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Judith & Melissa’s story

A patient and her Therapist discover the key to relaxation

“When you are being treated for myeloma, as with any life threatening illness, you feel as if you are caught up in a system of appointments and treatment and because of this, you don’t feel in control,” says Judith Postings who suffers from myeloma and pain as part of her treatment.  When Judith had her first reflexology session with Complementary Therapist Melissa Tyers she felt revived and back in control. “Reflexology gives you back control, it relaxes you, feeds your soul and it definitely helped with the pain. It feels like going to a salon to be pampered because you come out feeling refreshed and revived and it gives you the inner peace to carry on with your treatment.”

Melissa’s work place is one of the most relaxing you’ll ever encounter.  With a comfy couch, natural wooden panelling, soft lighting and aromatherapy scents filling the air, Melissa works with patients with myeloma, lymphoma and other types of blood cancers by providing therapeutic massage and reflexology.   

The hand and foot reflexology Melissa offers patients helps alleviate the distressing side-effects of chemotherapy. She also offers back, neck and shoulder massage as well as Indian Head massage. Now, thanks to support from Nottingham Hospitals Charity Melissa is able to offer her services to patients full-time: “Massage and reflexology can have significant benefits for cancer patients when offered alongside clinical treatments. As well as helping people relax and deal with the effects of treatments like chemotherapy, there is new evidence that massage can reduce pain associated with cancer.

Melissa is one of a team of complementary therapists based at the Hayward House specialist palliative care unit at Nottingham City Hospital and in addition to part-funding Melissa’s post the Charity provides substantial funding for four other therapists.