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Rady Children's Specialists

Massage, Healing Touch, Reflexology


Evidence shows that massage can benefit patients and caregivers both physically and emotionally. It may help with side effects of treatment and improve quality of life after treatment. Other benefits of massage include stress reduction, relaxation, decreased symptoms of depression, enhanced immune function and better circulation.

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an energy-based therapy used to restore and balance the human energy system. This work compliments other healthcare modalities and often brings about a decrease in pain, a decrease in treatment side effects, relief of anxiety and acceleration of the body’s healing process. The therapy was originally developed for nurses. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch a video.


Reflexology is the ancient practice of applying pressure to specific parts of the feet. Reflexology is deeply relaxing, increases circulation and enhances well-being. Stimulation of natural healing powers of the entire body occurs when the feet and hands are massaged.

For more information about massage, healing touch, and reflexology, please contact Lisa Thompson, R.N., at