Stress & Anxiety

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.

back massage for pain relief
back massage for pain relief

Client stories



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?”


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