Reflexology for Palliative Care
Supporting your health and wellbeing with reflexology
Palliative Care Reflexology is for people with life limiting diseases to relieve the symptoms, pain and stress associated with serious illness. It offers an effective way to relax, enabling support and coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.
Some benefits to having reflexology as part of palliative care include:
- Allowing the one-to-one set up to be used as either time for relaxation.
- Helping to support emotional well-being and often improving quality of life.
- Helping to relieve anxiety, stress and depression which often go hand-in-hand with a life-threatening illness such as cancer (for both patient and carer), therefore helping them with their ability to cope.
- Improving sleep pattern.
- Reducing pain.
- Boosting the immune system.
- Assisting the body to heal post surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy which may have caused tissue damage.
- Reducing swelling (oedema).
- Balancing the body.
- Boosting energy levels.
Treatment times can be adapted to suit your needs. Sometimes 30 minutes can be adequate. Whilst treatments are generally on the feet, hand reflexology can be used as an alternative if preferred.
Reflexology for Carers
Caring for a seriously ill family member or friend can be emotionally and physically draining. A reflexology treatment can provide momentary respite and allow those in the role of care giver to receive, just for a short time. For information on Cancer diagnosis and support please visit Macmillan Cancer Support.