St Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire) enables people faced with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers, to attain the highest possible quality of life by providing a choice of specialist care and support.

Odiham Cottage Hospital is now supporting and funding a Complementary Therapy Clinic for patients and carers in the Odiham, Hook and Hartney Wintney area.

Complementary therapies can be used safely alongside medical and nursing treatments and help with relaxation, reduce anxiety and give a sense of physical and emotional well-being. Referrals for complementary therapy can be made via a health care professional.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient Indian healing system Ayureda meaning ‘knowledge of life’. Modern western style treatments use a variety of massage strokes with acupressure point techniques over the face, neck and shoulders.

The focus may be directed to relaxation or increasing energy levels.The upper chakra energy centres are balanced at the conclusion of the treatment. Oils such as sweet almond oil may be applied to the scalp, face and shoulders during the treatment.

  • Benefits of Indian Head Massage
  • Reduces muscular tension to the neck and shoulders
  • Aids sinus problems, headaches and congestion
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Improves blood flow to the head and scalp


Reflexology is the application of different hand, thumb and finger walking techniques to the soles, sides and tops of the feet or hands to bring about a state of balance within the body.

Reflexology is the application of different hand, thumb and finger walking techniques to the soles, sides and tops of the feet or hands to bring about a state of balance within the body.

History of Reflexology

The benefits of Reflexology have been celebrated for over four thousand years in different cultures throughout the world. In the early 20th Century Eunice Ingham developed a system of specific hand, thumb and finger walking techniques that were thought to link to energy pathways throughout the body. Sir Henry Head’s later research went on to identify a clear neurological link between skin stimulation and the organs of the body.

Techniques are adapted for even the most sensitive of individuals

Benefits of Reflexology

  • Deeply relaxing
  • Relieves mental and physical fatigue
  • Aids digestive transit
  • Activates the body’s own healing processes
  • Eases pain as the pressures applied confuse pain receptors


Aromatherapy is the individual selecting and blending of different essentials oils. Oils are taken from certain seeds, fruits, flowers, roots, leaves or bark. Lavender and camomile are known to have properties which both calm and relax the individual. Once blended together they can be added to a diffuser for inhalation or applied to the skin in a gentle massage.

History of Aromatherapy

For thousands of years ancient religious practices used oils to enhance spiritual experience. The ancient Greeks kept records detailing knowledge of plants and oils in around 400B.C. Marguerite Maurey developed modern day Aromatherapy in the 1950’s. Research has identified over two hundred chemical constituencies that give essential oils their unique aroma and beneficial qualities.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

  • Reduces anxiety and helps with depression
  • Aids insomnia and stress
  • Creates a feeling of wellbeing


Reiki is an emerging complementary therapy with roots in both Christian Healing and Chinese Medicine.

Aromatherapy is the individual selecting and in 1920’s Japan, Mikao Usui developed the basis of the techniques which are used throughout the world today. During a treatment the Therapist facilitates healing energy, or ‘life force’ as it is known in eastern health care practices, to be channelled into the recipient through a series of hand placements on or just above the body.

Heat, cold or a gentle breeze may be experienced as energy blockages are released.

Benefits of Reiki

  • Profoundly relaxing
  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Lowers any perception of pain
  • Promotes a feeling of peace and calm

The recipient remains fully clothed throughout the treatment which can also be carried out whilst seated.

If you would like any further information please ask to speak to the Complementary Therapy Manager or Senior Complementary Therapist on 01256 848870.