Our therapies

Our qualified therapists have provided complementary therapies at Rainbows since November 1998. During this time complementary therapies have continued to develop, and today we have a designated therapy room.

All complementary therapies are used primarily to enhance wellbeing and improve quality of life. They do not replace existing medication or treatment.

Generic therapies

Generic therapy is a relatively new service for us. It provides a link between a child’s local therapist and the ways in which they do their everyday activities during their stays with us.

GTCs take and process referrals, review monthly admissions and assess children and young people’s therapeutic needs. They will stay in touch with a child’s own therapy team to ensure that therapy programmes are maintained during the child’s stay at Rainbows.

Complementary therapies

• Massage: Massage helps people to relax. Research has proven it to be very effective, not just to the body, but also the mind.

• Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is an ancient method of healing using essential oils. Massage using essential oils allows the oils to be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, where it is transported around the body.

• Indian/Eastern head, neck and shoulder massage: Indian and Eastern massages aid relaxation. As this relaxation-inducing technique can be used for just the shoulders, neck or head, it’s not necessary to massage the entire body.

• Baby massage: Baby massage helps parents and carers bond with their baby. It also helps fulfill a baby’s emotional needs and physical wellbeing.

• Bereavement: Parents who are caring for a child in the final stages of their condition and following bereavement can find comfort and relief in our bereavement therapy.

• Music: We have a state-registered music therapist and a newly furnished dedicated music room. Instruments include pianos, drums and guitars, alongside state-of-the-art electronic instruments designed to enable any child, whatever their ability, to make music using sensors, cushions, floor pads and motion detectors.

As many of our children don’t have the language skills they need to express their emotions or may not find it easy to talk about their feelings, music therapy provides an ideal space in which to express themselves.

• Play: Our environment helps play happen at all times and promotes holistic care for our children and young people at the hospice – including social opportunities, new experiences and therapeutic play and activities. Individual assessments are carried out on communication, abilities, development and play/activity needs. Our sessions are tailored to promote choice and maintain and encourage developmental skills – and we work very hard to make sure that all activities are appropriate to a child’s age, ability and culture. We also provide inclusive sessions for families through outreach play ‘gymbaroo’ and activity days.