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Complementary Therapies

What is complementary therapy?

“ A broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health systems of a particular society or culture in a given historical period” - Cochrane Collaboration (1996)

“Complementary therapies seek to support and complement conventional/mainstream healthcare practices. ‘Alternative medicine/therapies’ are usually considered to be used in place of mainstream healthcare” - Zollman and Vickers (1999)

Calming the body, mind, emotion and spirit with gentle treatments      

Who gives the treatments?

A team of 20 volunteer therapists work at the Hospice during the week, led by the complementary therapy co-ordinator.  They are all qualified and have a membership to their appropriate disciplines. Other volunteers, trained within the Hospice, give hand massage and nail care.  If you want to see a list of all the therapies offered at Hospice in the Weald click here.

Who can access complementary therapy?

It’s available for any patient of Hospice in the Weald, their family and/or carers. Just speak to any member of the Hospice team.

How complementary therapy may be able to help

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces nausea
  • Alleviates breathlessness
  • Alleviates side effects of chemotherapy
  • Improves sleep pattern
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Reduces psychological distress and provides emotional support
  • Improves well-being and quality of life
  • Helps with altered body image

The term “healing” can be found throughout complementary therapies. It does not mean curative, but refers to a holistic well-being.

For more information please contact Ruth Skinner - Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator, on 01892 820558 or ruth.skinner@hospiceintheweald.org.uk