The aim of the complementary therapy service is to provide a safe, comfortable space where a patient can relax and positively address any stress, fear or anxiety associated with a diagnosis and treatment.
We want to help patients enhance their quality of life. We offer aromatherapy massage and reflexology treatments.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxation. Essential oils extracted from herbs and plants contain all the properties of the plants themselves.
There are different ways of applying the oils. You can add the oils to your bath or inhale them but therapeutic massage is the most popular and effective way to benefit from them.
The therapeutic effects and benefits of aromatherapy result from a combination of the physiological effects of the oils and the relaxation of the massage.
Reflexology can help relieve symptoms of stress, injury and illness as well as promote good health and help prevent illness.
It is based on the principle that all structures and organs of the body are mirrored on the feet and hands. In fact, reflexologists work from ‘maps’ of predefined pressure points on the hands and feet.
By stimulating these pressure points, this controlled pressure alleviates sources of discomfort. These pressure points are believed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the body’s organs and glands.
By means of this ‘touching therapy’, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the related point on the foot or hand.
Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only helps to quell the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.
Referrals for therapy
Referrals for therapy are made to the Complementary Therapy Department by nurses, radiation therapists, medical staff and other members of the hospital team.