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Complemtary Therapies to help you through your cancer journey

Complementary therapies

At the Olive Tree we offer a wide range of complementary therapies to support people affected by cancer. Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional treatments and are not an alternative. The therapies aim to help people to relax, reduce stress levels, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. All of our therapists are fully qualified and insured.

Therapy sessions are available all through the week, including some evening appointments and Olive Tree members are entitled to 4 free treatments, after which we ask for a minimum donation of £5 per treatment if possible.

If the new member is a cancer patient, then the centre will undertake to seek assurances from the patient's GP, Oncologist or Consultant  before commencing ‘hands on’ therapy.

All members will be required to complete a health questionnaire before commencing any of our
‘hands on’ therapies.

All therapy sessions are booked via the centre manager or appointed volunteer and we ask all members to let the centre know as soon as possible if they need to cancel an appointment.


Acupuncture is a form of therapy that has been used for over 5000 years. It involves the careful placement of fine needles into particular points on the body called acupuncture points. The needles are left into position for as little as a few seconds or up to twenty minutes.

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Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils in treatments to improve physical and emotional well-being. Many plant species contain essential oils, highly fragrant and flammable essences, which evaporate quickly and which are extracted from plants by distillation.
Aromatherapists in the UK are trained to use essential oils topically and through inhalation. Essential oils are applied in a variety of ways, which include massage, vapourisers, baths, creams and lotions.

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The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a very gentle form of healing developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  It is an extremely versatile therapy, with many procedures that can be applied for different situations depending on individual needs.

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Cranio Sacral Therapy

Cranio-Sacral Therapy is an exceptionally gentle, non invasive form of treatment which can promote feelings of relaxation, bring calmness & peace of mind, improve energy levels and contribute to a sense of wellbeing.

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Ear Acupuncture

This is a particular type of acupuncture using very small, fine needles inserted into acupuncture points on the surface of the outer ear.  At The Olive Tree we use a very specific form of ear acupuncture, called the ‘NADA Protocol’ which was developed in the 1970’s and is now used across the world to treat a range of conditions.  The protocol is delivered in a group setting with 8-10 clients receiving treatment at the same time.

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Indian Head Massage

Although an ancient craft, it is well suited to alleviate some of today’s stress related conditions.
The techniques are applied to the upper body (shoulders, upper arms, neck and head) collectively they represent a de-stressing therapy for the whole body. It involves the therapist using their hands to knead, rub and squeeze soft body tissues such as the muscles.

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Kinesiology is a way of identifying any imbalances a person has by monitoring their ability to hold their muscles against light pressure. Kinesiology helps to uncover the root of your health issue by looking at physical, nutritional, emotional and energetic imbalances. A wide range of powerful techniques can then be used by the therapist to correct the problem.

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Massage benefits patients both physically and mentally. Massage is a general term for a variety of techniques that involve manipulation of the soft tissues of the body through gentle pressing, kneading and smoothing movements, for therapeutic purposes. There are a number of types of massage: Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic, remedial and sports massage, for example.

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Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing is system of energy treatment that uses prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. Pranic Healing is a simple, yet powerful and effective, system of non-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a self repairing entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself.

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First practised thousands of years ago by the Chinese, Indian and Egyptian peoples, reflexology is a natural touch therapy, practised on the feet and hands It is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. The purpose of the systematic application of pressure, using the thumb and fingers, to specific reflex points on the feet or hands is to release congestion, promote the flow of energy and promote balance.

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Reiki is a method of healing that was rediscovered in Japan in the 1800's. The basis of this system of healing, is the concept that an energy flow exists in living beings which supports life, by helping to maintain balance. This energy is know as Qi. When Qi is diminished ill health can arise. The other important concept is that Qi can be channelled by a Reiki practitioner from its original source and passed onto another person.

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West Green Drive, Crawley
West Sussex RH11 7DH

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