Complementary Therapy has been shown to be effective in dealing with both physical and emotional/psychological symptoms that impact people affected by cancer.

For example, aromatherapy, reflexology and massage have been shown to: aid relaxation; relieve stress and tension; improve quality of life; aid sleep; improving coping with side effects and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Emmett technique, which involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points, enables gentle releases for common problems including neck, shoulder and back pain.     

Many of our Complementary Therapists are trained to adapt techniques to work safely with children and adults with a cancer diagnosis. The following Complementary Therapies are available at Action Cancer:


is the controlled use of essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. Essential oils are liquid extracts of flowers, herbs, fruit and woody plants.

Therapeutic Gentle Massage Therapy

uses light touch and gentle pressure to ease muscle tension and relax the body. 


is the application of gentle pressure to different points on the feet, lower leg or hands to deeply relax the body. 

Touch Therapy

involves a series of holding techniques gently applied to the fully clothed patient, either seated on a chair or lying on a bed.

Relaxation Therapy

uses techniques including breathing exercises, guided imagery and meditation to quiet the mind and induce relaxation.


uses imagery to create a peaceful scene in the clients mind to aid relaxation e.g. thoughts of walking along a beach or a countryside. 

Bach Flower Remedies

are natural remedies which help to balance emotions and mood such as fear, anxiety, lack of confidence and tiredness to name but a few.  Bach Flower Remedies are also safe for children to take. 

Bowen Therapy

A technique where the practitioner uses thumbs and forefingers on precise points on the body to make rolling type moves which gently stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. These moves prompt the body to make the adjustments which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.

Emmett Therapy

Involves the application of light finger pressure at specific points, referred to as “Emmett points” that enable gentle releases for common problems, which include neck, shoulder and back pain. 

Auricular Acupuncture

Involves the insertion of very fine needles in and around the area of the ear.  It can help reduce anxiety levels, help deal with fatigue and aid sleep. 

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Treatment involves the use of fingertips to tap on the end points of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works to help deal with our emotion state. 
  • Who can use it?

    Anyone (aged 5+) who has been impacted by cancer, those diagnosed or the family/friends of those diagnosed. 

  • Where is it?

    Complementary Therapy is available at Action Cancer House, Belfast and at a range of regional locations including: Bangor, ColeraineCrossgar, Derry/Londonderry, Lurgan, Newry and Newtownards. 

  • How to access it?

    To book please call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or email [email protected]