Complementary therapy taster sessions

Complementary therapy taster session

Posted on 26 July 2018 by Monika Reichelt

Our complementary therapy team recently hosted an awareness day for clinical staff to help them better understand the full range of complementary therapy treatments available to hospice patients and their carers. Staff were given the opportunity to sign up for 30 minute “taster” sessions, experiencing therapies like reflexology, reiki and massage. 

Fiona Cumming explains

“The awareness day was all about staff experiencing therapies themselves to help them better explain to patients and carers which treatments are available and what they are like.  We also spent time discussing the importance of the referral process and the considerations that need to be made as part of developing a treatment plan, as well as the information needed by the team to ensure the most appropriate treatments are offered”.  

Complementary therapies can play a key role in managing symptom control for patients, for example they can help ease muscle tension, relieve pain, promote a better sleep pattern, ease nausea and constipation, reduce anxiety and stress, and can activate personal coping mechanisms. 

For carers, complementary therapy can be particularly useful during the difficult times when demands can affect their own health and well-being. The use of therapies can help ease their distress and build their resilience to cope with the difficult situation.  On occasion, complementary therapies are also offered to support carers during the early stages of bereavement.

The awareness day was a huge success with staff reporting a much greater awareness of treatments, how best to refer and the factors the complementary therapy team need to know about when developing a treatment plan. Lots of staff commented that they had never had a treatment before and are now much better informed on how to explain treatments to patients and carers when initiating a referral.   

The complementary therapy team consists of employed and voluntary staff who provide treatments in the hospice in-patient unit, Solas day services and at home, if patient and carer unable to come into the hospice. Our therapists work closely with the individual to support them on a holistic level, offering after-care advice and helping them to cope during what can often be a difficult time.

Click here to read more about our hospice complementary therapy service