Complementary therapy

Complementary therapy

Complementary therapies are a range of supportive therapies that can help alleviate psychological, emotional or physical symptoms which you, or members of your family, may be experiencing as a result of your condition, or the treatments you are receiving.

Complementary therapies can help:

  • Aid relaxation
  • Reduce stress
  • Alleviate feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Reduce pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Improve symptoms associated with constipation, muscle tension or poor circulation
  • You to care for yourself and introduce self-help skills and improve your quality of life

Our therapies are provided free of charge by a team of voluntary professional therapists who hold recognised national qualifications. They aim to improve the quality of life of our patients and their carers by creating an individual therapy programme specially tailored to suit the person’s needs.

  • Reflexology - a wonderfully relaxing treatment working on reflex points of the hands, feet, or face.
  • Aromatherapy - involves gentle massage using essential oils with therapeutic properties.
  • Indian head massage - a simple yet effective therapy which involves gentle but firm massage of the upper back, upper arms, neck shoulders, head and face.
  • Reiki - a simple non-invasive therapy which can help to calm, soothe and provide great comfort.
  • Therapeutic massage - a gentle hands on therapy using various massage techniques to appropriate areas of the body
  • Reflexology lymph drainage - a reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body -

Who can receive treatments?

Anyone suffering with a life limiting illness and their carer’s. Patients staying with us in the in-patient unit can receive treatments within the unit or in one of our comfortable therapy rooms. Out-patients will be seen in our welcoming therapy rooms within Solas day centre.

How can I be referred?

You can be referred to our complementary therapy service as an out-patient by your GP, hospital consultant or by your Clinical Nurse Specialist. If you already benefit from our specialist care you can be referred for complementary therapy by any member of our multi-disciplinary care team.

Once you have been referred for complementary therapy you will meet with your therapist to discuss your needs and decide on which treatments may be of benefit.

Complementary therapy – some frequently asked questions

For further information on any of our complementary therapies please contact Fiona Cumming or Lynne Carmichael at Solas, Ayrshire Hospice, 35 Racecourse Road, Ayr, KA7 2TG.Telephone 01292 269200 or email

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