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Complementary therapies have been found to reduce stress and increase the sense of well-being. By helping individuals to relax, they encourage self-healing and foster the ability to cope better with the stress around them.  

The therapies outlined below complement conventional medicine. They work very effectively alongside it and are increasingly used in hospitals, hospices, GP surgeries, nursing homes, etc. Your GP and any other healthcare professional should be kept informed of any complementary treatments you receive.

Aromatherapy massage is a gentle and calming treatment which aims to improve general health and emotional well-being and to restore balance to the body. It uses a blend of relaxing or uplifting fragrances, chosen especially for each client.


Sports Massage is a specific technique which aids sports injury, tension and tightness in the muscles. It can help to release problem and stressed areas and speed up recovery time and is usually specific to a problem area. The treatment is tailored to individual need and may incorporate stretching and deep tissue techniques. It can also be beneficial for chronic injury and long term painful conditions.

Indian Head Massage is both relaxing and stimulating. The treatment concentrates on the scalp, face, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. The massage is given with the client sitting on a chair and can be done without any clothing being removed. However, it is more soothing and effective with the upper body clothing partially removed. It can include the use of aromatherapy oils, but this is optional.

This relaxing holistic therapy concentrates on the feet. Using specialised massage techniques, reflexologists work on the reflexes in the feet to aid relaxation and relieve stress. This helps to correct imbalances in the body and release any blocked energy.

Reiki is a gentle, soothing and refreshing experience. Its healing energy works at every level, not just the physical. It helps the individual’s self-healing ability and sense of

well-being. Treatment involves the practitioner placing their hands gently on or over the body whilst the client lays on a couch or sits on a chair. (“Reiki” means universal energy and is pronounced “Ray key”)
Healing is gentle, safe, relaxing. It brings healing energy to the individual, helping to restore the balance of energies within the body and encourage peace of mind. Usually the healer will gently place their hands on you; but if you prefer, it can also be given without you being touched.

Shiatsu is a natural healing method and comes from the same traditional oriental principles as acupuncture. But there are no needles and you do not take off any clothes. Practitioners use the palm of their hands or their thumbs to apply a gentle but effective pressure to various points on the body. Treatment is given on a futon on the floor, or on a treatment table, or sometimes with the client sitting on a chair. This relaxing yet stimulating healing helps to restore the balance of energies in your body, mind and spirit. (“Shiatsu” means finger pressure, a gentle, healing touch. It is pronounced “She at Sue”).

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