Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes and variations. Genetics, tobacco, diet, UV exposure, radiations are all possible causes for specific types of cancer. More than one million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Going through cancer and its treatment can be a scary, confusing, lonely and exhausting process. From the moment you feel something is off within your body to the moment that your doctor confirms and diagnoses you with cancer, you become flooded with emotions and uncertainty. Sometimes, the shock of the reaffirmation of your doubts can be the worst. Thus, without a sound and calm self, you may experience anxiety and fear. Life does not need to be so; you can actually live disease free. As you care about your health and those of your loved ones then this specific holistic treatment for cancer and various infections is designed for you.
Hypnosis as a Treatment
Hypnotherapy is a guide that leads you from your conscious state into a state of calm relaxation. The relaxed state allows you to develop a new perspective on your condition. Positive feelings ensue and you are better able to communicate with your body through the subconscious mind. Instead of working through an analytical mode of thought, your mind shifts to a synthetic mode of thinking. This allows greater communication between emotion, sensations and the body. In turn, you have greater control of your body on physical and psychological levels.
Self-hypnosis is also very effective in modulating pain. Sensations of pain are closely associated with depression and anxiety. Hypnosis can help you lessen your pain by removing the negative feelings that accompany it. This process also helps you replace pain sensations with pleasant ones.
Visualization is a powerful tool in self-hypnosis because the subconscious mind does not distinguish between reality and imagination. Self-hypnosis helps you focus on positive emotions and sensations, making them real in the mind. Your body, then, responds in kind.
Breast cancer patients need fewer anesthetics during operations and reported less pain, nausea, fatigue and emotional distress after the operation, if they have been relaxed by hypnosis beforehand, US research suggests. Patients in the study of 200 women by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine also reported less pain afterwards.
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute paper is just the latest to conclude hypnosis can help with operations. The researchers said this was not just better for the patients, but it added up to cash savings for the hospital, as operations took less time on the hypnotized patients, and less was spent on medication and re-admission of patients plus less pain and nausea.
You are able to get the help that you need by dealing with your discomfort directly with the symptoms. This approach supports you as you lessen feelings of fatigue and insomnia.
I would highly recommend listening to my Healing Cocoon audio recording specifically for dealing with the daily stresses and coping with cancer in the privacy of your home.
The relaxed state also guides you to manage the side effects of treatment better. This is the ideal complementary help with cancer that benefits your mind and body.
In the United States, Breast Cancer is second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of death among women. In Europe, it is the most common cancer affecting women, followed by bowel cancer. Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 40-55.
Avoiding cancer risk factors may help prevent certain cancers. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, and not getting enough exercise. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Evaluating the breasts can also help catch early stages of breast cancer
*Women are recommended to have annual mammograms after the age of 40.
Lymph Node Evaluation
When it has been determined that a woman has invasive breast cancer, a major prognosticator will be whether the cancer has moved beyond the breast into the lymph nodes, bean-sized collection of immune cells located in the chest area and under the arm. Before breast cancer spreads to other organs, it usually travels first to the lymph nodes in the armpit. Lymph node evaluation also helps determine overall prognosis and guide treatment after surgery. Check our medical “Lymphatic” massages to help with relief and reduction of inflammation and scar tissue.
For healing within and overall wellness in mind and body, make the following a part of your life:
- Accept the changes that you will face each day.
- Listen to your Inner voice. Be smart and vigilant about your own health.
- Live as normally as you can.
- Choose support groups wisely. Not all groups are suitable for everyone.
- Steer clear of doom and gloom. Live!
- Feel comfortable with your medical and healthcare team. You must explicitly trust your doctors.
- Find a peaceful place to think and heal.
- Choose healthier habits, like diet, rest and laughter.
- Look for humor and love! This is within you!
The lymphatic system has no central pump and depends on muscle contraction through deep breathing, exercise and manual manipulation to move fluid.
Lymphatic massage utilizes a very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. Immune system function can be significantly increased, improving metabolism and helping the body to eliminate waste and toxins.
A strong immune system makes you feel balanced, happy and whole.
As with most massage, it is vital to drink lots of water after a lymphatic massage to flush away toxins that have been released.
• When applied after neuromuscular massage, lymphatic massage helps to clear the tissue of debris and reduce the minor edema that can occur after deep tissue massage.
• It is thought that lymphatic massage can also help with breast cancer treatment & the scarring process by enhancing circulation and immunity.
• Increased lymph flow around the scar stimulates damaged lymph vessels to heal.
• Increased lymph flow draws away toxins improving the health of the tissues.
Comfort-oriented massage can safely be given to people at any stage of their cancer. We need to get away from the idea that massage is only about working on tight muscles, detoxifying or assisting with recovery from injury. There will always be some form of massage (with the right modifications) that can be given to a cancer patient. Ideally, patients should receive massage during chemotherapy sessions or before or after radiation therapy.
Indeed, rather than being harmful, cancer massage offers many benefits for the patient. Massage can help diminish the side effects of conventional cancer treatments and improve quality of life. Scientific research shows that massage can reduce fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea.
Make sure to tell your therapist about your cancer treatments. This helps us determine the type of massage that’s right for you, as well as any areas to avoid.
We escort you to our serene and private room where music is playing and scented candles are lit to nurture your senses. You are then asked to remove some or all of your clothing and to cover yourself with a sheet.
Since we specialize in treating breast cancer patients, we will need to uncover your chest area in order to work around the breast tissues and surrounding areas. We then cover you with the cover sheet and continue massaging the rest of your body.
We may use towels or pillows to support different areas of your body.
Your massage therapist may use oils or lotions on your skin. If you are allergic to any common ingredients of body oils or lotions, let us know.
Don’t hesitate to let your massage therapist know if the level of pressure is too hard. If you feel any discomfort, ask her to use lighter strokes.
A typical medical massage lasts about 70 minutes.
After a massage, the massage therapist will step out of the room and allow you to relax alone for a few minutes and then get dressed.
This is the most crucial time for patients to give more loving attention to his/her body. Unfortunately, this is the exact time when most shy away from being touched. As a hypnotherapist, I have found that allowing yourself time to let go and have your body pampered is absolutely beneficial to your mind-body connection.
Pain and depression are common among patients with advanced cancer. There is only so much that drug therapies can help, but they often have side effects that can make the patient uncomfortable or even more ill.
What Client’s Say
I went to the Doctor today and my tumor marker was slightly lower than it was 3 months ago. If the cancer had indeed returned it would have been much higher (3-4 times higher based on previous occurrences). Thank you so much. I believe the work we did and I continue to do is what is keeping the cancer from returning. I’m so happy right now.
I would like to thank you for the excellent presentation you gave on “Healing & Relaxation” to the Breast Cancer Support Group meeting. The women who attended were very pleased to learn how to relax and control their anxiety through and during the process of diagnosis and healing.
Hypnotherapy is helping me understand the meaning of my illness, of why I have breast cancer, and through this knowledge and understanding, I am better able to help my body heal itself, while my doctors apply their expertise in taking care of the cancer itself. To me, hypnotherapy is a process of discovery, a journey to the subconscious, and through the careful guidance of Liza, I experienced surprising and delightful encounters with my inner child. I can now go back to those moments whenever I feel the need to nurture and take care of myself. Hypnotherapy has made it easier for me to get into a relaxed state, and Liza, through her sensitivity and caring nature, has helped me achieve peace of mind.