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8 February 2021

Complementary Therapy Team get creative

Complementary Therapy Team get creative

The Complementary Therapy Team support Day Service patients and carers with a range of treatments.

During the first lockdown, they moved from offering hands-on, face to face support at the Hospice, to online, or over the phone, guided relaxation sessions.

This allowed the Team to continue offering patients and carers the support they need in the comfort of their homes.

Reflexologist, Shiatsu practitioner and Tai Chi/Chi Gung teacher John Burgess has started a Tai Chi and relaxation class on Zoom every Tuesday at 11am. These classes have been well received and have regular followers.

Hayley Holden and Beatrix Veal offer online self-massage, reflexology and gentle movement classes. These are designed to give people a chance to stop, relax and let go.

Beatrix Veal said ‘Complementary Therapy can still be effective, helping to build support, even if we cannot see the patient. Response to our new honed skills has been positive, and we have all enjoyed getting creative in our new ways of communicating. Making these connections is what makes our job so rewarding.’

Beatrix hopes she will soon be welcoming back our Complementary Therapy volunteers and seeing Day Hospice patients in person at St Michael’s.

If you would like Complementary Therapy support either by phone or online, contact Beatrix Veal on 01432 852 648 or

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