Complementary therapies can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments and are increasingly considered an important part of supportive care, that helps people address a wide range of challenges beyond medical treatment or cancer.
Our Complimentary Touch Based Therapy Program aims to improve general wellbeing, quality of life and can help people to cope with the side effects of cancer treatment. The therapies provided are guided by evidence based best practice and research.
We offer a range of free touch based therapies to cancer patients and their families, which includes:
Reflexology is a form of foot and hand massage, based on the belief that certain points on the feet and hands correspond to the body's internal organs and systems, like a map. The principle of Reflexology is that through pressure on these reflex points, it stimulates the body to work toward better health.
Clinical trials have shown that reflexology reduces pain and anxiety and helps improve quality of life, particularly for those receiving palliative care.
Massage involves moving muscles and rubbing or stroking soft tissues of the body to release both muscular and emotional tension.
Many scientific studies have shown that massage can reduce pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and nausea, particularly in patients with cancer who have had chemotherapy and surgery.
Reiki is a system involving the laying on of hands, developed in Japan in the early 20th century and is believed to have the capacity to bring balance to the physical, body, mind, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual.
Research has found that the effect of Reiki can be demonstrated through changes to a recipient's biology after they have received Reiki for 30 minutes. Changes to biological markers suggest that Reiki can contribute to a decrease in anxiety and an increase in relaxation.
Beauty therapy is performed by a qualified beauty therapist and involves treating and taking care of an individual's hair, face or body to improve appearance and generally look after the face, body or hair.
Research indicates that beauty therapy can reduce the impact of cancer on individuals through contributing to assisting with appearance-related concerns and nurturing the individual.
Our free complimentary therapies are only made possible thanks to our amazing volunteers, who generously give their time to support West Australians impacted by cancer. Thanks to the support of Volunteering WA and Lotterywest, we were recently able to recognise the generous contribution of our volunteers during this year's National Volunteer Week.
For more information
- If you would like more information about our Complementary Therapies program, to see if you qualify, or to register for a program, please contact our cancer nurses on 13 11 20.
- For more information or to register for meditation, yoga and exercise groups, please visit our Life Now Page.