Complementary Therapy

Our complementary therapy service aims to help reduce tension, provide comfort and relief from symptoms. We also offer this to carers who would like much needed time to relax and be themselves for a while.
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At St Clare we aim to provide the very best in holistic care. We offer a wide range of complementary therapies to patients and their families and carers. These are offered in the Inpatient Unit and Outpatients.

How can complementary therapy help?

As part of our clinical team, our complementary therapists offer treatments in conjunction with prescribed medications to help with the physical symptoms of disease, or the difficulties associated with caring. Complementary therapy can also help you emotionally, offering quality time to relax and enjoy some time to yourself.

Who provides the treatment?

All our therapists are trained and qualified in the treatment they are providing. Your initial assessment will be completed by one of our members of staff and, if appropriate, subsequent treatments may be completed by one of our complementary therapy volunteers.

Some of our nurses in our Inpatient Unit also have the skills to provide hand and foot massages, which can benefit patients who may be unable to sleep at night, or need some help to relax.

We are always seeking to expand our services to meet the needs of our patients, so if you are thinking of volunteering your services in any of the following areas and are suitably qualified do visit our volunteer pages.

Six week Complementary Therapy programme

Patients and carers can be referred for a six week course of complementary therapy to aid symptom control, relaxation and allow some quality time to themselves.

Once referred, patients and/or carers will be contacted for an initial assessment appointment by one of our complementary therapists.

All About You days

One day events for patients and carers

Led by our Complementary Therapy team, these days offer a chance to enjoy some relaxation with therapies including facials, manicures and massage.

The event offers an opportunity to relax together for the day.

Complementary therapies offered


This treatment uses essential oils to enhance the well being of the body and mind. Aromatherapy may be used in massage as a prepared oil, or it can be used in many other ways, including inhalation, compresses and baths. All of the oils used are specifically selected following careful assessment of the patient’s condition an symptoms.


The gentle soothing touch provided by massage may relieve pain, stress and anxiety, as well as relieving stiff and aching muscles.


Symptoms of pain, constipation and fatigue may be relieved using this therapy. It works by stimulating pressure points in the feet or hands. Reflexology treats the body as a whole and may be particularly helpful where body massage is not appropriate or possible.


This therapy originates in Japan and translates as universal (rei) and energy (ki). Reiki isn’t part of any type of religion or belief system. During the session, you remain fully clothed and it can be given in any comfortable position. Reiki is a good choice if you are looking for deep relaxation. It promotes relaxation and a sense of peace and well being.

The therapist works by placing their hands either on or over the body. Many find this therapy a deeply and uplifting experience.


With guided visualisation and imagery, this relaxation technique can be used to reduce anxiety, help reduce symptoms, such as breathlessness and help aid sleep.

See Access our services for more information about how to access our services, our catchment area, referral criteria and the referral form.

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Finding a complementary therapist can be difficult. It is important when looking for a private therapist to know that they are properly qualified, insured, and fit to practice.

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