Chai provides a wide range of complementary therapies, which can bring tangible benefits, helping ease the side effects and symptoms of cancer treatments and surgery. Therapies include hands-on treatments such as massage and aromatherapy as well as hands-free or minimal touch approaches like reiki healing and hypnotherapy. Your client services manager will discuss with you the most suitable type of treatment for your needs.

NB: As every case is different, we require written permission from your consultant before beginning any complementary treatments.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help treat the side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea, tiredness and lack of energy, by releasing the body’s natural painkillers – endorphins and serotonin. Research indicates acupuncture may benefit a considerable number of the body’s systems: nervous, muscular, hormonal, circulatory, respiratory immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive. It may also help reduce hot flushes, stress and anxiety.

During acupuncture sterile needles are introduced into various points on the body to help relieve pain and stimulate a beneficial response.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a gentle form of massage that uses natural plant essential oils to help promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It can lift one’s mood and relieve muscle pain, stress and tension. The therapeutic effect of aromatherapy comes from the combination of the oil and relaxing massage movements.

Before treatment, the therapist carries out an in-depth consultation in order to select the most beneficial oils, which are used singly or in combination, to help achieve the best result.

Craniosacral therapy

This hands-on, non-invasive, gentle therapy works by gently engaging the joints, connective and bony tissue of the skull and lumbar region and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding them. The treatment, which is done clothed, can boost the body’s own healing ability and help ease the fatigue, stress, shock and pain the body holds on to.

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Foot Care

Chai’s foot care therapists can attend to minor foot conditions, which include nail cutting and the gentle removal of hard, scaly and dry skin, which can cause discomfort. Thickened nails can also be treated. The treatment is complemented by a relaxing, gentle massage of the lower leg and foot, which stimulates circulation and can aid mobility.

NB: We are unable to offer this service to diabetics.

Healing

Healing is a therapy aimed at restoring the balance of body, mind and spirit. It is a natural, non-invasive, holistic approach intended to promote self-healing and encourage a sense of wellbeing and peace. Healing can provide a valuable and reassuring support for the person with cancer and his or her family members. It can help release and reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

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Hot Stones Therapy

This therapy uses heated volcanic rocks alongside reflexology and/or massage to promote relaxation and a sense of wellbeing through the body. The combination of warm and cool temperatures enables the therapist to deliver a deeper treatment than with hands alone, and encourages the body to detox and heal.

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Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy can be an effective technique for someone dealing with the effects of cancer and has been shown to help relieve nausea, sleep problems, panic and severe anxiety. It can also help with weight loss or gain, needle and other cancer-related phobias.

During a session, the hypnotherapist guides the client into a state of deep relaxation through calming verbal instruction. Using visualisations, the therapist help the client to re-frame negative, stressful thoughts about their situation, so they are less intrusive and overwhelming.

Indian Head Massage

This treatment can help with issues such as insomnia, headaches and sinusitis, tight scalp muscles and tendons, tension and feelings of stress. The massage, which is focused on the head, shoulders, neck, scalp and face, improves the circulation and the flow of lymph fluid, calming and re-energising the client. The practice has its roots in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, which is thousands of years old.

Reflexology

This is a specialised form of foot massage related to the Chinese practice of acupressure. The theory underlying reflexology is that different areas on the sole and upper part of the foot represent, and are connected to, the body’s internal organs.

Systematically applying pressure to points on the feet is thought to stimulate the circulation through the body, help eliminate toxins and encourage a flow of energy along the acupressure channels.

Many people report that reflexology relieves nausea and helps reduce stress, tension and pain. It can often improve the quality of sleep and restores a sense of balance to mind and body.

Reiki

This Japanese form of natural healing is done fully clothed and can be delivered while the client is lying down or seated. It involves the gentle, non-intrusive placement of the hands in a sequence of positions, across the whole body.

The goal is to re-balance the body’s systems, boost the immune system and relax the client so they are better able to deal with stress, tension and the difficult situations that cancer brings.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage promotes physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. According to the client’s needs, the practitioner may use superficial, gentle or more vigorous techniques and stretching movements in the joint areas.

As with other type of massage, it aims to stimulate the circulation and the body’s own healing systems, aid relaxation and boost energy. It can also help relieve pain, reduce stiffness and increase mobility.