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Health and wellbeing therapies

The London Clinic’s experienced team of health and well-being therapists provide a full range of holistic services to help you relax and improve your quality of life. The complementary therapy service is well-established at The London Clinic and now we are expanding to deliver specialist oncology skin and nail care therapies within our newly formed health and well-being therapies team.

 

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Oncology skin and nail care therapies

Cancer treatments can cause a variety of changes to the skin and scalp, including dryness, dehydration, redness as well as chemo-induced nail conditions. Having regular skin and nail care therapies from the start of your treatment can help prevent or reduce some of these changes and improve both your physical and emotional well-being. Our therapists offer a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and concerns.

Benefits

  • Increased circulation
  • Improvement of dry and dehydrated skin
  • Calming and soothing red, irritated skin
  • Supporting nail health for both hands and feet
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Improving self-esteem and body confidence
  • Treatments available
  • Holistic Facial
  • 60 mins, £90
Acupressure points have been used for centuries and have many scientifically proven benefits, including supporting nausea, hot flushes and anxiety. This holistic skincare therapy is also recommended for people undergoing oncological and haematological treatment.
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Quartz Crystal facial

75 mins, £120 This ultra-cocooning facial revitalises your skin and well-being. We use facial crystals that are chosen by you to make it a truly personalised and relaxing treatment.

This treatment uses gentle acupressure which can help reduce dry or runny eyes, as well as easing dry or delicate skin. This treatment is recommended if you are experiencing reactive skin from chemotherapy, or other cancer treatments, as it can help to restore the skin's natural protective barrier which helps to reduce inflammation and reduces the risk of infection.

Hand, feet and nail therapies

Hand and feet therapy 90 mins, £110

Hands 45 mins, £60

Feet 60 mins, £70

Sore hands and fragile nails can be a surprise side effect of chemotherapy treatments. Our hand and nail therapies help to reduce nail loss and infections and cover any discolouration caused by chemotherapy. These nail therapies will strengthen the nails, reduce brittleness and hydrate and comfort dry skin and cuticles (aromatherapy may be used to help with neuropathy symptoms). Toxin free zoya nail polish is used and during active treatment there is no cutting of cuticles or nails. Glass nail files used only. We do not remove artificial nails.

Top to toe 90 mins, £150

This is recommended for those going through active treatment. This 90 minute therapy treats your skin, hands and feet. Many cancer treatments are cumulative and side effects can appear and change quickly. This therapy helps ease these effects, whilst rediscovering the power of a non-clinical touch. therapies

Complementary therapies offer a holistic approach to the health and well-being of our patients alongside clinical treatments. The treatments may help alleviate some of your symptoms and support in managing the side effects related to your treatment. Our therapists are professionally and clinically trained to work in harmony with your medical team to tailor the treatment to meet your individual needs.

We offer up to 4 free-of-charge treatments to our oncology patients, both for in-patients as well as those undergoing out-patient treatment. Appointments are also available from £25 per 15 minutes session.

Benefits:

  • Improved sleep
  • Ease aches, pains including headaches
  • Increase energy levels
  • Relieve dry skin and itching
  • Ease side effects such as nausea, constipation and fatigue
  • Support the immune system
  • Increase circulation
  • Feel relaxed
  • Ease anxiety or feelings of panic
  • Improved quality of life

Aromatherapy 15 mins-1hr

Aromatherapy is a method of using plants, fruits, woods, seeds, roots, leaves and flowers to create essential oils that improve health and well-being. Essential oils will be specifically chosen and blended with a carrier oil, wax or cream.

The oils have therapeutic properties of their own and can help side effects that may be troubling you. If you are interested in having essential oils added to your treatment, please speak with your therapist. A 24-hour patch test will need to be carried out before adding them to your treatment. This is to monitor for an allergic reaction to the essential oils.

Massage 15 mins-1hr

Gentle back massage can also be carried out through clothing, in which case no cream or oil is used. Outpatients have the opportunity to experience a full body massage if they wish and if it is deemed appropriate. Patients admitted to the ward will generally be offered a leg, foot, hand or arm massage or reflexology treatment. It is not always possible, or appropriate, to carry out back massage when patients are in bed on the ward. Please note that we do not carry out deep tissue massage.

Indian Head Massage 15 mins-1hr

This is a gentle massage focusing on the head and where appropriate, neck, shoulders and arms. The treatment is carried out through clothing so there is no need to undress and no oils or creams are used.

Reiki 15 mins-1hr

Reiki is energy. It is the pure, universal life force that flows through every living being. The treatment focuses on the transfer of natural healing energy via the therapist to the recipient, setting the intention to bring you to a state of balance and well-being on all levels. The treatment is non-invasive as it is carried out with you fully dressed. Reiki can help to promote self-healing by relaxing the body, releasing tension and strengthening the body’s own immune system.

Reflexology 15 mins-1hr

Reflexology is the technique of applying pressure to stimulate points on the feet and hands that correspond to all parts of the body. The principal of reflexology is that the feet and hands represent the whole body in miniature. Zone therapy is the foundation of modern reflexology. The therapist applies pressure or massage to specific areas of the feet or hands, stimulating the circulation and nerve impulses to promote well-being to the specified zones of the body. Loose fitting clothing is recommended for this treatment.

Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

FAQ's

At the first session the therapist may ask questions about how you are feeling, what clinical treatment you are undergoing, what medication you are taking and any side effects or symptoms you may be experiencing. These questions form a necessary part of helping the therapist make an informed decision as to the most appropriate therapy to offer you.

You may need to remove items of clothing in order to receive certain treatments. During the session you may sit up or lie down, whichever is most comfortable for you. If you have any questions relating to any well-being therapies, please ask your therapist who will be happy to answer them.

On the wards, treatment times vary from fifteen minutes to a maximum of one hour. This will be dependent on the therapy used and the physical condition of the patient.

We also have a dedicated therapy room where we offer booked appointments of up to one hour for patients attending the clinic for chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other outpatient consultations. After the session

Patients are advised to have a drink of water after a complementary therapy session. You may feel very sleepy and want to rest for a while - this is normal. On other occasions, you may feel more alert and energetic after treatment.

If you would like more information about our health and well-being therapy services or wish to book, please call 0207 935 4444 extension 8097. An informal chat can be arranged to help you decide on the most appropriate therapy for you. Occasionally it may not be appropriate for a patient to receive complementary therapy. The therapist will advise you if this is the case and you may be able to receive therapy at a later date.

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