Touch Therapies



Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that dates back more than 3,000 years. It is a gentle, safe and effective method of holistic healing that addresses the physical, emotional and psychospiritual levels of your health and well-being. It consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have shown to be effective in the treatment of various health issues. 

Acupuncture is helpful before, during and after cancer treatment. It can help relieve many of the common side effects of cancer treatment including, but not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • GERD
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Diminished Mental Clarity
  • “Chemo Brain”
  • Fatigue and Exhaustion
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Joint and Muscle Stiffness
  • Pain Management
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Depression
  • Hot Flashes and Night Sweats


The power of touch is probably the oldest and simplest form of healing, and therapeutic massage is the modern culmination of that power. For literally thousands of years, schools of medicine worldwide have used various forms of touch for healing purposes. In truth, nearly every ailment or injury known to humankind has at least one massage modality that can be safely and effectively applied. Furthermore, nearly every other healing regimen can be complemented by massage, and particularly when it is coupled with bioavailable nutrition and zeal for hydration, it can yield fantastic results. 
How can massage benefit me? 

Massage assists overall wellbeing by:
•   Reducing Pain
•   Increasing Circulation and Mobility
•   Lessening Sense of Isolation

Manual Lymphatic Drainage


Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) plays a vital part in managing lymphedema. Dealing with lymphedema after treatment for cancer can seem daunting. Knowledge can free you from unnecessary anxiety by providing clear guidelines for therapy and practical instruction in approaches to ongoing self-care. The more you know about therapies to manage lymphedema, the better your outcomes will be.

MLD uses a precise manual therapy technique to help move fluid away from swollen, congested areas and toward healthy lymph nodes. It is gentle, relaxing, and supportive of the whole lymphatic system.

Combined with properly fitted compression garments, exercise, and skincare, MLD is a cornerstone of any lymphedema management plan.

Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema

Surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiation scarring, injury, and infection can cause lymph to accumulate in the tissues rather than move along fluid pathways. Depending on the site of the surgery or radiation, swelling may occur in the leg, trunk, face or abdomen. This kind of edema – lymphedema – may show up as:

  • Swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Weakness
  • Tight skin
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Heaviness
  • Hardening of the tissue

If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to tissue damage and increased risk of infection.



The touch of reflexology communicates caring and comfort and is always sensitive to each patient’s medical status and tolerance. Reflexology stimulates the circulation, improving the nerve and blood supply to areas of the body which is congested. Reflexology can do no harm, it only helps bring the body back into a state of balance by giving the body back its resources through improved circulation. This means providing sufficient nutrients to parts of the body. It is just like improving the soil quality with nutrients so that the plant may thrive.

Reflexology can be combined with other therapies and is appropriate for patients at any stage of cancer, including end-stage disease. It is not appropriate for patients who have deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) of the lower and upper extremities, thrombocytopenia (low platelets), or bruising, rashes, severe edema or wounds of the ankles or feet.

Benefits of Reflexology include:

• Neuropathy
• Pains and aches
• Infertility
• Fatigue
• Hair loss
• Nausea/vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Loss of appetite
• Skin reactions
• Sore/dry mouth
• Blood Circulation
• Pain Relief 
• Stress Relief/Relaxation 
• Improves the quality of life & sleep 
• Clears energy pathways 
• Maintains good health & overall wellness


Reiki is energy that flows through the body of the practitioner and conveyed through the hands into the body of the recipient. It is subtle energy, but it can be felt – usually as warmth, a tingling feeling or slight pressure. Reiki is a non-invasive form of natural healing that works on a Physical, mental, and spiritual level to restore the natural balance of energy within the body. 
The most readily demonstrable benefits of Reiki are:
•   Pain relief
•   Stress reduction
•   Relaxation and calming 
•   Centering and balancing
•   Promotes self-healing
Any particular effects cannot be predicted. The energy is intelligent and it will do whatever is best. What can be stated is that Reiki will help the healing process for any condition or disease. Reiki is complementary to any medical treatment.

Benefits to Cancer Patients: 
Reiki may help to reduce the side effects of chemo or radiation therapy when given before, after or even during these treatments.
Reiki can help restore balance to the body and shore up its defenses. In addition, Reiki can help control pain and reduce anxiety.

CranioSacral Therapy

The CranioSacral system consists of the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord. Just as there is a pulse from the heart pumping blood, there is also a pulse from the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. When that flow is restricted, pain and dysfunction occur. Applying light touch to specific areas of the CranioSacral System, restrictions are released restoring the balance of bones and soft tissues.

CranioSacral Therapy is: 

Applied with Gentle touch 
Very relaxing to mind and body 
Safe to use in conjunction with medical treatments 
Empowering your body to heal itself 

Zero Balancing

Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. The practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture, and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization.

How can Zero Balancing help you?
Zero Balancing can help relieve body aches and pain, release restrictions in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress to improve the overall quality of life. Zero Balancing can also be helpful with specific goals such as relief from back pain, improving concentration or sleep, releasing unwanted stress, eliminating old behavior patterns, or boosting well-being. Zero Balancing works in conjunction with medical therapy and is not a substitute for it.
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