Many people with cancer say that they gain a lot of benefit from using reflexology because it helps them forget about everything for a while and just relax and relieves some of the discomfort. They like the idea that it is something that can help them in a safe and painless way without further drugs. It is often said that there is a sense of taking back some control and feeling more motivated optimistic and hopeful. Sometimes it is to seek the comfort from touch, talk and time.
Reflexology has been found to complement conventional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Through relaxation reflexology helps the patient to cope better with symptoms, reduce stress and anxiety and calm emotions and to increase a sense of health and well being which all play an important part in our coping mechanism.
Research is still in the relatively early days, however reflexology is being used more and more in UK hospitals for cancer patients.
(Rosa Compassion from garden at Sole Retreat)
Through relaxation reflexology:
ability to cope with life's challenges
Things you can do:-
Reflexology does not offer a cure for cancer or a replacement for treatment already being received from conventional cancer care. You should always seek the advice of your doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and should never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical advice.
If you would like to read how reflexology has helped other people click here
(photo by John Wyatt)