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Types of therapy

Aromatherapy massage

AromatherapyAromatherapy massage is a form of gentle massage using carefully selected essential oils. These oils are extracted from flowers, herbs, trees or other plants. Their therapeutic value has been recognised since ancient Egyptian times and they have been used in many cultures. 

The oils will be carefully chosen with you and used in a very dilute form, taking into consideration any symptoms you may have, your treatment and any side-effects cause by it. 

This is particularly important in order to prevent, as far as is possible, any skin sensitivity to the oils (very rare) or any increase in existing symptoms such as nausea. Most people find the sessions extremely relaxing and beneficial to mind and body alike. 

You may need to undress for this therapy, depending on the area of the body to be massaged. If you need to undress, you will be covered by a towel at all times.

Indian head massageIndian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a relaxing treatment concentrating on massaging the head and also the shoulders, neck and face. As the name suggests, this therapy originated in India. 

The treatment involves massage and acupressure point techniques on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. 

Indian Head Massage helps to bring about a feeling of calmness, well-being and relaxation and may help to alleviate stress, tension and insomnia. It may also help to relieve neck and shoulder stiffness. 

The treatment will take place in a quiet room within the LJMC. You will be seated in a chair and you do not have to remove your clothing. 

The treatment normally lasts 15-30 minutes and we may be able to offer a short course or a one-off session.


ReflexologyReflexology is based on the theory that particular areas of the feet are related to different areas of your body. By applying gentle pressure to these points, the different body 'systems' can be gently re-balanced.

The main use of reflexology at the LJMC is to improve relaxation. In some instances people report that it can help specific symptoms such as pain or constipation. 

Reflexology has the advantage that some painful areas can still be treated through your feet rather than touching the painful parts. 

Please note that reflexology is not suitable for anyone with phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the arms and legs. Please contact the LJMC Helpline (020 3826 2555) if you have any concerns about this.


ReikiReiki is a complementary therapy which can also be used alongside other therapies to help and support you. It is a very gentle therapy which promotes better health and a feeling of well-being. 

The treatment will take place in a quiet room within the LJMC. There is no need for you to undress and you may receive the treatment lying down or sitting in a chair, whichever is most comfortable for you. The therapist will make sure of your comfort at all times. 

The therapists will move their hands either with a light touch or no touch at all (if you prefer) over your body at short intervals. 

There is no need to wear special clothing. Comfort is the main aim so we advise you to wear something loose.

Ear acupuncture

The LJMC offers the ear acupuncture service to manage hot flushes and night sweats in women taking Tamoxifen, Arimidex (Anastrazole) or Femara (Letrozole) as adjuvant treatments for early breast cancer.

Research carried out at the LJMC indicates that ear acupuncture is a viable option for managing these symptoms that may be a side effect of these drugs.

Suitable patients are offered a series of eight treatments on a weekly basis in a group setting with other women.

Practical and financial reasons mean that there are limits on who can use this service. If you are interested in having ear acupuncture, please contact the LJMC Helpline (020 3826 2555). The LJMC leaflet A Patient's Guide to Ear Acupuncture at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre explains more about this service.


Last updated: 22 August, 2018