Complementary therapies for adults with life-limiting illnesses and their carers, and for people coping with a bereavement.

The aims of complementary therapy are to help:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Alleviate symptoms and the side effects of drugs
  • Aid relaxation
  • Ease stress, tension, pain, depression and anxiety
  • Provide a safe, therapeutic and confidential environment

Our complementary therapies are given alongside conventional medical treatments including chemotherapy. Full individual assessments are given before treatment commences.

I feel like it was the first time I had relaxed for a long time

– Complimentary Therapy client

Our therapists are fully qualified and accredited and offer the following treatments:

  • Aromatherapy is a gentle, slow massage using essential oils obtained from plants.
  • Reflexology is based on the principle that all the systems of the body are mirrored on our hands and feet. Reflexology is the practice of massaging the feet to relax the corresponding regions of the body.
  • Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. The therapist channels this life energy through his or her hands activating the body’s natural ability to balance itself.
  • Indian Head Massage focuses on the upper body, back, shoulders, neck and head.

For patients unable to access the hospice, we have a limited Complementary Therapy service available in the home.

The sessions eased the pain and swelling that I suffer with from my cancer and all the operations and treatments I am currently going through

– Complimentary Therapy client

How it works

The service is available to people who are registered with a GP practice in Derby city or the southern Derbyshire area, or have used Treetops Hospice Care services.

All services are provided free of charge, and are not means-tested. To find out more about this service, phone or email Therapeutic Services on 0115 949 6944 or

We will discuss your needs with you and, if appropriate, we will arrange your first visit as soon as is mutually possible. Therapies are offered on an appointment only basis.

Ask about our services

Treetops is a registered charity and we need to raise over £3 million each year to continue our vital work – about £7,500 each day. We raise 70% of this through voluntary donations, our shops, fundraising events and lottery memberships. To make a donation to the hospice, please click here.