Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies are offered (as appropriate) to children, young people and family members, both in the hospice and the family home.

We offer a range of therapies which include:

  • Indian head massage
  • Massage
  • Baby/infant massage
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • The ‘M’ technique
  • Acupressure
  • Relaxation

What are the benefits of complementary therapies?

Complementary therapies can help improve both physical and emotional health by:

  • Alleviating symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • Relaxing the mind and body
  • Relieving tension and stress
  • Enhancing general well being
Complementary therapy room at Acorns in Birmingham

Where can you access complementary therapies?

Each hospice has a number of accredited complementary therapists, both employees and volunteers. Therapies are provided:

  • To children as part of a short break in the hospice
  • To family members during a visit to the hospice
  • To children and family members in their homes as part of Acorns Outreach service
  • To staff and volunteers within the hospice

Each hospice has a dedicated complementary therapies room with specialist equipment designed to provide a safe and relaxing environment.

Our range of complementary therapies

Indian head massage has developed from a long tradition in India to become a popular holistic massage for relaxation, stress relief and uplift. This massage treatment takes place whilst you are comfortably seated and fully clothed. It involves the scalp, face, neck, shoulders, upper arms and upper back, leaving you calm, balanced and relaxed. It can also help to relieve pain and stress.

Massage can promote relaxation and a general sense of well-being. It involves a rhythmical touch with movements varied to suit an individual’s needs. It can be used with or without oils or creams and can be applied to the whole body or a specific area. Gentle hand and foot massage given to the lower arms or lower legs and feet is soothing and comforting.

Baby/infant massage provides a special contact between parent and child, encouraging confidence and security and providing time for bonding. Massage can also assist in relaxation and help alleviate symptoms such as colic.

Reflexology involves applying a gentle massage to the reflex areas on the feet. The gentle massage helps to promote balance and harmony within the body. It may also improve circulation and relaxation.

Complementary therapy equipment

Aromatherapy uses essential plant oils. These have many therapeutic qualities which are said to restore the balance between body, mind and spirit. The oils have different aromas and may have different textures and colours. The essential oils are often mixed with a neutral carrier oil to help absorption through the skin. They can be applied by gentle massage or added to a warm bath.

Relaxation – the aim of these activities is to give babies, children and young people and their families an enjoyable experience using music, touch and sensory aids. The aim is to release muscle tension and quieten the mind.

The ‘M’ technique is a method of touch developed for those too fragile to massage or for when massage is inappropriate. It is a series of stroking movements designed to promote a profound relaxing effect. The ‘M’ technique can be performed fully clothed or in conjunction with aromatherapy.

Acupressure is a form of touch therapy that utilises the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In acupressure, the same points on the body are used as in acupuncture but are stimulated with finger pressure instead of the insertion of needles. Acupressure is used to relieve a variety of symptoms and pain.

If you are a complementary therapist and would like to volunteer your time, please get in touch

Make an appointment

If you would like to make a complementary therapy appointment please contact your hospice:

Acorns in Birmingham

103 Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham

Tel: 0121 248 4850

Acorns in the Black Country

Walstead Road, Walsall

Tel: 01922 422 500

Acorns for the Three Counties

350 Bath Road, Worcester

Tel: 01905 767 676

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