Therapeutic massage is well known for its contribution to pain and stress management and for evoking an overall relaxation response. Pain control is often a primary concern for individuals who have progressively debilitating diseases, and massage has long proven useful as a therapy for any condition that includes a stress component. We require all volunteers who provide massage to be Certified Massage Therapists and prior MD approval is also required.
In addition to providing therapeutic massage, Hospice of the Foothills also offers professionals who are certified to provide Reiki and Healing Touch to patients and families.
Reiki is a holistic method of healing, functioning on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels to promote a sense of wholeness and well-being. It is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that is administered by “laying on hands,” and channeling the unseen “life force energy”.
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Additional counseling services from bereavement staff and trained bereavement volunteers are available as staffing allows. Bereavement services for families of our patients and for the community are offered in the form of support groups and individual contact.