While some people are fortunate and get the support they need from family, friends and community, others feel isolated. Even those surrounded by supportive and loving well-wishers often feel deeply alone.
Counselling with its combination of understanding, concern and neutrality can help people come to terms with difficult feelings. Like a good friend or partner, the counsellor is warm and caring. However, you don’t need to worry about overburdening the counsellor, as you might with a friend or partner.
The counsellor is able to bring an objective view to issues; their open-mindedness and impartiality can help you to explore difficult thoughts and feelings without inhibitions.
The benefits of counselling include:
- alleviating feelings of loneliness
- increasing the ability to communicate, improving relationships
- promoting the deeper understanding of emotions
- increasing a sense of control
- providing a fresh perspective and tapping into creativity
- reducing tension and stress
- putting people in touch with their resources of imagination and intuition
- helping people to find meaning in what is happening to them
A diagnosis of cancer can alienate people from their bodies; they can feel that their body has failed them. Sometimes cancer treatments radically alter people’s bodies in a way they can’t accept, or people come to experience their bodies solely as a source of discomfort or pain.
Massage has shown itself invaluable in helping people to:
- become aware of and accept their body as it is
- remember what it feels like to find pleasure and enjoyment in their body
Massage can be adapted to suit each person. Just having a face and head massage can bring as many benefits as a more extensive treatment.
The most common response from a client after a massage is “I feel so relaxed”. For many clients, having a massage is the first time they actually feel a sense of well-being since the onset of their illness, having had both physical and mental tensions stroked away.
One client has written: “after having an amputation, I was devastated. I felt really low and lost confidence in myself. Massage helped me to put myself back together again”.
Reflexology is a type of massage usually given to the feet, although it can also be given to the hands. The whole body is seen as mapped out on the feet – the right side of the body on the right foot and the left side on the left foot.
The organs or tissues in a particular body zone are linked to reflex points on the feet (or hands) and massage of these points treats the corresponding part of the body.
There are differing views as to how reflexology works. One view is that gentle massage helps to improve blood circulation and stimulates the body’s immune system. Another is that the body’s natural energy flow is blocked by illness or stress, and the reflexologist can feel a change in a particular reflex point that corresponds to the blocked part. Massage to this area can remove the blockage so that energy can flow freely again.
We will need to contact your GP or hospital consultant or nurse for a referral before we can arrange an initial appointment at home. Please call our Home Visiting Coordinator for more information on 020 7924 3924 or click here to request more information.