Robin's Song Acupressure & Herbal Therapy

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PHOTO CREDIT: plant pics copyright 2014 Jen Landry. Asian Bodywork Therapy pic copyright 2014 FAY SCHALLER, photographer extraordinaire

Complementary Care & Support For People With Cancer

Immune Support is Essential:

Building immunity is critical for cancer patients and their healing process. There is a wealth of information and studies available which support the use of medicinal mushrooms to support the body's immune response. Medicinal mushrooms like reishi or maitake have been shown to increase white blood cells and improve the body's ability to deal with stress. There are also many herbs that can re-build immunity and vitality. Aromatherapy may also be useful as some oils anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties can clean the surrounding air. Essential oils are being used in hospitals (particularly in Europe) for this purpose.

Cancer Patients Have More Specific Bodywork Needs

Cancer patients often have specific needs — areas of the body that have increased tenderness, stiffness, or pain. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or lymph node removal affect the amount of pressure and styles of movement that can be safely applied to affected areas of the body. Jen has had training specific to working with site restrictions in a safe manner. Asian Bodywork Therapy offers people with chronic illness more diverse bodywork options, such as Acupressure and Shiatsu.

Asian Bodywork Therapy

Asian Bodywork Therapy includes acupressure and traditional bodywork therapy techniques whose focus goes beyond relaxation to address the health of the organs.

Acupressure is a wonderful adjunct therapy for cancer patients as it strengthens the internal organs and protects the body’s vital life force. Research has demonstrated that most acu-points are associated with immune stimulation, of various types, in the body.

Jen uses conscious movements and deep listening to promote harmony and help each client reclaim immunity. According to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center research has demonstrated that, “Gentle, conscious massage is not only safe but has demonstrated many beneficial effects.”

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Increased Quality of Life

  Acupressure can provide the following
health benefits for those with cancer:

  • Decreased nausea
  • Decreased pain
  • Moderation of some side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and pharmaceuticals
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved sleep
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Increased immune function
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased stamina

A Comprehensive Approach

“ Integrative Oncology Care” is the emerging link between medical doctors and alternative health practitioners working to support people with cancer. An Integrative Oncology Care program uses conventional treatments, such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy for primary care. Patients augment this by using acupressure, counseling, or massage to address the healing of their whole being.

“Complementary therapies are those that people use along with conventional medicine. Many of the therapies have been shown to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life by lessening the side effects of conventional treatments or providing psychological and physical benefits.”

—The American Cancer Society

Articles on Acupressure and Oncology Care:

Acupressure Relieves Nausea in Chemotherapy Patients

Hands of Medicine: Oncology Patients Find Relief in Bodywork

Jen studied Acu-Oncology Massage with Isabel Adkins at the Acupressure Institute. Isabel is a fabulous inspiration, her website is: Oncology Matters

Jen Landry, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)
Robin’s Song Acupressure & Herbal Therapy
PO Box 151
Gustavus Alaska 99826

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