WELLNESS CENTRE

In order to comply with the government guidelines related to the health crisis and to protect both you and our staff, currently, only beauty treatments and massage therapy will resume.

Supporting our patients with the aim of improving their quality of life is the overriding goal of the Institut Roi Albert II Wellness Centre.

The Wellness Centre is a cosy space with warm colours and soft lighting where patients can relax and get the most from their treatment.

Patients are offered various different services, such as advice and treatments with a beautician or massage therapist, or they can take part in various “wellness” activities thanks to the support of the Saint-Luc Foundation and Cancer Foundation

 

 

FCCFondation Saint-Luc

 

Beauty advice and treatments

Cancer and its treatment can harm our bodies. The beauticians offer patients advice and treatments to minimise the adverse effects of treatment, while at the same time providing physical wellness directly through their intervention, such as facials, manicures, pedicures and make-up advice. The products used are hypo-allergenic and come from major brands sold in pharmacies and offered to the Saint-Luc university clinics. The treatments are performed in the patient’s room during their hospital stay or in the Wellness Centre. Depending on the treatment, the patient may lose their hair and eyebrows. This does not always happen but varies from one treatment to another and one patient to another. Before going through this difficult stage, the beautician prepares the patient by giving them advice to help them better cope with this loss. If the patient so wishes, the beautician can prepare the scalp when they start to lose their hair and help them chose a wig (reimbursement of €180 by the mutual insurance company for the wig).

Practical information

Once you have subscribed and received your first treatment, an invoice of 25 euros will be sent to you. It will cover 5 treatments. Subsequent treatments will depend on your care programme.

If you are unable to attend, we kindly ask you to cancel your treatment 24 hours in advance by email or telephone. Waiting times for appointments are sometimes very long and this allows us to offer your appointment to another patient. If you fail to cancel, you will have to pay for your missed treatment.

You can have a beauty treatment or massage every 3 weeks according to availability.  We only make one appointment per treatment type at a time.

Beauty treatments in your hospital room are not always possible as they depend on the availability of the beauticians. Appointments at the Centre will always be provided.

You can receive this support for one year.

Click here to access the Wellness Centre beauty treatment Charter.

Contact

To make an appointment, please contact our Wellness Centre by email or telephone from 09:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00.

Massage therapy

A massage therapist can help relieve tension in a patient’s body through a relaxing massage. Massage is a way to relax, providing fulfilment and harmony. The benefit derived is intense and is transmitted through the skin to the whole body. It creates a feeling of relaxation, reduces stress, suppresses fear and soothes pain. Massage promotes the production of endorphins, or happiness hormones, which help elevate our mood. Through its stimulating or relaxing effect, massage helps the body regain its balance.

Practical information

Once you have registered and received your second treatment an invoice of 25 euros will be sent to you. It will cover 5 treatments. Subsequent treatments will depend on your care programme.

If you are unable to attend, we kindly ask you to cancel your treatment 24 hours in advance by email or telephone. Waiting times for appointments are sometimes very long and this allows us to offer your appointment to another patient. If you fail to cancel, you will have to pay for your missed treatment.

You can receive a massage every 3 weeks, on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays according to availability.  We only make one appointment per treatment type at a time.

You can receive this support for one year.

Click here to access the Massage therapy charter of the wellness center.

Contact

To make an appointment, please contact our Wellness Centre by email or telephone from 09:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00.

Hand and foot self-massage

The self-massage workshop helps you acquire techniques for massaging your hands and feet.

Self-massage allows you to devote time to yourself, reduce certain side effects of treatment including peripheral neuropathies, relax your muscles, loosen your joints, improve your circulation, reduce swelling and provide you with a great sense of relaxation.

After three sessions, you will have acquired the tools you need to perform these movements and apply pressure to improve your well-being.

Arts therapy

Arts therapy is a form of therapy that uses drawing, painting, collage and clay modelling to help people navigating difficult personal situations express themselves in a creative and safe way.

Sometimes, following a traumatic event, using words to express what your thinking and feeling can be too painful. That is where artistic meditation can help you: with the support of an art therapist, patients are able to tap into their creative side and express what they are going through and feeling through their artwork. This helps them to distance themselves from their problems, function better, improve their mood, as well as gain confidence in themselves and life.

Art therapy is not new. For centuries, human beings have used art to communicate their thoughts, feelings and emotions, and to reflect on their personal and collective processes.

No workshops are running at the moment

No workshops at this time

Nordic walking

The physiotherapists from the Oncology Department at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc offer an introductory course and fresh-air walks as part of your cancer care.

This activity works more muscles than standard walking, stimulates coordination, promotes lymphatic drainage and will help you fight off illness.

After completing your 6-session introduction to Nordic walking, you can participate free of charge, with the support of the Cancer Foundation, in outings supervised by 2 physiotherapists from the Department of Oncology that take place on Mondays from 09:00 to 10:30 to benefit fully from an outdoor activity.

Mindfulness

When faced with stress, illness or pain, we can find a way to address these difficulties more calmly through mindfulness.

By exploring our emotional and physical feelings, we become aware of our inner resources and can gradually activate them to find even greater freedom.

By learning to defuse our “automatic” reactions and “mental ruminations” we can control our stress.

The aim is therefore to bring our attention back to the present moment so that we feel more alive, have a better relationship with our body and emotional state and ease our suffering.

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Mindful spaces are offered where you can practice the knowledge acquired during your mindfulness learning cycle

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Dietary culinary workshops

Dieticians offer patients receiving treatment for cancer at the Institut Roi Albert II, various culinary workshops aimed at improving their eating habits.

The workshop devoted to sugar helps patients understand and identify good and bad sugars, and through the workshop devoted to lunch, the midday meal will become a health and balanced pleasure, and, lastly by attending the workshop on fibre and hydration, dietary fibre will no longer be a mystery!

No workshops at the moment

Shiatsu

A Shiatsu session can help reduce stress and anxiety by giving patients a feeling of calm and well-being. Shiatsu is an additional tool helping patients to better manage their battle against the disease by improving their quality of life throughout the course of their treatment.

With this in mind, the Institut Roi Albert II has established a collaboration with two Shiatsu schools: "Yoseido Shiatsu Academy" and "IDO School".Together, we offer patients of the Institut RoiAlbert II Shiatsu sessions at low cost given by final year students from the schools as part of their training under the supervision of the school manager.

Self-hypnosis

Hypnosis is a natural process that all of us have. This process, that we are all aware of, simply means that, while deeply and comfortably relaxing, we are in an altered state of consciousness.

This natural process can be enhanced by practising self-hypnosis techniques.

Enhancing this process gives us greater and easier access to our personal resources.

This tool can therefore be used to activate our inner resources and provide help and support in times of illness.

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