Complementary Therapy

Hospice Toronto Complementary Therapies

The term “complementary therapy” is used here to describe a wide range of therapies aimed at enhancing wellness and relaxation through mind/body techniques or touch therapy.

The complementary therapies offered by the hospice are not curative treatments and are not an alternative to conventional medical practices. Rather, they complement the current care that the client is receiving and are meant to be gentle and relaxing for the mind, body, and soul.

** Your volunteer therapist is also a trained In-home hospice volunteer and has undergone a detailed screening, interview and training program in hospice work. Your Complementary Therapy Volunteer will be able to explain his/her therapy to you in more detail. Each therapy offered has its own association and/or regulating body which is responsible for setting the standards for membership and registration of qualified practitioners. Please see each section below for more details. If you have any questions please contact us at 416-364-1666.

Reiki

The word Reiki means universal life energy. It is believed that this energy may become impeded as a result of illness. The purpose here is to restore balance to the flow of energy within and around your body. In this gentle treatment the practitioner channels energy by resting their hands on specific body locations corresponding to the major organs, energy centres and endocrine glands.

Reflexology

This form of therapy is based on the principle that there are zones and certain reflex points on the feet which correspond to all body parts. Applying specific pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques, reflexology reduces tension, improves circulation, and promotes natural functioning of the related areas of the body.

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is founded on a theory that the human body, mind, emotions and intuition form a complex, dynamic energy field. The guiding principles are similar to other energy-related forms of therapy, in that the focus of the practitioner’s effort is on unblocking energy concentrated over the affected areas of discomfort in your body. The practitioner will move his or her hands in a gentle motion around the body. Light touch may also be used if you are comfortable with this. Healing Touch can be helpful in promoting relaxation, reducing pain and managing stress. Many people describe an increased sense of well-being after treatment.

Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch is founded on a theory that the human body, mind, emotions and intuition form a complex, dynamic energy field. This energy field is governed by pattern and order. The guiding principles are similar to other energy-related forms of therapy, in that the focus of the practitioner’s effort is on unblocking energy concentrated over the affected areas of discomfort in your body. The therapy typically involves holding the hands two to six inches away from the individual’s energy field while moving the hands from the head to feet in a rhythmical and symmetrical manner. Depending on your therapist, some touch may be involved.

Massage Therapy

The practice of massage therapy, as defined under the Massage Therapy Act of 1991, is “the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain” and to enhance relaxation.

Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT)

Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT) is an opportunity for the client to explore self-care and wellness through expressive methods. This therapeutic process can offers a relaxing and playful form of self-expression which can lead to new insights and perspectives. This may include mindfulness, mediation, music, movement, visual arts, written words/poetry, drama, legacy work etc. The client may carry out one or more of these activities with or without the therapist. No previous experience is necessary or required. According to EXAT philosophy, everyone has the capacity to express one-self in various forums.