They are members of professional organisations that seek to establish and maintain high standards of safety, efficacy and quality of practice.
Before your treatment…
Before any therapy is offered you will be asked to give details about your general health and any medication you are taking. Therapy sessions can last from 15 to 40 minutes depending on how you are feeling and can be paused at any time if your feel uncomfortable. Should you require us to provide a chaperone, advance notice will be required.
…and after your treatment
You may feel very relaxed and sleepy after some of the treatments and if so, it is best to rest. You may however find that you have lots of energy and want to use it, but make sure you do not overexert yourself. You may also find that you are thirstier after some of the physical therapies and need to drink extra fluids. Side effects of treatments are very rare but if you should have any concerns following treatment, please contact reception at the Centre for advice.
Acupuncture (at Tim Pryor Centre)
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles at carefully chosen sites of the body. Most people do not find this painful, but it is normal to feel a mild sensation. Acupuncture treatments are designed to treat the whole person, taking into account mental and emotional factors, as well as physical symptoms. People often report not only an improvement in specific symptoms, but also a general sense of wellbeing. Acupuncture has a reputation for pain treatment and there is increasing evidence that acupuncture can help those suffering from anxiety, depression or low mood. Acupuncture may also help with the management of fatigue and hot flushes.
Aromatherapy involves the use of plant oils, which are carefully chosen to match your needs. The oils are diluted and massaged into your skin. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with another therapy, such as massage, reflexology and reiki. It may help you to feel more relaxed and uplifted and help to ease physical discomfort.
Counselling (currently delivered online and by telephone)
Counselling offers a safe place for you to talk and be listened to in a non-judgemental way. Sometimes it can be easier to talk to a stranger than to friends or relatives. Counsellors are trained to listen attentively to you and help you make sense of your thoughts, feelings or behaviour at a difficult time of your life.
Hypnotherapy, Relaxation & Visualisation (at Tim Pryor Centre)
Hypnotherapy is a state of deep relaxation similar to a daydream in which you are detached from your every day cares and worries. In this more relaxed state, the therapist works with you to positively influence thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You will not be asleep or unconscious at any time during the session and can be shown how to recreate the same feeling for yourself whenever you feel under pressure outside of the sessions. This is called ‘self-hypnosis’. Hypnosis may also help with pain management, sleep problems and in allowing you to feel more relaxed and comfortable when having medical procedures, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Body based therapies at the Tim Pryor Centre include massage, reflexology, reiki and shiatsu.
Massage therapy is probably the oldest known therapy based on touch. It involves stroking, kneading or gentle pressing of the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help you relax mentally and physically. It is possible to just concentrate on small areas of your body such as your feet, face, neck and shoulders, as well as massaging larger areas of your back. In addition to being relaxing, massage may help a person feel more energised.
Reflexology is based on the theory that different points and areas on the feet, lower leg, hands, face and ears correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas. Reflexology can be effective in promoting relaxation and wellbeing; reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience. Reflexology may also help to relieve pain or stiffness, digestive disturbance, as well as to improve sleep.
This is a natural form of energy therapy. The word means ‘universal life energy’ which is around and within all of us. Reiki is not linked to any sort of belief system. Reiki can help to calm and relax your mind and body, promoting a sense of peace. You will lie or sit (fully clothed) and the therapist will gently place their hands over or on your body.
Shiatsu supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being. Techniques of gentle pressure, stretching and massage are used and can help to balance and improve energy flow. Research suggests that Shiatsu may help with a variety of conditions such as back and muscle pain, digestive disorders and insomnia. It is a deeply relaxing experience and can help to alleviate anxiety and promote wellbeing. You remain clothed for the treatments.
Online Body-Based Therapy
The therapist can provide support and introduce techniques that are gentle and very safe. Techniques can be adapted to your individual needs by connecting with the resources that you have to facilitate balance, calm and build resilience. This support can help you to look after both your physical and emotional health and well-being. These techniques can include:
- Acupressure to acupuncture points
- Self Shiatsu/Massage/Facial Massage
- Gentle stretches to encourage flow and movement
- Grounding techniques – to promote calm and connection
- Time to share – to help reduce sense of isolation
Groups & Courses
As well as individual therapies Cavendish provide classes and courses online, which include:
Cavendish Wellbeing Course
This is a 6 week interactive online group introducing you to simple techniques that promote positive well-being. You will have the opportunity to learn and connect with others, ask questions and experience a short well-being exercise so that you can build good daily habits to increase positivity and resilience. The course addresses key areas including practical mindfulness, managing worry, nutrition and better sleep and is supplemented by a comprehensive online support course.
Nutrition is an important aspect to living well, with and beyond cancer. These sessions last 90 minutes and will be delivered on Zoom by our expert therapists. In addition to the main presentation, you will have opportunity to ask more specific questions related to the chosen topic. Current sessions include:
- Eating to Maximise Energy
- Practical Nutrition
- Nutritional Nonsense Exposed
- Managing Digestion Issues and Gut Knowledge
- Meet the Experts Q & A – An opportunity to ask further questions about diet and nutrition.
Moving Through Grief
The Moving Through Grief Course is designed to help you travel the unknown terrain of loss and find your own path to healing. In this six-week course, you will:
- Learn about the natural grief process, including the ‘Cycle of Compassionate Transformation’, to help you to understand your grief and move towards peace.
- Explore how easy and gentle movement, breath, and sound can help you break though the heaviness of grief.
- Discover specific Grief Movement™ exercises and techniques to support your individual grieving needs. These practices are easy and suitable for all ages and abilities and can all be done standing or from the comfort of a chair. They are designed to help release tension and lessen the weight of challenging emotions.
- Have opportunities to share your experiences and connect with others who have also experienced loss; people who ‘get it’.
The course will be hosted by a Cavendish Counsellor and Certified Grief Movement™ Guide.
Cavendish are pleased to also offer weekly classes which can help manage stress, tension, overwhelm and anxiety and improve sleep. These include Online Relaxation Class, Chair Yoga and Traffic Light Tapping.