Your wellbeing is about more than medication – our complementary therapies for patients and carers could help to relax you and ease your symptoms.

Martlets’ complementary therapies are given by experienced volunteer therapists who are all fully qualified. Our sessions are available several times throughout the week. They are free to patients and carers – but if you’re able to, we would appreciate a suggested donation of £10 towards the cost of the treatment.

Our complementary therapies

Massage

How it can help
Our massage therapists can use light touch massage to ease aches and pains and reduce your stress levels. Your therapist will help you select soothing aromatherapy oils for use during your massage, which may help you feel peaceful and relaxed.

What to expect
Your therapist will massage your hands, head, shoulders or feet. All of our aromatherapy oils have been kindly donated by NHR Organic Oils, which means they’re 100% natural, ethically sourced and have not been tested on animals. Each session lasts for 20- 30 minutes.

Reflexology

How it can help
Reflexologists use their fingers and thumbs to massage specific pressure points on your hands and feet. It may help relieve tension, increase relaxation and reduce aches and pains.

What to expect
You’ll need to remove your shoes and socks so that the therapist can massage your feet. Each session lasts for 20-30 minutes.

Reiki

How it can help
Reiki encourages balance throughout your body, mind, and spirit. It may help to relieve anxiety and stress and leave you feeling deeply relaxed and calm.

What to expect
The therapist will use ‘natural energy’ through a light touch either on or just above your body. You’ll be fully clothed, lying comfortably on a couch or sitting in a chair. You might feel a mild tingling, pleasant warmth, or refreshing coolness. Each session lasts for around 30 minutes.

Emotional freedom technique (EFT)

How it can help
EFT, also known as Tapping therapy, involves tapping on acupressure points to clear your mind and body from any disruptions in energy flow. It may help reduce anxiety, calm emotions, and ease pain. Your therapist will also teach you how to apply the technique to yourself, so you can use it whenever you need it.

What to expect
Your therapist will gently tap with their fingertips on specific points on your body – mainly on your head and hands. You’ll have your treatment while sitting in a chair, and it will last for 30 minutes.

Shiatsu

How it can help
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese therapy that focuses on adjusting the body’s physical structure and balancing its energy flow. It may be deeply relaxing and regular treatments can help reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

What to expect
Your therapist will use a mixture of touch and comfortable pressure to gently manipulate your body. You’ll be fully clothed and sessions last for 30-40 minutes.