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Complementary Therapies at Willow Burn

At Willow Burn Hospice we have a dedicated Complementary Therapy Service to deliver therapies to patients and their carers to enhance and develop the treatment experience for patients. Complementary therapies help to ease depression, anxiety and stress, all conditions which are associated with living with a life limiting illness, as well as improving quality of life and increasing feelings of wellbeing.

Complementary Therapy creates a safe, caring environment to help to improve sleep, long lasting pain, anxiety, depression and cognitive disorders, and to enhance wellbeing.

What treatments are available at Willow Burn?

Reiki - reiki is a form of energy healing. A gentle touch therapy promoting relaxation and a sense of calm.

Reflexology - reflexology is known as zone therapy, involving the application of pressure to specific points of the feet or hands by using thumb, finger and hand techniques.

Gentle Massage - using gentle massage techniques, stress can be reduced and relaxation increased. This improves circulation, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Touch therapy is the perfect way to improve general health and wellbeing.

Indian Head Massage - Indian head massage stimulates the nerves from the head area. This helps relaxation, which in turn improves mental and physical health. It increases circulation and nourishes the hair.

Aromatherapy is an Holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and wellbeing. There are many benefits to aromatherapy: stress reduction, pain management, improves sleep, alleviates side effects of chemotherapy and boosts general health and immunity.

Who are the treatments available to?
Treatments are available to in-patients and day services patients of Willow Burn Hospice, and will soon be available to their carers.

Thank You
With thanks to Mid Durham AAP for funding this service in 2021-2022, enabling us to set-up this vital service. Funding has also been donated by the Caron Keating Foundation - thank you.

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