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Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies aim to provide you with a pleasurable and beneficial experience which may help to ease symptoms and provide an increased sense of wellbeing.

The treatments create a sense of relaxation which can improve relief of symptoms such as pain, constipation and breathlessness. The added benefits can be improved sleep and reduced anxiety.

Therapies offered include aromatherapy, therapeutic massage, relexology, Reiki and Indian head massage. They are delivered by trained complementary therapy staff and a small group of qualified volunteers. Other treatments may be available depending on the experience of our staff and volunteer group. All therapies are given to patients free of charge.


Aromatherapy and Massage

Both aromatherapy and massage can be used as independent therapies, or used together. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils to enhance the wellbeing of body and mind. The oils are carefully blended once your individual needs are

assessed. Massage can aid relaxation and ease both physical symptoms and emtional tension.


Indian Head Massage

This massage is used specifically to treat the upper back,

shoulders, neck, head and face area.



A specific massage of the hands or feet to assist symptom

control and enhance physical and emotional wellbeing.


Reiki (pronounced ‘Ray-key’)

Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’. In the Hospice environment we understand Reiki to be a therapy that uses touch and energy which may help you relax naturally at a deeper level and bring comfort and support at a difficult time.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation is a key benefit of complementary therapies and may be further enhanced by the teaching of relaxation exercises, with or without the use of special CDs to use at home.


Complementary therapies are great

Aaron Bridgeforth