To celebrate national reflexology week, we caught up with our very own Complementary Therapist, Hazel, to find out more about what reflexology is and how this therapy can help cancer patients.
Hazel, what does your role involve?
I work as a Complementary Therapist for the charity at the Beatson and also out at some of our satellite hospitals. My role involves providing relaxing therapies and beauty treatments to patients and this can be Facials, Massage, Manicures, Pedicures, Indian Head Massage and of course Reflexology which is very popular with patients.
Tell us a bit about relaxation therapies?
The therapies we provide aim to help patients have some time for themselves, to relax, de-stress, relieve tension, promote good sleep and to generally feel a bit better within themselves amongst the emotional rollercoaster that can come from having a cancer diagnosis and everything that comes with that.
Reflexology - what is it?
Reflexology is a very popular holistic treatment that we provide at the charity. It works on the belief that every reflex or pressure point on the feet corresponds to a part of the body. Therefore by working on the feet we are also working on the whole body to provide balance both emotionally and physically.
How can reflexology help cancer patients?
Many patients find having reflexology treatments very beneficial. It can really help patients to relax and de-stress, and some people also state that it helps them sleep better, provides some relief of pain and helps balance emotions.
What do you enjoy most about working for the charity?
I absolutely love my job with the Beatson Cancer Charity. I work with such a lovely team of colleagues and I feel very privileged to be able to provide some relief in the form of relaxing therapies to many amazing and inspirational patients. If I can make their day even a little better then that's what matters to me.
At Beatson Cancer Charity we provide a comprehensive range of wellbeing, specialist and complementary therapy services delivered by charity staff and volunteers through the unique and award-winning Wellbeing Centre and throughout The Beatson Cancer Centre and related facilities across the west of Scotland.
It costs just £25 to fund an hour of complementary therapy such as reflexology, which can have a massive impact on patients wellbeing while undergoing treatment. To donate or find out more about our services visit the links below: