Complementary Therapies


Acupuncture works by increasing the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphins and serotonin. This modifies the way pain signals are received.  Modern research shows that acupuncture may affect most of the body’s systems – the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. During acupuncture needles are inserted and manipulated into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture is used to treat the side-effects of cancer treatments such as nausea, tiredness and lack of energy. It may also help reduce hot flushes caused by cancer treatment, and help reduce stress and anxiety.


Aromatherapy is a gentle form of massage that uses natural plant essential oils to help promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Different oils are used to effect relaxation, stress reduction or system control.

The therapeutic effect of aromatherapy results from a combination of the effect of the oils and the relaxation massage. After an in-depth consultation, your aromatherapist will choose an oil or combination of oils suitable for your individual need. Massage can often help to lift ones mood and to enhance well-being. It helps to relieve muscle pain, stress and tension.

Eastern Facial Massage

Eastern Facial Massage is also known as Indian Face Massage. This treatment combines facial massage with healing and no product or chemicals are used. This treatment releases tension in the face thereby make the skin look more lifted and toned.  Elasticity and suppleness returns and the skin regains its natural glow, as well as working deeply on the emotions and therefore helping with stress and busy minds. 

Foot Care

Chai’s foot care therapist can attend to minor foot conditions which include nail cutting and the gentle removal of hard, scaly and dry skin. Thickened nails can also be treated. The treatment will be completed by a relaxing, gentle massage of the lower leg and foot which stimulates circulation and can aid mobility.

Note: Chai is unable to offer this service to diabetic clients.


Healing is restoring the balance of body, mind and spirit of the recipient. It is a natural, non-invasive, holistic approach that has the intention of promoting self healing to bring a sense of well-being and peace. Healing can provide an important and very valuable support for the person with cancer and his or her family members. It can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression.

Hot Stones

Hot stone therapy combined with reflexology and/or massage uses volcanic rocks that are believed to promote relaxation as well as eliminating negative energy within the body. The intension is for the combination of warmth and cool treatment to encourage the body to relax, detox and heal. With the hot stones, therapists are able to reach ten times deeper during the massage/reflexology than through the use of fingers in regular treatments.

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is a treatment based upon the Ayurvedic System of healing which has been practised in India for Thousands of years. The treatment aims to reduce stress and tension that has built up in the muscles and tissues of the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. It is especially good for helping to relieve stress, muscle fatigue, insomnia, headaches and sinusitis. Indian head massage has a deeply calming effect and is rejuvenating for the whole body.


Reflexology is a specialized form of foot massage that is related to the Chinese practice of acupressure. The theory underlying reflexology is that different areas on the sole of the foot represent and are connected to the body’s internal organs. Systematically putting pressure on points on the feet is thought to stimulate the flow of energy along the channels in the body.

Many people report that reflexology may relieve nausea and help reduce tension and pain. It may also be very relaxing and ease stress and anxiety and help to balance the body and rid the body of toxins.


Reiki is a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan. During a Reiki treatment the client lies on a couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down, the treatment can be given in a comfortable sitting position. There is no need to remove any clothing. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. Reiki may help to relive stress, alleviate pain, help with relaxation and help to boost the body’s immune system.

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage helps promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It can be deep or superficial, gentle or vigorous, and cam involve movements or stretches of the joints, according to the needs of the individual. It aims to stimulate circulation, promote relaxation, boost energy levels, relieve pain, reduce stiffness that impedes movement and increases mobility.


Shiatsu is a therapeutic technique based on the principles of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. The word Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ as the therapist’s hands are the main tools used, applying pressure along specific channel routes through the body and on individual acupuncture points. Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and helps to prevent the build-up of stress. It may improve physical and psychological wellbeing and may boost the immune system. A shiatsu session takes place with the client dressed in comfortable clothes.