Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapy is available free to any adult or child affected by cancer (person diagnosed or family member). Complementary therapy has been shown to be effective in dealing both with physical symptoms as well as emotional/psychological symptoms that impact people affected by cancer. For example aromatherapy, reflexology and massage have been shown to: aid relaxation; relieve stress and tension; improve quality of life; aid sleep; improving coping with side effects and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

All our Complementary Therapists are trained to adapt techniques to work safely with adults and children  with a cancer diagnosis. The following complementary therapies are available at Action Cancer:

Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. Essential oils are liquid extracts of flowers, herbs, fruit and woody plants.

Action Cancer only uses essential oils which are diluted in a carrier oil or cream and we do not recommend the neat use of essential oils directly on the skin.  Also we do not recommend oral intake of essential oils under any circumstance.  This complies with the advice from the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists for more information go to Click Here.

Therapeutic Gentle Massage Therapy uses light touch and gentle pressure to ease muscle tension and relax the body.

Reflexology is the application of gentle pressure to different points on the feet, lower leg or hands to deeply relax the body.

Touch Therapy involves a series of holding techniques gently applied to the fully clothed patient, either seated on a chair or lying on a bed.

Relaxation Therapy uses techniques including breathing exercises, guided imagery and meditation to quiet the mind and induce relaxation.

Visualisation uses imagery to create a peaceful scene in the clients mind to aid relaxation e.g. thoughts of walking along a beach or a countryside.

Bach Flower Remedies are natural remedies which help to balance emotions and mood such as fear, anxiety, lack of confidence and tiredness to name but a few. Bach Flower Remedies are also safe for children to take.

Bowen Therapy is a technique where the practitioner uses thumbs and forefingers on precise points on the body to make rolling type moves which gently stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. These moves prompt the body to make the adjustments which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.

Emmett Therapy involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points, referred to as “Emmett points” that enable gentle releases for common problems, which include neck, shoulder and back pain

Click Below to view our Complementary Therapy Video

Complementary therapies are available at Action Cancer House/Belfast; Maureen Sheehan Centre/ West Belfast and at a range of regional locations in Lurgan, Derry, Strabane, Portrush, Coleraine and Bangor.

Pilates/Yoga at Action Cancer House we also provide Pilates and Yoga classes for cancer patients.

Pilates and Yoga includes exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, enhance mental awareness and help reduce fatigue. Both our Pilates and Yoga services are run by qualified instructors who have experience working with cancer clients. The services are offered to anyone with a cancer diagnosis who may be struggling with fatigue or with confidence in getting back to exercise after a cancer diagnosis.  They are also offered to women carrying BRCA mutation both before and after breast/gynae surgery. 

Pilates classes - At the beginning you will have a 1:1 initial session and then be offered a total of eight free sessions either as 1:1 or in a small group depending on your individual needs.

Yoga – this is only currently offered in a group setting.


To book an appointment click here or to find out more information call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344.