Client Services – Therapies
With over 50 fully trained and insured therapists, Cancer Wellness Support provides our member clients and their families/carers with a large range of subsidised therapies including Acupuncture, Bowen Therapy, Counselling, Lymphoedema Management, Massage, Naturopathy, Reflexology and Reiki.
Cancer treatment can be enhanced by the use of natural therapies. Therapies may assist in managing the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy through reducing the severity of symptoms and promoting self care and relaxation.
Click the tabs below to explore.
Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art within a professional relationship and works across health & medical fields. Clinical studies show that art therapy helps reduce tiredness, anxiety, pain and depression. Artistic talent is not necessary for people to benefit from art therapy. Art therapy groups are small, intimate and confidential.
Cancer can be an unfamiliar and uncharted territory for a person and for their family and friends.
Counselling can help create the space to look at and make sense of your thoughts and feelings. A counsellor’s task is to provide a non-judgmental ‘listening’ space to allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Even though you may begin to engage in counselling based on your cancer diagnosis this does
Hypnosis is an effective tool in cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. It has been consistently shown to improve clinical outcomes. The vast majority of cancer patients will undergo surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy which may be accompanied by pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Hypnosis has a powerful place in your healing journey as it sustains you at times of pain, fear and stress.
Research shows that regular mindfulness practice is effective in reducing stress and thereby improving immune function and health outcomes. It also results in improved mental function and reduced levels of anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Group sessions are held at both CWS centres.
Support group provides the opportunity to share what is happening on an emotional level in a confidential and supportive setting and without judgement. It is also a place to connect with others who share your experience be they the person with a cancer diagnosis or their carer and most of all, share laughter and supportive friendship.
Cancer is now a story of living with a chronic disease rather than an acute short term illness. A return of cancer can be, at times, a very fearful event, there is often many different medical approaches to consider and time out from the stress of trying to make new decisions is important. This group is only for people with a metastatic diagnosis so there is a wealth of support with in this group.
There are opportunities to attend live in retreats which focus on different areas of mind, body and spirit care. You may choose a particular themed workshops which best meets your needs at the time, and then pack your bags for some time away to focus, reflect, explore and rest. We have a relationship with two major leaders in complementary therapies, Gawler Foundation Victoria and Quest for Life NSW.
Workshops give you an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a particular issue you may be experiencing. These workshops may be delivered by one of our therapists who specialised in the issue and/or by an invited guest who is a leader is this field. Workshops can be a mix of one day or two day events and are often delivered from our centres.
These are times of fun and relaxation with the idea of giving you time out from your normal days of appointments. They can be held at our centres, opportunity shops or other venues but at all times the focus is on time out, getting back to being a part of the world outside medical and therapy appointments.
Isolation is a side effect of living with cancer in both the short and long term. You may find your days are filled with medical and therapy appointments so there is no time left for socialising and you just might be exhausted. The day long tours give you an opportunity to sit, relax, enjoy the passing scenery and be completely cocooned for the day. The tour may include visits to interesting sights, even wineries for wine tasting, lunch is always provided and time enough is left for sleeping on the way home.
Financial Peace of Mind
We have a commitment to you to ensure our therapies are not only effective health choices but they are affordable. We subsidise both your individual, group therapies and retreats with income raised from our opportunity shops located in Katoomba and Penrith. We ensure that finances will not impact on your access to wellbeing.
A traditional form of Chinese medicine in which fine sterile needles are inserted into points along the energy channels in the body to re-balance energy. Acupuncture may address both the symptoms of various cancers as well as the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Consists of a series of gentle rolling moves on the skin over muscle, tendons and ligaments in the body. Frequent pauses, usually two minutes, are allowed between moves to give the body time to respond. It is gentle, effective, relaxing and addresses the body and mind from a truly holistic approach.
Is a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at imbalances that may be causing disease in the body. Kinesiology aims to detect and correct imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition or minor injuries.
