Stress can have a big impact on your health, profoundly influencing how well the body functions. Acute or short term stress tends to subside once the stressful event, such as giving a speech, is over. Long term or chronic stress is more damaging. Long term unemployment or caring for a sick loved one are common causes of chronic stress. There seems to be no end in sight, and the situation is not under your control. Continuous or severe anxiety can affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. Chronic stress can weaken the immune system and is associated with depression and digestive issues.
Cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment are a major source of stress and anxiety. Fear, worry and uncertainty can be about what is known or unknown. Severe anxiety may also affect the ability to think clearly, relationships, and daily activities. Some cancer induced anxiety may be due to the effects of medications and chemotherapy, or unrelieved symptoms. Fear of cancer re-occurrence and lingering physical side effects can create ongoing stress. It is important to discuss your stress and anxiety with your health practitioner.
Massage and touch therapies can be one way to care for yourself. They can create a pause to quieten the body and mind. Let them be a strategy in your stress reduction toolkit.
Jane and Jim were parents to an eight year old daughter diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Their daughter was struggling with the treatment and they felt highly stressed. Gentle nurturing massage allowed them to switch off and totally relax. They said that they could return to the ward ready to face whatever the day would bring.
Doris had received treatment for breast cancer, including surgery and chemotherapy. Although her treatment had finished, Doris described recurring headaches, stress and anxiety as well as long term side effects. “I feel traumatised. It feels as though I have PTSD”, she said. Gentle deeply relaxing massage was her most enjoyable form of self care.
Jenna was a woman in her late sixties whose partner had a cancer diagnosis. She was suffering from lupus and it would flare up under stress. “I need healing. I just need to relax”, she said. Jenna enjoyed several massages, each time leaving feeling relaxed and energised.
Kathryn, a career nurse, was highly stressed. She had taken leave from work to focus on restoring her health and peace of mind. Kathryn wanted to explore complementary therapies, particularly energy work. She had heard about Access Consciousness Bars, and wanted to experience a session. She lay back in her recliner and received a session while I gently talked to her. “Wow! Wow! Wow!” she said afterwards. “I want more. Where do I learn how to do this?”
Most relaxed I’ve ever felt… fabulous.
So good… feel connected… no pain since first visit… emotional anger/pain is gone… in a deeply relaxed space.
That was amazing. Fantastic. I feel like a baby being caressed by its mother.
I was so grateful for the massage I had… with Judy. I had the best night’s sleep for a long time that night… On Monday I had a wonderful massage courtesy of Judy… I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for these wonderful people.
This feels luxurious … I haven’t felt touch like this for many years.
Truly amazing. With my 5-year-old son going through Leukaemia life has been overwhelming and painful to say the least. … I never felt so relaxed, centred and feel as though I can deal with the hard year ahead much easier. The tension that is lifted is “truly amazing”. Judy is such a gentle and understanding lady and I will keep continuing to have my sessions as it does help my inner being. Thank you Judy.
The massages have been incredibly beneficial and have both come at times of immense anxiety and pressure due to circumstances relating to my little man.
What a wonderful, holistic experience. I firmly believe that massage is of great benefit to the body as a whole during times of stress and feels sure that for children undergoing chemotherapy it would be very helpful. Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy this experience – it has been a moment of great comfort during a stressful time
The ongoing stress for a parent associated with childhood cancer can be relentless and draining. Judy’s massage is a chance to switch off, relax and clear negative thought. It gives the body a chance to revive and restore itself. A series of massages would be ideal – will have to work on that! Thank you for a worthwhile and wonderful service.
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