Complementary Therapy and Wellbeing Services

Complementary Therapy

Complementary therapies play an important role in the care of people with progressive life-limiting illnesses by promoting relaxation, care and comfort in a safe environment.

We offer a wide range of therapies alongside conventional 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. 

We provide treatments to patients and their families who are admitted to the Inpatient Unit, who attend Day Therapy and Outpatient clinics, as well as external referrals for people known to other Hospice services.


Wellbeing sessions aim to provide resources for self-management of symptoms, encourage engagement in group sessions for social and peer support, identify a potential need for referral to specialist services and empower patients to cope with changes beyond their control.

The aim is to provide a positive and supportive environment while acknowledging and accepting their feelings, thoughts and physical circumstances.

Research has shown that regular group sessions and practices can reduce stress levels and improve general wellbeing.

Wellbeing sessions may include; breathing exercises, group visualisation, nail and skin care and aromatherapy.

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 relaxing and gentle treatment in which hands are applied to specific points of the body to relax and balance the body and mind.


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.

Find out more

If you would like more information about complementary therapy at Barnsley Hospice, please call 01226 244244 and ask to speak to a member of the complementary therapy team.

Frequently asked questions

“Wow! That was wonderful and so relaxing. I was able to forget things for a little while and just listen to the music and enjoy the massage.”
Complementary Therapy patient

“Coming to the hospice for complementary therapy is extremely important to me because it's the only time I can forget about what I'm going through."
Complementary Therapy patient

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