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Unfortunately during the Covid-19 outbreak we are unable to offer Complimentary Therapies due to Government advice regarding social distancing.

We will resume this service as soon as we are able.

Complementary therapies are treatments that can be provided alongside conventional care to aid relaxation and improve your sense of wellbeing.

At City Hospice we offer complementary therapy treatments to patients, their families and carers, and those who have been bereaved. All therapists at City Hospice are qualified and have the experience to make any necessary adaptations to treatments to meet the needs of our patients.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant plant oils to support physical and emotional well-being.  Essential oil is extracted from many flowers or plants and can be used in massage or as an   inhalation to achieve a variety of therapeutic effects, such as relieving stress, relaxation and improving well-being. Aromatherapy massage is a gentle form of massage aimed at reducing    muscle tension and enhancing relaxation.

Massage

Touch is known to be a vital and essential form of communication, and massage can provide a safe and soothing treatment. All massage treatments are gentle and are aimed at relaxation, stress reduction and relieving tension.

Reflexology

Reflexology is based in the theory that there are specific points on the hands and feet that relate to areas and systems of the body. Applying gentle pressure with either the thumb or finger is thought to have an effect on the mind and body helping with relaxation, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an adapted form of reflexology that has been shown to be beneficial in easing some of the symptoms associated with lymphoedema. (Please ask your therapist if this is available for you)

Aftercare Advice

Following your treatment, you may feel very relaxed.  Please take time to sit and acclimatise yourself before driving your car. It will be beneficial if you can try to make time for rest and relaxation following your treatment.

You may experience the need to use the toilet to pass water more frequently, therefore it is better to avoid drinks that contain caffeine e.g. coffee, and drink plenty of water to prevent you from becoming dehydrated.

Visiting Therapists

Throughout the year we are pleased to welcome students from the Complementary Healthcare Degree program at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The students are qualified therapists and hold level 5 qualifications in clinical reflexology, aromatherapy and holistic massage.  They visit City Hospice to offer treatments as part of the third year work-based placement module.

How to access Complementary Therapy at City Hospice

Complementary therapies are offered to all City Hospice patients, family members and carers and to those who have been bereaved (up to 6 treatments initially). At City Hospice, we provide all our services free of charge and offer treatments either by appointment or at the day centre sessions at our Ty Hosbis, Whitchurch Hospital Grounds. If you are interested in accessing this service please speak to your nurse or counsellor who can make the referral on your behalf.

For further information about complementary therapies at City Hospice, please call:

02920 524 158

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We would like to update our supporters and families on the current impact Coronavirus (Covid 19) is having on the operations of City Hospice. Our priority remains to provide care and support to people living with life limiting and terminal illness. Our clinical team continue to deliver essential care during this unprecedented time. We hope that you will all join us in supporting our exceptional team as they continue to provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in Cardiff.

On behalf of the City Hospice team, thank you for your continued support, which allows our charity to care for patients in our community.

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