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Complementary therapies

At Hospiscare we use complementary therapies to help relieve stress and tension, to aid relaxation, to promote a sense of well being and sometimes to assist with the control of symptoms.

Therapies offered


The use of essential oils extracted from plants which are used in a variety of ways including massage.


Gentle manipulation of soft tissue and muscle.

Finger pressure applied to the hands or feet, with the intention of treating the whole body through different reflex points.

Reflexology, Indian head massage, reiki, hypnotherapy and acupuncture are also available in some areas. Please ask for more details.

When medically approved, our fully qualified therapists can also offer abdominal massage to help relieve constipation, and massage to help reduce oedema, particularly in the limbs.


Complementary therapy is offered at our centres in Exeter, Honiton, Tiverton and Exmouth, where you and your carer may attend as outpatients*. Regular cover is also offered in the ward in Exeter and at the day sessions.

*If you are attending an outpatient appointment, nursing care is not available, so please don’t attend if you are not well enough.

In exceptional circumstances we can arrange to visit you at home. If you are recently bereaved you may also access complementary therapies. Ask your Hospiscare team for more details.

Volunteer complementary therapists

Most of our therapists are volunteers. They are fully qualified, insured and members of professional organisations. Additionally, every volunteer undergoes a specialist induction and receives ongoing support and supervision from Hospiscare.

Next steps

If you would like more information about the complementary therapies offered at Hospiscare or wish to be referred you can:

  • Contact your Hospiscare nurse, who will talk to you and make a referral if appropriate
  • Contact the complementary therapy team directly to talk over your particular needs
  • Referrals can also be made via the ward staff at Exeter, if you are being discharged and would like to continue your complementary therapies.
  • And the breavement team can also make referrals for complementary therapies.

Contact us

The complementary therapy team can be reached on 01392 688034, email us at, or write to us at:

Searle House
Dryden Road