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Complementary therapies

At Birmingham Hospice we offer bespoke complementary therapies to aid and support emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. We use a combination of modern and ancient techniques that are specially designed to be gentle with light pressure which complement traditional conventional treatments.

Getting started

An initial consultation will take place to assess your individual needs and introduce the different therapies we offer and their benefits. From this, our Complementary Therapist will then create a bespoke treatment plan ensuring your care is tailored to you.

Your treatment plan may involve a single therapy or a combination of therapies depending on your need or concern at that moment. Each Complementary Therapy session lasts roughly 20 to 30 minutes and can take place in person, virtually or over the phone.

In-person sessions can be adapted and modified to suit individual needs and preferences. Relaxing music is also played throughout the session to help maintain comfort and relax all your senses.

Inpatients are seen on an individual basis. Please speak to a member of the Inpatient Unit Team to discuss this. Please note that carers’ sessions are subject to availability.

How can Complementary Therapy help me?

Complementary Therapy can:

  • Aid relaxation and stress management to help you feel good.
  • Help aid sleep.
  • Ease aches, pains, and skin irritations with our bespoke creams and gels.
  • Relieve nausea with our aroma sticks and complementary support guide.
  • Assist with symptom control.
  • Increase energy levels.
  • Promote self-care techniques and practices to enhance wellbeing.
  • Help to provide a safe space where you can be you and simply take some much-needed time out.

Complementary Therapy menu

Some of the therapies we offer at Birmingham Hospice are:

  • Affirmations
  • Aromatherapy
  • Guided time out meditations
  • Indian head massage
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Reflexology
  • Massage therapy
  • Self-care techniques.

All treatments are bespoke to you and your care needs. Our Complementary Therapist will talk you through each treatment and their various benefits before you begin.

How can I try Complementary Therapy?

Please speak to a member of the team that is involved in your care if you would like to be referred for Complementary Therapy and they will be more than happy to assist you.

Our Complementary Therapy service is free of charge, although donations are always welcome to help us grow and expand our service.

Angela has helped me and supported me to find inner peace within myself. I am able to take off the heavy bag of illness that I carry around with me day and night. I was able to remember life before the cancer; I was able to see a future and enjoy it. This place I have found is my safe place, full of warmth, love, understanding and time where I can be listened to. Without Angela and our group meditation, I don't know where I would be today.
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