Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies offered at the Trinity Holistic Centre are not an alternative to orthodox treatment. They are used to support you through conventional treatment. We only offer complementary therapies with the support and consent of your clinical team.

If you wish to access the complementary therapy services, you will first have a personal appointment with a therapist, who will guide you through the possible offers and give you choices of therapies you might like to try that could help with your particular needs.

The team also offers a bedside service, offering inpatients the opportunity to enjoy short hand, foot or head massages covering areas such as chemotherapy day unit, spinal injuries and intensive care.

“We don’t just provide complementary therapies. We provide a bit of TLC at a really difficult time, or relief from some of the uncomfortable symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatments. We work hand-in-hand with clinicians to support and complement patients’ treatment.”

Lauren Farrow, centre manager


Aromatherapy combines gentle massage, structured therapeutic touch and essential oils extracted from flowers, plants, fruit and seeds. It can help ease anxiety and reduce pain, nausea, constipation, insomnia and skin conditions.

Your therapist will use the information you give them to choose the right essential oil.  It is not always necessary to remove a lot of clothing as a full body massage may not be the best therapy for you, often a hand or foot massage may be offered.  If having body massage the therapist will leave the room whilst you remove clothing and cover yourself with towels.

Auricular acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is a therapy that uses fine needles inserted into specific parts of the ear. The outer ear has a prolific nerve supply that can directly influence the body’s response to stress, releasing natural “feel good” chemicals in the body. This therapy can help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes, aid relaxation, and reduce anxiety, tension and insomnia.

Five fine sterile disposable needles will be inserted into each of your ears for 40 minutes while you relax in a group of approximately ten people.


Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles inserted into various points on the body to balance the flow of energy. It can be used to help a variety of conditions including stress, pain, peripheral neuropathy and side effects of chemotherapy treatments.

Clinical hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is essentially deep relaxation. A qualified hypnotherapist will introduce you to a  range of techniques that, with experience and practice, you can build into a tool box of effective skills to provide support in a variety of ways. These tools could include: rapid relaxation, help in reducing stress and anxiety, and lowered muscle tension which can assist in alleviating pain and improve breathing.

Hypnosis is not something that is done to you. You relax yourself under the guidance of our trained and qualified clinical hypnotherapist. Unlike stage hypnosis where people may appear to be totally out of control, clinical hypnotherapy is all about putting you in control throughout the process.

When we are deeply relaxed it is easier for us to make changes to the way we behave or perceive things. A sense of perspective is easier to attain and we can alter the way we react to stressful events. We can gain greater control over certain emotions such as fear and anxiety and if we wish reduce the impact that certain activities or indeed objects (such as needles) have upon us by altering the way we choose to think about them. Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious (subconscious) mind. Techniques include progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, visualisation and gentle breathing techniques.


Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence with a trained counsellor about anything you want to. You will be listened to, respected and have time to explore your thoughts and feelings. Talking about yourself and your life can help you see things more clearly.

Your counsellor will not tell you what to do or advise you. They will give you the opportunity to talk about what you think, how you feel and help you to work out what you want for yourself. Counselling sessions last up to 60 minutes. The number of sessions you need will be discussed between you and your counsellor, but we can offer you up to six free sessions.

At the first session your counsellor will ask you for some background details and then together you will discuss your needs. Your counsellor will also talk to you about confidentiality. What you talk about in counselling is confidential between you and your counsellor. What you say will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. However, there are some rare exceptions which will be discussed during your consultation.


Reflexology is a simple therapy that uses massage techniques and gentle pressure on the feet or hands. It helps to aid relaxation and can reduce anxiety, pain, nausea, constipation and insomnia.


Reiki is a Japanese therapy designed to boost the sense of wellbeing. It can help to

aid relaxation and reduce pain, tension, stress, anxiety, insomnia, hot flushes and lethargy.

At your first consultation a fully trained reiki therapist will ask you for some background details, including your medical history, treatment and symptoms to help

identify the best treatment for you.

You will lie on a treatment couch or sit in a reclining chair while the therapist uses gentle stroking or light finger pressure either on or just above certain points on your

body. People generally find reiki to be a very relaxing experience.

Tai chi

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Health benefits can include reducing stress, improving balance and general mobility, and increasing muscle strength in the legs.


It’s never too late to start yoga, you don’t need to be young fit or flexible, it is suitable for everyone.

Yoga is an ancient eastern art that brings balance to the body, calms the turbulent mind and brings us closer to knowing our true self.


Does anyone need to know I am having complementary therapies?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor it makes sense to tell them about your plans to have complementary therapies.

Is there a cost for this service?

The support we offer through The Trinity Holistic Centre to specific patients and carers is largely funded by charitable donations. To ensure that everyone can benefit equally from our services we currently offer you up to six free sessions. In some circumstances we may be able to offer further free sessions.

What do you think?

It is important that we know what you think about the service we offer at the Trinity Holistic Centre, so that we can provide the support people need. You will be asked to complete a simple evaluation form at the beginning and end of your course of acupuncture – please do take the time to complete these. All responses will be treated with complete confidentiality.