Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies can help to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with cancer or other serious illness.

Complementary therapies are a group of therapies that take a holistic approach to a person’s care. This means you are supported as a whole person, incorporating your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Complementary therapies concentrate on supporting relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety. They can include massage, reflexology and acupuncture, to name a few.

Here at Jecca’s House we are pleased to offer reflexology and massage in our therapy room. Kim Edwards is one of our registered nurses who has undertaken further training enabling her to perform both ‘M’ Technique massage and reflexology.

Reflexology – more than a foot massage

Reflexology is a touch therapy that applies gentle pressure to specific points on the feet. It aims to bring about a state of relaxation and support the body’s own healing process, by clearing the energy pathways, like acupuncture, but without needles, which in turn can restore the balance of the body.

‘M’ Technique Massage

The ‘M’ Technique is a series of stroking movements performed in a set sequence with light pressure. It is gentle, soothing and almost hypnotic – helping to reduce stress, improve pain and anxiety and boost mental health and well-being.

It differs from conventional massage in that the structure and pressure do not change throughout the treatment.

How to book

Kim will discuss your individual needs with you at an initial consultation. Usually, a course of six treatments is recommended, followed by a review.

Treatments are available every Tuesday, from 9:00am-5:00pm, by appointment. Please book this with our reception.

Kim is always happy to explain the treatments offered and their benefits, in more detail on request.

Treatments are free of charge. However, donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue to support the work we do and the services we off.

Hidden Beauty

Campden Home Nursing also partners with Hayley Kaye at Hidden Beauty in Chipping Campden to pay for courses of treatments for local people with a life-limiting illness illness. Please call us for further information.

A recent patient that we have helped with complementary therapies had this to say:

The Magic of Haley

“I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer a year ago and have been on fortnightly chemotherapy since then. Early on, the effects of the cancer and side effects of drugs was quite minimal, making me tired, but over time I have struggled with breathlessness and aching in my lower legs both of which make mobility difficult.

I was recommended to see Haley from Hidden Beauty to try out Reiki, which might help relax me.

I looked into it and to be honest I could not see how it would work, but in my situation, anything was worth a try.

The first few sessions were relaxing (I fell into a deep sleep on one occasion) but I was not sure that much more was achieved. However more recently I have discovered that when focus is directed, my breathlessness is eased and my leg ache has been alleviated. It’s not a permanent fix, but even a few days of relief is better than nothing. I now come away from Haley knowing I will feel more comfortable in some way. I let her discover where I most need the focus and she hasn’t got it wrong yet.

Whether it is the very friendly welcome at the salon, the calmness Haley exudes, or that the magic of Reiki is real (I still don’t really understand how it works) I would thoroughly recommend giving it a try. It does something good for me.

In closing I would like to thank Campden Home Nursing who have generously offered me a number of Reiki sessions with Haley. Your support is very grateful and is helping me get though the struggle”

Another patient says:

“Haley gives me a facial with Reiki. It is totally relaxing and if I concentrate on the textures of the variety and pressures of the hand movements used, it’s a very mindful experience. It’s incredibly calming and shows immediate benefits on my speech, which is impacted by neurological problems.”