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Bondgirl
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Hi SML1903, I go next Thursday to Sherwood Forest Centre Parcs for a twilight package my daughters bought me. I finished chemo Aug 14 and rads end Nov 14 I rang Head Office they said I needed a doctors letter and out me through to the Manager of the Spa she said that as long as it is 6 months post last treatment they are happy to do any treatments but would avoid my at risk arm as had a full nodal clearance. But truthfully feel a little unsure whether to or not have a massage, think I am not that desperate for one and that just the relaxation environment should be enough - will post next week to say how I got on and will grill, the Manager a bit more. Think we are all a bit cautious 'just in case' something happens.
Kess
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

the Centre Parcs brochure only says no treatments if you are currently having chemo or radiotherapist for cancer, so it might be worth a call to check.
SML1903
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Hi.

I am off to Center Parcs in 2 weeks time and was looking at their treatments. They too say no spa treatments following cancer diagnosis but at least they tell you on the web site. I can't remember if it was for 2 or 3 years so I have justed booked in for a manicure and pedicure. Not sure what they will be able to do with my nails though as they are in quite a state following the chemo and on going effects of Anastrozole, lol.

Nimbus
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

My husband and I went for a very enjoyable session at the Thermae Spa in Bath. This is the new building in the centre of Bath with pools fed from the natural mineral hot springs of Bath. It was very pleasant and relaxing to float about in the Minerva pool and then the rooftop pool as the sun set. I went into the scented steam rooms but only briefly - this would not suit everybody on these forums. We took the Twighlight Package. £45 for 1 person or £85 for two peope for 3 hours. Included were also a one-course meal and glass of wine or other drink, loan of towel, robe and slippers. The restaurant food was light and appetising and the service was good. It was a little bit cold sitting there in the wet robe, so maybe worth drying off and putting on an extra layer before you get in there.

 

OK, we didn't book for any massages or treatments but they do quite a variety, so if you were considering it you could ask if it would be suitable before booking. For treatments they do ask people with health conditions to declare them, and may require a doctor's letter. But just to go in the pools and restaurant, they did not ask for any declaration. 

 

We stayed in a small guest house, and enjoyed walks around the parks and streets, and had some nice meals out and visited a few museums. Only thing I would say is that Bath prices are rather expensive for pretty much everything, pretty much everything is high quality. But the Thermae itself was a lovely experience, which I would call good value for money.

 

For the record, I had had a WLE and SLNB last year followed by radiotherapy, no chemo, no significant side effects. Next day after the spa session I felt tired, relaxed and also energised. Ate a good breakfast then walked about for most of the day! Husband enjoyed the evening too.

Bondgirl
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Hi Everyone, thought I would share this info with you. I finished chemo in Aug 14, rads finished end Nov 14 and my daughters bought me a spa evening at Centre Parks in Sherwood Forest. Their policy on the website under Health and Safety States a 2 year restriction on treatments so I rang to ask if we could have a refund and luckily was put through to the Manager of the actual Spa and she said that they will do any treatments after 6 months from last treatment and would avoid the at risk arm (I had lymph nodes removed) should I want a massage. So I go 13 April 😄
FizzB
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Not a spa treatment as such but I've found Neal's Yard absolutely brilliant. I really felt as though I needed some TLC after my mx & wanted to book an aromatherapy massage. She was happy to do that (avoiding scarring) but also recommended their manual lymphatic drainage massage therapist. I've had two sessions now & have found it not only incredibly relaxing but also beneficial to scarring & post-surgery swelling etc.
SamanthaL
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Ah, thanks v much for pointing this out. Very disappointed, but no energy to fight against it. Will save my money! I'll go locally to get facials etc.
Lucy_BCC
Member

Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Hi all
You may find some of the information in this booklet helpful regarding complementary therapies, it also contains details of registered practitioners :

http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/health-wellbeing/complementary-therapies-bcc55

Best wishes
Lucy BCC

Sunflower57
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

I went to a spa with a friend 4 days prior to my WLE & SN removal op & was advised their policy was they do not give massages until people were 3 years finished with cancer treatments. I was allowed to have a facial & foot softening treatment. The day was suppose to have been a normal nice day before treatment began.
catchpole
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

It seems totally over the top to me, cant have a facial, i give myself one every week.! Having cancer is bad enough without this kind of discrimination. I was just thinking other day id love to have a spa day once my rads over, Now seems impossible.,  Wonder if the Breast cancer care site could come up with a list of spas etc, that do allow people to have it. The compensation  culture  has a lot to answer for.As if many having to lose their hair etc, isnt bad enough to make people  feel unfeminine  this just seems ridiculous. and the last thing people need, june

Magical_Moon
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Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Hi Forties,
I had the same experience when I enquired about treatments at a top end Spa hotel. It was twelve months after I had finished radiotherapy. Their health policy was to give no treatments to 'post cancer' clients until 3 years after a cancer diagnosis (except for manicures/pedicures).
Even though it seemed overly cautious at the time and I was disappointed, I could understand why they imposed the restrictions. It was simply to protect themselves against any potential claims of negligence should the 'unthinkable' recur.
Unfortunately, we now live in a society which promotes, 'where there is blame, there is a claim!', and companies will do anything to guard themselves against this even if it sometimes seems extreme.
Seabreeze
Member

Re: Post treatment spa treatments

Goodness - bit extreme, not even a facial for 5 years! Can understand avoiding saunas and any chemicals in water etc for awhile but that's crazy....
Thanks for flagging
Seabreeze
Forties
Member

Post treatment spa treatments

Hello

I completed all my bc treatments in December and am now feeling much better, though still with fatigue, hot flushes and an uncomfortable shoulder from surgery but definitley stacks better than before Xmas.  I've just returned from a disappointing spa day because the major hotel chain have a health policy (not advertised on their website) which says no treatments apart from a nail shape and polish for 5 years after a cancer diagnosis!  I feel this is rather extreme as I would have been happy to sign a disclaimer for a facial - its not like I wanted an arm massage or anything!  So this is just a warning to anyone who feels they deserve a pampering day that you need to check out the health restriction policy before booking.