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Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care

Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care

The HEARTS Process

Ann Carter

Quick Overview

By recognising the components of the therapeutic work that makes the HEARTS (Hands-on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Textures and Sounds) technique effective, this book promotes peace, calm and tranquillity in palliative care settings and bridges the gaps in the choices that can be offered to patients.
2019, Paperback / softback, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-352-9

Availability: In stock



Massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and a variety of relaxation techniques are frequently used in hospices, supportive care settings and some hospitals. However, there are still gaps and limitations in the choices offered to patients. HEARTS (Hands-on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Textures, Sound) was devised to bridge this gap for complementary therapists, patients, carers and health care professionals. HEARTS can be used either on its own, or integrated with a conventional complementary therapy. It can also be used easily by health care workers (and carers) who are not qualified in any therapies.

By discussing principles which may influence the effectiveness of touch and relaxation therapies, the book emphasises that there are 'easy' approaches that can be utilised when working with distressed and vulnerable patients.

By developing an understanding of touch, aromas and the sound of the human voice, Combining Touch and Relaxation Skills for Cancer Care guides practitioners in helping their patients achieve a state of relaxation and calm as quickly and easily as possible.


'With this book, Ann has created a wonderful fusion of knowledge and narrative. She offers the reader a clear rationale as to why she incorporated each aspect of HEARTS into her practice. She leads us on a journey, showing the evolution of this precious technique, illustrating with case studies at every stage. Fantastic!'
- Jacqui Stringer, Clinical Lead for Tissue Viability and Complementary Health & Wellbeing, Christie NHS Trust

'In this book, Ann Carter masterly explains and illustrates the entire HEARTS process for professional users from a theoretical to a practical point of view. As HEARTS undoubtedly is a multisensorial technique much needed in these challenging times for the supportive care within the healthcare system, this is a must-read informative book for nurses and therapists working in cancer settings and palliative care. Excellent!'
- Jonathan Benavides, Clinical aromatherapist, director Essentia Nobilis, HEARTS teacher, educator, counsellor

'This is a helpful book for anyone who is dealing with cancer patients or the chronically ill who would like to give them some gentle touch therapy to alleviate pain and to nurture the emotions and spirits of the receiver. In fact it would be very pleasant for anyone to receive or to give. I hope HEARTS will contribute to more merit being given to touch therapy in general.'
- Rachel Nicolle FwSS


By (author): Ann Carter