Complementary Therapy

Complementary Therapies provided by St Francis Hospice are massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage and M-Technique. All these therapies are used alongside conventional medicine to treat patients. Our staff are experienced in treating patients with various illnesses.

Therapies available

  • Massage
  • Gentle movement over the skin and muscles which allows the body tissues to let go of tension and strain.
  • Aromatherapy
  • The use of essential oils in treatments to improve physical and emotional well-being.
  • Reflexology
  • A technique that uses pressure point massage usually on the feet or hands to help restore balance in the body.
  • Indian Head Massage
  • A gentle massage of the head, face, neck and shoulders which can help relieve fatigue and stress and induce a feeling of calm. Essential oils may or may not be used.
  • M-Technique
  • A series of very gentle stroking movements at a set sequence, pressure and pace. It is different from conventional massage and may be suitable when massage is inappropriate.

Complementary Therapy can:

  • Help you relax
  • Ease anxiety
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce pain and discomfort
  • Reduce nausea
  • Ease symptoms such as breathlessness, constipation, fatigue
  • Improve sleep pattern
  • Reduce psychological distress / provide emotional support

More Information

  • Therapeutic Programme
  • The Complementary Therapy team contributes to the Therapeutic Programme run by the Outpatient Service. See the Outpatient Service page for more information.  
  • Medical Review
  • When you attend for a Complementary Therapy, the Community Palliative Care team may arrange a medical review to address any palliative care issues or problems.


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Company Registration No: 153874
Charity Number: CHY10568
Charity Regulatory Authority Number: 20027193


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