Therapies & Activities

Holistic Therapies & Activities

Charlie’s is free for anyone affected by cancer…

Each week we provide a schedule of Therapies and Activities that we offer at Charlie’s, please contact us to make an appointment with a therapist. We are always looking to extend and develop our offerings – so if you have a skill which you would like to volunteer for the benefit of our community please do get in touch with us Therapies are offered in the home, for palliative care patients.


Reiki is a Japanese technique to alleviate stress and promote relaxation. The therapist will help to channel the universal energy by placing their hands on or slightly above the energy centres on your body. This enables the bodies natural healing processes to work and help restore physical and emotional wellbeing. This therapy is great throughout all stages of treatment and beyond


Reflexology is a type of pressure point massage that can be done on the feet, hands, face and ears. These are mapped out in zones and represents all the organs and systems of the physical and emotional body. By applying gentle pressure and stimulating these points it can help bring the body back into its natural balance. This therapy is very relaxing and needs to be built into your treatment plan around chemo and radiotherapy.

Massage and Oncology Massage

Using gentle massage techniques to help soothe and relax the muscles in the body. This can help to ease tired and achy muscles and is very relaxing. We have therapists who have been on accredited oncology massage courses so you can carry on receiving the benefit of massage whilst going through a treatment plan. These treatments can be adapted to seated positions if needed.

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to re-balance your body’s energies.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that descends from qigong, an ancient Chinese discipline that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. The people that you see moving gracefully with flowing motions in parks throughout China, and increasingly throughout much of the modern world, are practising tai chi.


Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.

Facial Treatments

A facial is the most popular type of non-surgical skin enhancement and is designed to make you look and feel more radiant, rejuvenated and youthful. Facials involve a series of beauty treatments which aim to restore a healthy, clear complexion and balance to your skin, leaving it soft and fresh looking and you feeling pampered and relaxed.

Arts & Crafts

Therapeutic Art & Craft activities offer guided relaxation and expression within a friendly relationship. Achievable tasks are rewarding and promote new confidence and forum where one can speak freely or simply unwind ‘in a different world’.


Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increases the range of motion for the joints. Attention to the core support and full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind, provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.

Lymphatic Massage Drainage (LMD)

Manual Lymphatic drainage relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, reduces pain, and enhances the activity of the immune system. It is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of problems including oedema, skin disorders, headache, sinus congestion, sprains and aches, stress, digestive disorders, and before and after surgery to remove tissue congestion and minimize scar formation. It is particularly useful as part of post-mastectomy therapy, to reduce oedema and fibrosis and to relieve pain and tension.




We are always looking to develop our offerings – If you have a skill which you would like to volunteer, please do get in touch