CANCER CAREGIVERS LEARN REFLEXOLOGY BASICS TO BRING RELIEF TO THEIR LOVED ONES
Using methodology developed by Barbara Bowers of the Branch Reflexology Institute, cancer patients have reported that reflexology treatments improve their ability to breathe, to sleep, climb stairs, carry groceries, and help to reduce stress.
Lynn Marie Danforth is chair of the Cancer Committee for the Maine Council of Reflexologists. For several years, she has organized MCR’s participation in the Tri-for-a-Cure fundraising event in South Portland. She is leading the Council’s initiative to train caregivers in ways to use reflexology to bring relief to cancer patients.
In a recent study of the National Institute of Health (NIH)/Michigan State with the Branch Reflexology it was proved that reflexology was clinically beneficial to women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
With the permission of Branch Reflexology, Lynn is training other reflexologists the exact nine point protocol used in the NIH study , so that they can share it with caregivers in their area.
This Spring, Lynn will lead a workshop at a local community center, which will empower caregivers with a tool in which they learn the 9-step protocol to provide a specific touch technique with their loved ones that provides a relaxing and beneficial foot treatment for people being treated for cancer.