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We provide a range of therapies for patients and carers as part of our multidisciplinary approach to care. Therapies are available to patients and carers via the In-Patient Unit and Support & Therapy Centre.

What We Offer

The complementary therapy team offer non-medical treatments which can complement your care at the Hospice. There are many different complementary therapies but the most common include massage, reflexology and reiki. Complementary therapies are not intended as an alternative to your medical treatment but as an additional means of support.

The complementary therapies offered at the Kirkwood Hospice include:


Massage has been used for many years to provide comfort and relaxation. A very gentle, relaxing form of massage is used at Kirkwood. Massage is usually carried out on one area of the body such as the back and shoulders, or hands and feet.


Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of specially prepared essential oils. The most common use of essential oils is in massage but they can also be used for inhalation or mouthwash.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a technique which works on the shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. It may help ease tension, headaches and stress.


Reiki is a simple, gentle, holding technique. It may help calm, soothe, relax and ease pain or discomfort.


Reflexology is a specialised form of foot massage which can help to promote relaxation and relieve stress and tension.

Beauty Therapy

Manicures and pedicures are available to help promote relaxation and enhance well-being.

Tai Chi

Carried out in a small group, Tai Chi is a very gentle form of exercise which can be carried out seated as well as standing. The session is adapted to the capabilities of the individuals in the group. The focus of the session is on relaxation and well-being.


Carried out in a small group, the therapist will lead the group through a simple technique designed to relax the body and mind. This lasts about 30 minutes.

Complementary therapies are available to in-patients and their carers, patients attending the Support and Therapy Centre, and patients and carers attending the drop in services.


Our Team

Our team consist of employed therapists and volunteers. All therapists hold a qualification recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.


How We Can Help

The aim of all the therapies we offer is to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation. Feeling more relaxed can help people to feel more comfortable and calm. Relaxation may help ease feelings of anxiety and pain, and may help with problems such as poor sleep. It can also help relatives and carers cope with the stress of caring for someone with a serious illness.


Contacting the Team

If you would like to find out more about any of the therapies on offer at Kirkwood or wish to discuss how you can be referred, please call the Complementary Therapy team on: 01484 557900

If you would like to print this information, you can find a link to our Complementary Therapies leaflet at the foot of this page.