St John’s Hospice offers Complementary Therapy treatments to our patients their families and carers. Complementary Therapy treatments are offered alongside conventional medicine in order to relieve symptoms, enhance well being and aid relaxation.

What therapies are offered and what do they do?

  • Reflexology – Gentle specific pressure technique which is applied to the hands and feet to induce deep relaxation and improve energy levels and can ease pain, anxiety and tension.
  • Aromatherapy – Is the controlled use of essential oils to create a beneficial effect.  Aromatherapy relieves tension, aids relaxation and promotes physical well-being.
  • Massage – is the systemic manipulation of “soft tissue” using a form of touch which improves the circulation, eases tension and pain and enhances the feeling of well-being.
  • Reiki – Reiki is a simple, yet powerful technique for transferring energy from a giver to a receiver.  The Reiki given is used as a channel to conduct the Universal Life Energy through the hands of the therapist to the client which activates the body’s own natural ability to balance itself.
  • Indian Head Massage – Indian Head Massage is a form of massage to the head, neck, shoulders, arms and face that induces a sense of deep relaxation, improves circulation and promotes sleep.

All our Complementary Therapy treatments are offered subject to the availability of the therapist.

Other services include

Pets therapy

Pets as Therapy, or PAT dogs, visit regularly to give patients who like dogs the opportunity to spend time with one. The companionship of an undemanding animal is proven to be calming and have a beneficial effect on patients and staff alike.

Patients are asked whether or not they would like to meet the PAT dog, – some prefer not to but most patients enjoy the presence of a calm and friendly pet.

Art and craft

Patients can work alongside our qualified arts and crafts therapists on a wide range of projects, including painting, pottery, knitting, sewing, card making, as well as recording their memories and life stories for their families and friends.

Use of arts and crafts in palliative care is a powerful and effective way of addressing the practical, psychological, social and spiritual issues facing our patients.

Referrals & appointments

Patients/carers can be referred to the Complementary Therapy service by health care professional within the specialist palliative care team and specialist nurses.

A referral form is completed following consultation with your GP. Once this is established a joint decision will be made between you and the therapist to decide which therapy would be most beneficial.

For more information contact the team at St John’s:

If you would like to contact a specific area or service there are more contact details on our contact us section.