At CHARIS we offer complementary therapies to work alongside conventional medical treatments. These therapies may enhance your sense of well-being and improve your quality of life. For some clients, complementary therapies help ease the anxiety and pain of medical treatment.
Massage techniques are focused on gentle, movements over the skin and muscles to allow the body tissues to release strain and tension to achieve relaxation.
Using oils extracted from bushes, flowers, plants and herbs, aromatherapy massage makes use of touch and smell to help relieve anxiety and some types of pain.
It is believed that for each of the body’s organs and glands, there is a corresponding reflex area on the foot and the hand.
When you or someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer it is normal to experience a range of emotions. This is entirely understandable.
Many people would like to know more about eating well after cancer treatments. Our Dietitian can discuss any treatment related nutrition query you may have.
Relaxation techniques taught by our experienced therapists include relaxing groups of muscles, breathing exercises and the imagining of relaxing scenes.
Yoga can be a natural way to help you relax and cope with stress, lift your mood and enhance your well-being.
Financial and Benefits Advice
Financial concerns can add worry for someone who has received a cancer diagnosis.
Our staff will offer our clients every form of support that is possible.
CHARIS Integrated Cancer Care works in conjunction with clinical treatments for cancer and our comfortable treatment rooms are purpose-designed for the delivery of complementary therapies by trained practitioners free of charge.
A Beautiful Natural Setting
We are located at Lough Fea in the foothills of the Sperrins. The scenery and surroundings offers all our clients a calm and serene environment to reflect, relax and immerse themselves in our therapies and our support.
Having been diagnosed with cancer in early July and then a second cancer in early September I was really struggling. Thankfully someone pointed me in the direction of Charis and I can honestly say they may well have saved my life.
Charis is one of the very few places where I can relax and “lay my burdens down”. It is as if all anxiety, worry and fear are left outside and the creative spirit in Charis is able to re-create a new person. A person who can live unfettered and free, setting cancer aside for a while.
I would encourage people with a diagnosis of cancer to avail of the services provided by Charis. The individual is the one afforded 100% attention which keeps the spirit as much as the physical well-being and promotes a positive attitude.
After each Charis appointment, I looked forward to my next one…it was good for me, body and soul! It was easier to sometimes talk to someone who was removed from my personal situation and just let go of all my anxieties.
Charis Centre Director, Imelda McGucken, has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing and palliative care in Northern Ireland,...Read more