We offer our complementary therapy service to those people close to our patients who may forget that their own sense of wellbeing is just as important when providing care for a loved one.
We offer four complementary therapy sessions that can help with:
- Sleeping Problems/insomnia
- Emotional issues
- Time for yourself
Our team are multi-skilled, experienced professionals who will discuss with you in detail all the therapies you can access and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Below is just a brief description of some of the therapies available:
- Aromatherapy is a form of complementary therapy that uses volatile plant material, known as essential oils for the purpose of bringing about beneficial changes in a persons’ emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual health.
- Massage which includes Indian Head Massage, to help relax and revive you. The therapist will decide which techniques to use to best suit your needs.
- Reflexology involves the physical act of applying light pressure to the feet (and sometimes the hands) with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on the principal that the body is mapped in miniature on the feet and hands and that by applying pressure to these areas, it stimulates the organs and systems of the body to bring about a holistic change in the whole body.
- Reiki (pronounced ray-key and meaning universal energy) is a Japanese system of natural energy work, which promotes all aspects of well-being and aims to bring about a balance within mind, body and spirit.
- Relaxation Therapy – 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.
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 someone at the hospice 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.