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Complementary Therapy

Complementary Therapies are gentle treatments used alongside conventional treatment in order to relieve stress and tension and to aid relaxation. These therapies can provide emotional support and may also help with the relief of physical symptoms, enhancing well-being and quality of life.

At St. Michael’s Hospice the Complementary Therapy team gives individually tailored therapies to patients and their carers. Treatments are offered to Inpatients and in our Outpatient facility; the Turner Centre. Therapies are also offered at Odiham Cottage Hospital (for those living in Old Basing, Hook, Hartley Wintney and Odiham).

We have two staff therapists and a team of fully qualified volunteer therapists offering therapies to patients. Outpatient clinics are held at the Turner Centre and we also offer therapies to patients in their own homes. We hold a carers’ clinic at the Turner Centre and we also offer bereaved carers emotional support with Complementary Therapies.

The therapist will ask a range of health, lifestyle and medical history questions and discuss the best course of treatment. We offer a number of therapies including Aromatherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Deep Relaxation and Acupuncture.

Therapies we offer may include:
  • Massage involves a variety of gentle, soothing techniques along with deeper movements to help with relaxation, muscle pain and tension
  • Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils – natural plant extracts which, as well as being fragrant, have a range of therapeutic properties. Essential oils can be blended in a carrier for use in a massage treatment, in creams and lotions or in an inhaler or diffuser
  • Reflexology involves a specific type of massage to the feet. It is based on the principle that points on the feet relate to different parts of the body and working these reflex areas helps aid and clear imbalances within the body.
  • Reiki therapy aims to balance the body’s energies and involves the therapist placing their hands gently on or just above the body. It is carried out over clothing.
  • Deep Relaxation is a natural state of relaxed awareness – where you are guided by the therapist into a state of deep relaxation while remaining fully in control.
  • Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body and aims to restore the balance of energy known as Qi, free blocked channels and restore health.