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Τρίτη, 23 Ιουνίου 2015

Healing Time: Spa Retreats for People with Cancer

The fear is that massage can push cancer cells round the body: it’s a nonsense, and in fact my radiotherapy for breast cancer came with a course of massages from a specially-trained Macmillan therapy team.

Several spas around Britain have taken up Wright’s gauntlet, so off I headed to one of them, Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey. Its “recovery retreat” began well –before I even arrived, I received a phone call from one of the therapists who – hurrah! – knew perfectly well that massage isn’t dangerous for someone in my position, and booked me in straightaway for a therapeutic massage with aromatherapy oils (exactly the same treatment I enjoyed at the Macmillan centre). I also opted for a reflexology session, which again I’d found relaxing as part of my oncology treatment package.

Given the recent research that found that 50% of the population is likely to go through cancer at some point in their lives, it surely makes sense for the sector of the holiday market most connected with health to get to grips with what we need, and to welcome us – and our custom – with support and understanding, rather than with fear and misinformation.