Those are two words that are rarely spoken by or about a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver, yet indulgent behavior is merely a balance to what they give out on a daily basis and full on necessary in my books. Though you have to be careful about exposure to germs when you’re a patient, massage therapy rooms are much safer than a gym or a steam room. Massage is a gift that is definitely needed by any of the three. A nurse, a doctor, a patient a survivor or the sister that’s been looking out for hers since the day she was diagnosed. These people deserve to be spoiled and they are so busy just trying to get through it all that they don’t even think to do this for themselves, so how more thoughtful could a gift be?
If an hour of massage is a bit more than you can afford then check out the local foot massage places. Some are as little as $25 and trust me, very relaxing.
If money isn’t an issue, but they’re not big on massage therapy then there are dozens of great electric neck and foot massage devices out there that will do a great job of working out the kinks and improve circulation.
If you are on an even tighter budget then think about the smaller endulgences like citrus scented lotions or microwavable neck pillows.
I have lemon, grapefruit and blueberry that I still use to this day. I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, but the one that has the most authentic scent (not perfumery) is The Body Shop. For about 20 bucks you can get a brilliant body scrub or body butter or a very cool hydrating face mist like the Vitamin E or Vitamin C mists. Chemo is very dehydrating, so oil based scrubs, lotions and mists are brilliant.
During chemo (which lasted 3 days in a row for me of continuous pumping of the chemicals into my body), I would take a dab of the blueberry body butter and put it on my upper lip. It was an excellent (if short lived) reprieve from the chemical smell. They have several options like grapefruit, lemon, satsuma, ginger, mango and vineyard peach. They also some killer 50% off deals for the holidays, so well worth checking out: www.thebodyshop.com. I know, because I went to the site to borrow a couple images and ended up shopping for a while there. I just got Satsuma body mist, Sweet lemon whip body lotion, Sweet lemon body oil, Vitamin E face mist, Vitamin C energizing face mist, lemon refining body scrub and Pink grapefruit lip butter for exactly $50 and free shipping, yup~
Outside the Body Shop there was another product that I loved, John Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Moisture mist. You can get it on Amazon, but they also carry it at a lot of drug stores like Rite-Aid. Awapuhi has a very light, refreshing scent and is a natural plant from Hawaii. It’s meant to hydrate skin and hair and does a great job of it. I’ve been using it for decades now. It’s great for those hard to reach spots like the middle of your back. For under $20