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Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

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Testrix
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

Coincidentally I had enquired about volunteering to do aromatherapy massages and Reiki at my local St Barnabas Hospice a few weeks before I was diagnosed.... Reading this thread has made me determined to offer my services via my local BCNs, when I'm out the other side of my treatment..  I'm so pleased to hear all the positive experiences 🙂

 

 

Nimbus
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

Hi Caroline1,
That's very frustrating. I heard similar from a colleague who had breast cancer a few years before me. She still went for the sessions when they eventually came up, and she felt they were like a special treat not just a part of her treatment.
I hope you do get some sessions somewhere. Look after yourself!
Nimbus
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

It was fragonia and lavender. The aim was for deep relaxation.

 

This week it was fragonia with some frankinsence. 

 

All good!

 

Caroline1
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

It shounds like this Complimentary therapy can really help.  I asked for some sessions when my Radiotherapy ended last week and the waiting list is so long, that I cannot have any sessions until next February 2015.  Oh well, someone suggested calling the local Hospice to see if they offer anything.  I feel like I need a complete break to get over the past year.  Take care.x

Maryland
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

I am pleased you found the MacMillan therapies helpful Nimbus....I am a great advocate of them. I had four after chemo/RT in 2012 ( and my daughter came along too as my 'carer'). I found the best for me were aromatherapy massage, mindfulness/meditation and Reiki...didn't get on with the reflexology (it's a foot thing lol). The massage was also brilliant for easing discomfort of veins (had all chemo through cannula).

Testrix......I asked the aromatherapist for some ideas about the best oils/essences to use and she gave me a list (which remarkably I've kept!).....they were lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, camomile, marjoram, jasmine, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang and geranium.

She used lavender and camomile on my arm. I buy scented oils/candles in most of the other fragrances and my home smells perpetually lovely 🙂

All the best to both of you for further treatment and recovery....take care x

Nimbus
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

Hi Testrix

 

Lavender yes. Neroli? I think it might have been. I will ask next week.

 

I hope your scars are healing well. Anything you can do to help yourself is good. Any help and kindness coming from other people also brings a healing effect, I think.

 

J  

 

 

Testrix
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Re: Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

Hi Nimbus

I'm an holistic aromatherapist - who, after 2 operations, is now awaiting chemo to start in about 3 weeks. I'm trying to use my oils and knowledge to help myself (mixing myself some nice scar tissue healing oils for my breast and underarm scars) and would be really interested in knowing what oils your aromatherapist used for your post radio session.. Can you remember? Did it include neroli and lavender?  I'm so pleased that you found an aromatherapy massage so relaxing, and recommend it to others... 

I'm hoping that a positive for me from my own breast cancer experience will be that when I have finished my treatment I will be able to use the knowledge I have gained to help future clients who are going through similar experiences.

 

Nimbus
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Tiredness helped by aromatherapy session and relaxation

Hi,

 

I just wanted to let others know how helpful I found it was to have an aromatherapy massage session a couple of days ago.

 

I have today had my 15th radiotherapy session (now just 3 boosts to go). Hardly any skin effects but I get really tired some days. 

 

The aromatherapy is one of several complemetary therapies offered at the Macmillan centre attached to the hospital. The aromatherapist talked with me and then mixed up some scented oils, which she massaged into my back, arms and then face. I felt so rested and and comfortable afterwards, really much less fatigued and more alert, and also slept better that night.

 

I've also found the relaxation sessions at the centre are a pleasant experience, and give some useful ideas to take away and practice at home.  

 

If you get the chance to experience any complementary therapy like this, do make the most of it! 

J