Massage therapy, aromatherapy and reflexology

These therapies may help when people are having problems relaxing or getting to sleep.

These therapies can help you with pain, muscle stiffness, breathlessness, anxiety and fatigue, or if you just need something to lift your mood or help you cope with your treatment.

The massage therapist uses gentle movements with the addition of essential oil (aromatherapy) to enhance the effects of the massage. Essential oils are also used in aromasticks and diffusers for additional help with symptom management.

Reflexology involves gentle pressures on the feet or sometimes the hands.

Treatment sessions

If you are an outpatient you will be offered a course of three one-hour sessions. There is usually a short waiting list for this.

Inpatients are seen on the day they are referred if possible, or the next day when a therapist is available.

There is no set limit to the number of treatments you may have as an inpatient.

How do I get a referral?

The service is open to any patient of any age or diagnosis. You may be referred by a member of the team caring for you or you can refer yourself.

These therapies are free of charge to NHS patients. However, the hospital (not the therapist) makes a charge for private patients.

There is usually a therapist available at each hospital, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. A member of staff can refer you or you may book you own appointment on the following numbers:

Chelsea – Rehabilitation Secretary: 020 7808 2759
Sutton – Rehabilitation Secretary: 020 8661 3005

Try it yourself

As well as receiving therapy from our specialists, there are some simple massage techniques that you can do at home.

This video shows a simple hand massage for you to follow in your own time. It can be used in conjunction with other therapies offered by the team at times of anxiety and stress.