Butterfly Touch Complimentary Therapies - Berwick Cancer Cars

Butterfly Touch

All About Us

Welcome to 'Butterfly Touch' - The complimentary therapy service provided by The Berwick & District Cancer Support Group (Berwick Cancer Cars).

Complementary therapies are used with, or as well as, conventional medical treatments but are not cancer treatments in themselves, however they have been proven to be of benefit to people going through conventional treatments of cancer.

Complementary therapies offer support, comfort, and relief. They can be of use in relieving symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment. Scientific evidence is available in supporting Complementary therapies when considering an improvement in the quality of life in patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Butterfly Touch Complimentary Therapies - Berwick Cancer Cars

Advantages of Complementary therapies -

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BDCSG are excited to announce that we are about to expand our service and begin to offer Complementary therapies including Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Oncology Massage.

Complementary therapies can be used alongside conventional medicine treatments prescribed by the doctor. They can offer emotional and physical benefits and have been scientifically proven to reduce the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

We are very fortunate to be working alongside qualified therapists:

Reflexology – Rachael Young
Aromatherapy – Kate Porteous
Oncology Massage – Victoria Betts

Each of our therapists is trained to sensitively look after the needs of people with cancer. They have a wealth of experience and are ready to offer their services.

Anyone in the Berwick District (Berwick, Cornhill, Wooler, Belford and Holy Island), that is currently or within the last 24 months (about 2 years), receiving treatment for cancer, can access this service.

You can basically have 3 FREE sessions of your choosing, all paid for by our charity.  three of the same, one of each, or two of one, one of the other...  the choice is yours.


Aromatherapy allows natural relaxation for well-being through the skin and senses, using essential oils with properties chosen to suit individual needs. An aromatherapy treatment is deeply relaxing. Sessions take place on a reclining chair or massage couch; you are fully clothed as oils are applied to your feet during a gentle massage. Alternatively, oils can be applied to your hands if you prefer. The benefits of aromatherapy include the improvement of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based on compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer. This specialized massage is tolerated well by people with cancer, it helps release ‘endorphins’, the ‘feel good’ chemicals released by the brain than can help reduce pain.

The many benefits of oncology massage include;
• improving scar tissue quality
• decreases symptoms of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
• offers pain relief
• possible shorter stay in hospital
• improvement in sleep
• improvement on digestion
• decreases depression and anxiety


Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to your feet, hands, and ears. It is based on the theory that your hands, feet and ears are connected to certain organs and body systems.

Reflexology aims to bring about a state of relaxation and help the body’s own healing process.

There is evidence that reflexology can help;
• relax and cope with stress and anxiety
• relieve pain
• lift your mood and give a feeling of well being

For more information or to book your place please email our 'Patient Advocate', Janet Punton on patient@berwickcancersupport.co.uk or telephone Berwick 01289 763352

We look forward to hearing from you!