Complementary therapies

Many people with end of life conditions can benefit from complementary therapies which can aid relaxation, pain management and well-being.

At John Taylor Hospice, we offer a range of complementary therapies including acupuncture, aromatherapy, hand and foot massage, Indian head massage, reiki, reflexology and relaxation techniques.

Following an initial consultation, treatments will be specifically tailored to meet each person’s individual needs. Each complementary therapy lasts roughly 20-30 minutes and takes place here at the hospice.

“These complementary therapies aim to help calm anxiety, elevate mood and induce deep relaxation,” says complementary therapist Angela Vigus. “All the therapies we offer are really light touch so anyone can benefit.”

Complementary Therapies at Birmingham's John Taylor Hospice

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Derived from ancient China, acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles alleviating pain and inducing relaxation. For more on acupuncture click here.


Using essential oils from plants to promote emotional well-being, aromatherapy can be combined with therapeutic massage.

Hand and foot massage

This treatment can be relaxing or stimulating depending on the requirement. Gentle massage techniques can be used with or without essential oils.

Indian head massage

Popular in Asia for more than 5,000 years, Indian head massage works on the scalp, face, neck and shoulders, alleviating muscle stiffness and inducing well-being. The treatment can be given seated and fully clothed with essential oils an option.


Developed in Japan, a reiki therapist uses natural energy to rebalance the body, mind and spirit. The therapist may place their hands on or over the body.


Using massage to reflex areas in the hands and feet, based on the principle that these reflexes correspond to other parts of the body, reflexology can stimulate or relax.

Relaxation techniques

Guided visualisation encourages relaxation through picturing scenes and images which are calming.

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