Lymphoedema can occur when lymph nodes are removed by surgery or damaged by radiotherapy. Early attention to the risk can help to avoid the condition. There is no cure for diagnosed lymphoedema, but a whole of body and mind approach supports lymphoedema care. A combination of diet, massage, meditation, breathwork and exercise, along with measuring of the affected part by the Sozo machine, compressive bandaging, including specific drainage techniques, compressive bandaging and garment fitting. Only specialist lymphoedema massage therapist deliver this service.
This form of massage is specific to people experiencing cancer and must be delivered by by qualified therapists. Massage can reduce muscular tension, pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and nausea. Oncology trained therapists provide the expert safe and gentle touch needed for clients during and after treatment.
Naturopaths can offer specific nutritional advice regarding diet and supplementation before and after cancer treatment to maximise recovery and improve outcomes. Diet and nutritional supplements can be extremely helpful in managing symptoms of disease and of treatments, specifically fatigue, stress, digestive upset and lowered immunity.
Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretching and movement to the feet and hands to trigger healing in corresponding parts of the body. It complements conventional cancer treatment by relaxing the body and reducing stress. It is especially effective for clients with post treatment neuropathy.
Is a safe, natural and simple method of promoting wellbeing benefiting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies. Clients often find that Reiki relieves pain, anxiety, nausea and fatigue. Reiki may also support recovery from surgery and reduce side effects of treatment.
Yoga therapists design and combine gentle movements with specialised breath techniques to relax and calm both the body and mind, lower heart rate and blood pressure. The poses can be altered to suit you and your needs – there’s no tying yourself into pretzels. Relaxation is an important part of yoga and all the classes will include a relaxation period.
Gentle Movement & Stretching
A gentle class that will mobilise all your major joints, lightly stretch your large muscle groups plus give you peaceful thoughts through a meditation phase. All movements can be done in a chair. No special clothes, equipment or anything needed. Open to all fitness levels and ages. Do as much or as little as suits you. The goal of the class is to feel fabulous and enhance your healing.
Is a mind-body approach that uses gentle physical activity to harmonise the body, mind and spirit. Medical Qi Gong for health and healing consists primarily of physical movements and breathing exercises combined with meditation. The combination of specialised movements with conscious breathing techniques help change neural pathways to assist you in opening up new ways of placing meaning on your inner and outer world
Wise Moves (Feldenkrais)
Regular movement and exercise helps improve your balance, motor and brain function including better cognition. Your blood and oxygen flow increases positively affecting mind and body health. This approach helps you become more aware of how yourstate of mind and body movements together not only shape your muscle tone and strength but also your overall sense of wellbeing.
A safe place is the counselling space
Who is it I can sit with and share what is going on in my mind, in my life, in the lives of those I love or those who just might enter my world for a time and yet somehow rattle the core of me?
I wouldn’t know where to begin and anyway what would they think of me?
Could I really tell a stranger what I think and feel?
Many questions can go through our minds when we feel we want to talk about a problem or issue in our lives. Interestingly, we begin to focus on the fear driving our questions rather than recognising that talking to a stranger, at least a qualified stranger just might be a step in the right direction.
Counselling is talking.
With the development of neuro-science we are better able to understand how the brain works which has given us a scientific framework on which to hang, what has been known for years in the profession, that talking opens up new neural pathways in the brain. Talking therapy works.
The new pathways enable us to step out of the well-worn tracks in our brain and begin to develop different ways of thinking. Imagine a dirt road with deep tyre tracks dug into the surface you can’t help but get your tyres stuck in the grooves. Your old pathways are just like those grooves in the dirt road, you can’t help but get stuck in your old thoughts and feelings.
Talking therapy gives you time to create new ways of viewing your inner and outer world.
Counselling is confidential.
Once in the room with your counsellor, take a deep breath, breath out and relax. You can relax because your time with your counsellor is confidential. Knowing everything you share in the space remains just there. It is safe to share.
Counselling is skilled listening
Where to begin is never a problem. You are simply telling your story to a person who is trained in the art of listening. What a gift. To know you can take as much time as necessary to share your story, to be heard and most all, to be heard without judgement. You and the counsellor work together exploring the meaning you place on your story.
Individual therapies $30
Group therapies $5