We are helping patients and their families relax into Christmas with complementary therapies including aromatherapy massages laced with festive scents like sandalwood, ginger and frankincense.
Human touch is so important, especially over the Christmas period -- it can ease pain, reduce irritability and lead to a peaceful night’s sleep. The wide selection of therapies offered by ellenor are all designed to help patients and their families feel uplifted, both physically and mentally.
Senior complementary therapist Sally Baker said: “Touch is a real comfort around Christmas. We should be thinking of people who are grieving or living on their own at this time of year and offering them as much support as we can.
“We all need human touch, especially during emotionally challenging times. It has been proved that regular touching improves pain reduction and can boost our overall wellbeing. Coming to the hospice for some hands-on therapy is a real comfort and it’s not always the patient that we help – we help their families as well.
“Partners or carers are often missing human touch just as much as the person who is ill. They may still be with each other but are unable to make that physical connection. Complementary therapies can also ease grief or loss in whatever form that takes. It’s like being wrapped in a comfort blanket.”
ellenor offers support to in-patients, day patients and their families, carers and the bereaved. It has a holistic approach to their care, with ellenor’s Wellbeing team working closely with clinical staff to find the best care plan for patients and their families.
Since Covid restrictions have been lifted, therapists have been able to offer more hands-on sessions again at the hospice in Gravesend. Strict hygiene procedures in the therapy rooms -- more PPE and intensive cleaning programmes between each patient – mean patients and their families can feel confident they are being treated in a safe environment.
Sally said: “Christmas is a time when friends, family and neighbours all come together, shake hands or hug. We need to show love and tenderness to anyone who is unwell and to those people around them.
“We offer all sorts of therapies at ellenor including therapeutic holistic massage on any part of the body, maybe back, legs, shoulders or head. We also offer Indian head massage, aromatherapy massage using oils, and we do reflexology, which can be on the feet, hands or face.
“Especially at Christmas time we can use aromas in our therapies that are reminiscent of the season -- frankincense, Sandalwood, black spruce, ginger, orange and mandarin. They are the positive smells of our Christmases past.