Complementary Therapies

The use of complementary therapies in palliative care has become an increasingly significant feature of health care for many people over recent years. Research has shown that its use alongside conventional medicine can help enhance relaxation and wellbeing as well as help with the management of specific issues such as symptom control of fatigue, breathlessness, nausea, and pain.

We provide a wide range of complementary therapies to help patients, their families and carers who are facing stress and anxiety because of their illness and diagnosis.

These non-invasive, holistic practices do not replace the medical, social, or spiritual care of the hospice teams. Rather, they work with the total care given, to promote comfort and support for both patients and their families. We also support those who have been bereaved.

Complementary Therapies aim to:

  • Promote relaxation
  • Reduce anxiety, depression, stress and tension
  • Reduce pain
  • Alleviate symptoms such as muscle fatigue and tension
  • Help with constipation
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Reduce psychological distress and give emotional support
  • Improve wellbeing and quality of life
  • Stimulate circulation/stimulating memory
  • Improve skin condition
  • Reduce fears/phobias related to treatments

For details of the complementary therapies we offer at St Helena please click here

At St Helena Hospice complementary therapies are considered an integral part of the holistic care of the patient, that are provided by a team of fully qualified professional therapists.

We offer a wide range of complementary therapies for patients and their families and carers. These are offered at The Hospice, at our Day Therapies centres in Colchester and Clacton and in the patient’s home.

If you'd like to refer yourself or make a referral on behalf of somebody else please speak to your CNS or support worker or call SinglePoint on 01206 890 360.


If you're qualified in any of the therapies we offer and have some time to spare to help us provide complementary therapies please visit our volunteer page here to apply.


Useful articles and research

Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the perspectives from people with palliative care needs

Cancer Research UK - Complementary and alternative therapies

Measurement of Regional Cerebral Blood Flow Associated with the M Technique–Light Massage Therapy: A Case Series and Longitudinal Study Using SPECT

Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage

Guided Relaxation


Making Memories
Pete received Complementary Therapies when his partner Neil was staying at The Hospice.
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Refreshed and happy
Complementary therapies have made a difference to Julia’s wellbeing and positive outlook about her life…
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Good for my wellbeing
Denise was given Reiki while visiting her husband Steve at The Hospice
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Contact Information

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.


To contact the St Helena Retail team, for enquiries about our shops, donation centre and house clearance service please telephone 01206 890 165.


24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360

SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.

The Hospice

To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU

Telephone: 01206 845 566

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Telephone: 01206 848 163

Fax: 01206 752 245

You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222

Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Media Enquiries

For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464

Patient Referrals

If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560


To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.

Comment, compliment or complaint

Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566