Complementary Therapies

Why do we offer Complementary Therapies?

Complementary Therapies can be very relaxing and, in addition to helping dispel tension, they may help with specific complaints, such as nausea, digestive problems and skin irritation.

We have a team of fully-qualified volunteer therapists who are trained to provide a range of complementary therapies for our patients, carers and family members.

We offer a range of different therapies, although some are only available in certain locations.

Therapies currently available are:

Massage: a gentle massage can be used to relax and relieve muscle tension. It may help to lift mood and, for some people, it can improve sleep patterns. The beneficial effects of massage can be experienced even when only a small area of the body is massaged, such as the hands, feet or lower legs.

Aromatherapy: uses blends of essential oils extracted from plants and mixed with a base oil. Most often it is associated with massage, although oils can be used in an aroma-stone which releases the scent of the oil in the room. Oils can be mixed to suit specific needs.

Reiki: an ancient Japanese therapy using a very light touch with the hands to balance natural energy flow throughout the body. Reiki is soothing and relaxing.

Reflexology: a specialised form of foot or hand massage, where gentle pressure is applied to specific points on the feet or hands with the thumbs. Reflexology can help promote physical and emotional well-being and can bring about a feeling of deep relaxation.

Indian Head Massage: a gentle massage to the neck and shoulders, focusing mainly on the head and scalp.Indian Head Massage is relaxing and may help with headaches and insomnia.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy: a light touch approach (fully clothed and in a comfortable position) that can release tension and tissues restriction deep within the body by encouraging the entire body to relax and self-correct. It helps to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole body-body health and performance. Because it is so gentle, CST can be effective for all ages and is suitable for a wide range of conditions. (This therapy is not available at Grove House.)

Who can benefit?

Complementary therapies are available for patients of Rennie Grove Hospice Care and their carers/family members.

Where do they take place?

Your therapy will take place either in your home or at Grove House. Outpatient appointments at Grove House are available for patients, carers and the bereaved while Day Hospice patients may also be able to have a complementary therapy treatment during their time in Day Hospice.

How can I access Complementary Therapy?

A healthcare professional, such as your GP or Rennie Grove nurse, may refer you for one of our complementary therapies. Alternatively, you can refer yourself by telephoning us or calling into the Grove House Information Centre.

What happens after referral?

After the referral is received an appointment for an assessment will be made with one of our team and you will have the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have. We will then contact you to arrange a suitable day and time for your complementary therapy to start.

How many sessions do I receive?

The usual length of a complementary therapy course either at home or at Grove House is six weeks.In Day Hospice you can access complementary therapy at some point during your weekly visits.

What does it cost?

Like all Rennie Grove services, the complementary therapy sessions are provided at no cost to the patient or their family. As a registered charity, we rely on the generosity of the local community to fund around 85% of our annual running costs, allowing us to care for ​thousands of patients and families every year.

If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please go to renniegrove.org/donate.


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