Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies work alongside any medical treatment. They can be a valuable aid to relaxation and help promote physical and emotional well-being.

At our outreach centres in Tiverton and Okehampton we offer a range of complementary therapies, delivered by qualified therapists – some of whom are volunteers. Patients and their immediate carer are offered free sessions by appointment. We currently offer:


Massage is a “hands on” treatment in which the therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body with a base oil to improve health and well-being.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy is similar to massage but in addition, essential oils are used to suit individual requirements.


Reflexologists work on the reflexes in the feet with their thumbs and fingers, using specialised massage techniques. Clients need remove only shoes and socks or tights.

Indian Head Massage

This is a light massage to the head, shoulders and upper back while sitting comfortably in a chair. No oils are used and there is no need for any clothing to be removed.


Reiki is a therapy which relaxes the body, promoting a calm and peaceful sense of well-being. Clients remain clothed and can either lie on a couch or sit on a chair. The therapist will place their hands on or near the body but there is no massage or manipulation