Complementary Therapy

Complementary therapies can help:

  • You deal with the treatment you are undergoing
  • To reduce symptoms caused by your illness or treatment e.g. constipation, nausea, pain, side effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • You to develop relevant coping strategies
  • To relieve anxiety and reduce stress thus promoting relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing
  • To enhance restful sleep and reduce insomnia
  • To maintain and improve your body’s natural defence mechanisms


Accessing complementary therapies

Therapies can only be offered to hospice patients with specialist palliative needs and to those people close to our patients. This is on a needs-assessed basis.

Please speak to your hospice health or medical professional to establish if you would benefit from treatment and, if appropriate, they will be able to refer you.

This is a popular service and therefore you may have to wait a short while until you are invited to attend a consultation.

At your consultation a therapist will establish with you which treatments would meet your needs and arrange an appointment with you.

Therapies offered

Some of the complementary therapies we offer include:

  • Aromatherapy- the use of essential oils which may be inhaled, used in massage or in ointments/lotions. The therapeutic effect of aromatherapy results from a combination of the physiological effects of the oils and the relaxation of massage, leading to improved physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Reflexology- a non-invasive treatment which is emotionally, mentally and physically balancing. It is the technique of applying gentle pressure and movements to particular reflex and pressure points on the feet and ankles that affect areas elsewhere in the body.
  • Reiki - a technique that treats the whole body thus creating many beneficial effects including reducing stress and promoting relaxation. It involves placing hands on areas of the body to channel positive energies. Reiki is non-invasive and does not involve massage.
  • Massage- to help relax and revive you. The therapist will decide which techniques to use to best suit your needs.
  • Indian Head Massage- a massage of the head, neck and shoulders with the aim of stimulating circulation thus accelerating the removal of toxins from the body and assisting the distribution of oxygen throughout the body.

Relaxation Therapy aims to promote a state of balance and peace. Relaxation techniques include:-

  • PMR (progressive muscle relaxation) relaxing groups of muscles
  • Breathing exercises using various tools to aid relaxation and calmness
  • Guided meditations where you imagine relaxing scenes (sometimes called visualisation) Meditation is also a form of relaxation, which has been used in eastern cultures for thousands of years to help people to achieve a sense of calm, improve concentration and relax.