The following therapies are available from the Trust. Please note that some treatments are not suitable for certain illnesses. The therapist will discuss with you the best treatment to suit your medical condition. Due to a shortage of some therapists and therapist location, not all treatments are offered for the whole of Kent. Treatments are given at a mutually convenient place and time.
We have over 120 therapists across Kent, all of whom are qualified, insured and a member of a recognised governing body.
Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body which results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins.
Aromatherapy is a practice which uses essential oils. Essential oils are herb and plant extracts. They are concentrated extracts which are used to treat a large range of disorders, defiiciencies and strains in the mind, body and emotions. The benefits of aromatherapy come from the scent of the oils which have the power to transform emotions and heal. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment which is designed to significantly improve physical and psychological well-being.
Mental health problems are one of the most common long term consequences of the disgnosis of a life-threatening illness and often persist even it is is efffectively treated.
When a patient receives such news it is a very distressing time for them and their loved ones. At The Harmony Therapy Trust, we understand the psychological chaos which accompanies serious or terminal health conditions and can offer you help to express your natural feelings which might include fear, shock, guilt, anxiety, powerlessness and responses such as panic attacks, clinical depression, psycho-sexual difficulties and dissociation among many others. Our therapies encourage you to speak without fear of judgement, safely, in confidence and are proved to assist in mitigating the trauma of prognosis and allowing patients and their families to move forward to well-being, irrespective of illness.
We have a small team of professional counsellors who specialise in alleviating these symptoms.
This treatment is only available, at present, in certain areas of Kent, due to a shortage of counsellors.
Reiki works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, and can help you enhance every aspect of your life. For example, Reiki calms, its reduces stress and provides deep relaxation, comfort and peace.
Massage therapy is a safe, non invasive, light rhythmatic soothing treatment, tailored to meet the needs of each individual. The individual is acknowledged as a whole person and the person is treated rather than the illness. Massage is also very effective for short term pain relief during palliative care. Clients report that receiving massage therapy is one of the few times during treatment and recovery that they felt seen as a person. At the end of the medical treatment, many individuals are at their most vunerable - they feel they are now without the "safety net" of the medical team that became a big part of their lives for so long. Massage is viewed by many as a continued form of support in the recovery process.
It is now widely recognised by the medical profession that massage therapy for those diagnosed wirth cancer can greatly reduce the negative effects both physically and emotionally.
(Reproduced with kind permission of Maureen Benson)
Hypnotherapy is one of the safest, quickest and most effective forms of treatment for the majority of psychological and emotional problems with low risks and side effects.
Positive aspects of hypnotherapy include the production of a much more profound level of relaxation with a concomfort reduction in stress levels. Hypnosis can also assist, ease and relieve the suffering for those with conditions such as ME, MS, Cancer, & Aids related illnesses etc. Whilst it may not be possible to obtain a cure, techniques & treatments are available which can assist in the relief of distressing symptons and help people to come to terms with their illness to bring about a significant and beneficial change in the quality of their life.
Doctors are becoming increasingly supportive of hypnotherapy. It is a non-invasive therapy complementary to orthodox medicine.
IBX NAIL TREATMENT
IBX Nail treatment is a new kind of service offering professional help for weak and damaged nails which can happen through harsh chemotherapy treatments.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Indian Head Massage is a therapeutic seated massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp and face.
Can alleviate stress, promotes relaxation. A popular massage often requested for general well-being.
Osteopathy looks at health from the perspective of bio-mechanics compared to much of medicine which is biochemistry.
Any mechanical tension within the body will have an effect on the function of that part. This will affect it's circulation and it amplifies any of the strain, stress and tension within the tissues, which naturally affects the physiology.
As Osteopaths, we are jointly trained to evaluate the mechanical strains and tensions affecting the whole body, the muscles and joints, the posture and spine in addition to the mechanical forces acting on the body organs.
By reducing the mechanical tensions within the body, it frees up energy and helps to increase vitality allowing the person to cope better with their condition. With patients with conditions such as cancer, I am not aiming to treat the condition, but to enable the patient to cope better with their treatment regime and if post treatment, to help the recovery process back to better health and vitality.
Reflexology has many benefits - it is non invasive, there are no harmful side effects, it enhances other forms of treatment, accelerates healing, improves the functioning of body and mind, increases energy levels and is believed to help support the immune sustem. Reflexology provides deep relaxation and helps the body regain balance. The gentle stimulation of the reflexes in the feet helps restore energy levels and promotes circulation, creating the right conditions for a return to good health.
REFLEXOLOGY LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
RLD was developed by Sally Kay whilst working in cancer care outpatient clinics, using reflexology for patients suffering from all kinds of cancers at all stages of the disease. Many of the patients had been treated for breast cancer and consequently suffered secondary lymphoedema. The treatment focuses on the primary concern of the patient and can be adapted accordingly. RLD is a reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet.
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