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Types of Wellbeing Therapy

This uses the properties of essential oils, which are extracted from plants to improve feelings of well-being. Essential oils are used in many ways and each oil can have different effects on the body. They can be relaxing, energizing, calming or uplifting. Aromatherapy is used for a wide range of problems, including pain relief, stress and insomnia. A treatment with an aroma therapist will take about half an hour; the therapist will use a blend of oils and apply them by gentle massage.

This has been used in both Eastern and Western traditions. Massage is the gentle manipulation of the body’s soft tissue. The use of touch brings about emotional and physical change to create a feeling of wholeness in body and mind.

Indian Head Massage
This is a treatment based on Ayurvedic technique. The therapist works on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. The massage helps to try to relieve tension, stress, and fatigue, stimulating circulation and joint movement. A treatment will last about 20 minutes.

Reflexology is based on the principle that certain points on the feet and hands, called reflex points, correspond to various parts of the body and that by applying pressure to these points in a systematic way a practitioner can help to release tension and encourage relaxation and well-being. Many people find reflexology relaxing and use it to help ease tension and reduce stress. Reflexology can be helpful for a wide range of conditions including pain, nausea and insomnia.

During a treatment, the therapist will examine your feet and then apply pressure using a thumb technique. It aims to help the body to enter a deep state of relaxation.

Reiki Therapy
Reiki is a method of trying to balance the body’s energies. Reiki means ‘universal energy’ in Japanese. A Reiki practitioner uses this energy to encourage feelings of well-being. Reiki can be used in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions including the relief of stress and tension. During a treatment the Reiki practitioner will ask you to sit or lie down; it is not necessary to undress. The practitioner will place their hands on or near to your body. You may experience warmth or tingling sensations during a treatment.

For more information please contact Nell Mellerick - Head of Hospice Day Service, on 01892 820558 or nelise.mellerick@hospiceintheweald.org.uk