Reiki & Cancer Care
Dr Carol Samuel
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese word translating as universal energy. This gentle yet powerful energy is accessed by the practitioner and channelled to the client via a series of gentle hand positions on the body (or just above if preferred). Reiki is a complimentary therapy that is non-intrusive as you remain fully clothed with just your shoes being removed and you can either sit or lay to receive the treatment. It is completely safe and suitable for anyone of any age, background or condition (if any) supporting any other conventional treatment that you may be having as it promotes a balanced sense of wellbeing on all levels (physically, emotionally and mentally). Reiki works to help any issues at the root cause encouraging your body’s own natural ability to heal itself.
What to Expect
Sessions can be different each time, depending on what is for your highest best, so they can be energising or deeply relaxing. You might feel immense emotional wellbeing or experience an emotional release or receive clarity of thought. During the session you may experience comforting warmth, coolness, tingling, and colours in your mind’s eye or you may even fall asleep, although it is best not to hold any expectations except to know that the Reiki is supporting you fully.
Reflexology in the treatment of secondary Lymphoedema
Dr Carol Samuel
Breast cancer related lymphoedema can be extremely problematic in approximately 20% of patients who have undergone surgery. Lymphoedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the interstitial spaces and is caused by poor transportation and absorption through the lymphatic system back into the blood circulatory system, which creates excess fluid in the upper limb(s). Reflex Lymph Drainage is a relatively new evidence-based technique for alleviating lymphoedema in those people experiencing fullness and pain in their upper limbs following breast cancer treatments.
In 2012 a small research programme was undertaken at the Cardiff Metropolitan University to evaluate the effects of using manually applied lymphatic drainage techniques through the reflexes on the feet, with great results. A second, much larger study funded by the charity Tenovus in 2013 has replicated these results. I am therefore delighted to be able to offer Reflex Lymph Drainage to my own client base.
Hypno-Chemo Complementary Cancer Care
Brief explanation of the therapy
I offer a professional and caring approach that will positively assist you in your journey with cancer no matter what stage you are at in that journey. The Hypno-Chemo Cancer Care programme complements your medical treatment by relieving stresses and anxieties, enhancing a positive mind-set, teaching you coping skills and techniques to support you through the whole process on an emotional/psychological level. Based on your needs and you as an individual, I’ll be drawing on an eclectic mix of therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Hypnotherapy, Meditation and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
Essentially, this approach will help you to cope as well as you can, developing or retaining a positive mental attitude, relaxing as often as you can and ultimately giving yourself the best chance in dealing and coping with the diagnosis and treatment ahead.
You can join or leave the programme at any point and there is an option for your partner or carer to attend a session should they wish to. The sessions are as follows:
Hypno-Chemo Cancer Care
1a Consultation – Venting – talking in a safe caring environment and relaxation.
1b Your carer – Venting – talking in a safe caring environment and relaxation.
2 Motivating, positive visualisation and lifestyle changes.
3 Preparation for Medical Treatment – relieving anxiety, pain management.
4 Reinforcement and Surveillance, the all clear – continue recovery
5 Dealing with Re-occurrence
6 Acceptance – Assisting you to meet your objectives
What the client can expect at the appointment
Sessions last approximately one hour. The first session is a consultation followed by a relaxing hypnotherapy/meditation session. Thereon, if you’re happy to proceed, we’ll be working together on your particular requirements. I will support you, guide you and we will work as a team in an environment of complete confidentiality, openness and trust.
What happens in a session
During our work together you’ll be learning techniques to help you relax, cope and develop a positive mind-set. I’ll be drawing upon an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnotherapy, Meditation and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
How many sessions should the client need before they see a result
The number of our sessions will vary because we’ll work around you and your individual circumstances and needs, we may also be working within the timeframe of your treatment. Generally though, from start to finish you may require between 10 – 12 sessions.
What can the therapy help
Coping with stress, a negative mind-set, anxiety and emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Examples of common requirements:
- Coping with treatment with a positive mind-set or positive mental attitude (PMA)
- Managing pain/nausea/needle fobia etc
- Shock and disbelief
- Negative thoughts
- Depression and Isolation
- Facing disappointment
Who would benefit from this type of therapy
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer who would like some positive assistance psychologically and emotionally.