Complementary Therapy

Our Complementary Therapists are able to offer treatments both within patient’s homes and at our Hospice Day Centre.

We always discuss the different therapies available and will advise patients as to which therapy is the most appropriate for their particular situation. Often this will involve therapy on a “one-to-one” basis, but sometimes therapy will be offered as part of a group – helping patients develop self-help skills such as relaxation and visualisation techniques to promote health and well-being.


Our clinically trained complementary therapists here at Hospice of the Valleys provide a range of treatments including:

  • Clinical reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Holistic Massage
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques


These interventions can enable patients to manage a variety of symptoms including:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Tension
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue


Complementary therapies can help to improve overall wellbeing and therefore, quality of life.


Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body. Our reflexologists work holistically with patients and aim to work alongside their medical care plan to promote wellbeing.


Reiki is an energy therapy which combines hands on and hands off treatment to balance the mind, body and spirit.


Hypnotherapy is defined as a relaxed, focused state of concentration (similar to a day dream) where a part of your mind, sometimes described as your “unconscious mind” is then highly receptive to positive suggestions. Hypnotherapy is completely safe and aims to create a positive therapeutic change.  The patient remains in control at all times.


Aromatherapy uses pure essential oil botanical extracts for therapeutic and clinical effects. The therapy can be highly effective in treating pain, anxiety, fatigue and inducing relaxation. They can be administered topically or inhaled for psychological benefit.

Holistic massage

Massage involves a hands-on, individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each individual. Our complementary therapists treat the patients holistically, taking into account their emotional wellbeing, as well as their physical body.

Breathlessness and relaxation techniques

Breathlessness can occur at any time to anyone. It can make people feel anxious or like they are having a panic attack. Our team aim to provide patients with simple, self-help tools to manage breathlessness. We can support our patients by teaching a range of relaxation techniques to help control any stress or anxiety that may occur.


Mathew Atkins
Complementary Therapist

Mathew is a full-time Complementary Therapist specialising in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness, Reiki and Massage and has been working at The Hospice of the Valleys since 2009.


Alana Douglas-Jones

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