Complementary Therapies

Helping to manage physical and emotional symptoms

Complementary therapies play an important role in the care of people with progressive life-limiting illnesses promoting relaxation and relief from symptoms in a comfortable and safe environment.

We offer a wide range of complementary and wellbeing therapies alongside medical treatments to help people manage physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep problems, as well as psychological and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress and bereavement. 

Our therapies are available to patients being cared for in the hospice’s Inpatient Unit and sometimes to their families and loved ones too. We also provide complementary therapies to patients living with life-limiting illnesses who have been referred to hospice day services in The Orangery‘.

To find out more, please call please call 01226 244244 and ask to speak to a member of the complementary therapy team. To refer a patient to the hospice for care and support please download our Patient referral form

Our treatments


Aromatherapy uses essential oils from plants to enhance physical and psychological wellbeing. Essential oils contain many chemical compounds creating aromas that can evoke powerful memories and improve mood. 

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a simple and effective therapy which concentrates on the main areas of the body most vulnerable to stress – upper back, shoulders, head and scalp.


Massage is a series of strokes or therapeutic touch which can be used to relax and relieve pain and tension.

Manicure and Pedicure

These are wellbeing treatments to help patients manage difficult personal tasks during illness and to promote natural nail growth after chemotherapy damage.


Reflexology applies gentle pressure to specific points on the feet (sometimes the hands and ears) to help symptoms such as pain, breathlessness and anxiety.


A guided journey to focus the mind and relax the body to be aware of the current – not thinking of the past or the future but being attentive to what is happening around you.

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