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Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapy Service

Complementary therapies are increasingly used within hospital settings to support cancer patients and their families during the medical treatment of their illness.

Therapies can help reduce stress and increase a sense of wellbeing during what is often a very challenging time for both patient and family.

There is also some evidence that complementary therapy of this kind can sometimes help reduce the more unpleasant side effects of treatment.

More information on this research can be found on the Cancer Research UK website.

Claudia Bonney

Reiki Therapist

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Claudia has over 18 years' experience as a complementary therapist working in many frontline and medical settings: for the NHS in London and Bristol cancer centres and hospices.

Claudia is a traditional Usui Reiki Master therapist and teacher and finds this therapy works well in hospitals as a welcome stress buster for patients, families, and staff too.

'I didn't realise until 2 days after my first session with Claudia that my mood had lifted! I felt more positive than I had done for months'Patient

'My ever present stress headache just went! I don't know how it worked but it did for me, brilliant!' J. 

'Claudia always made Adam laugh even when he was at his lowest, he found the Reiki sessions Invaluable as a long stay inpatient.' Parent

Traditional Usui Reiki is a Japanese system that works along similar principles to acupuncture and reflexology. It is a popular support for cancer patients alongside their medical treatment and can be used for both physical and emotional symptoms too. Patients remain fully clothed during the 30min session and the practitioner places their hands gently on the body in a series of set positions from head to toe. Patients report feeling deeply relaxed during the treatment with wellbeing lasting a number of days or more depending on individual circumstances.

Clare Greatorex


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In 1991 I qualified as an RGN at Southampton General Hospital and have subsequently spent 20 years of my nursing profession working in cancer care.

Much of this experience has been in the NHS within hospital settings, including the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre in Bristol, where I worked as a Chemotherapy Sister.

But 3 years ago I decided to leave the NHS and subsequently joined Penny Brohn UK, a cancer charity in Bristol, as an Education and Training Manager.

In 2008 I qualified as a Reflexologist after successfully completing my diploma at the Bristol School of Holistic Therapies.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy which works on the hands and the feet to restore physical and emotional wellbeing. This gentle therapy encourages the body to naturally re-establish its own healthy balance, re-vitalising a tired body and nourishing and calming the mind.

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and can support and bring comfort to individuals experiencing a variety of chronic conditions.  

Claire Fraser-Tytler

Music Therapist

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Music therapy offers a valuable creative outlet for the many different and sometimes challenging feelings that you may experience during your stay on the TYA.

There is no need to have any prior musical experience; it can be used as a space for chat and for music.

Music therapy provides a space to listen and to be listened to, to interact and express feelings without the need for words. It can be stimulating, or have a relaxing effect.

Claire is available to both inpatients and outpatients.

Each week at 3pm (after tea and cake) there will be an open group available to patients and their families and friend as a way of socialising and supporting others going through the same process.

1-2-1 sessions are also available

Complementary Therapy Schedule


Reflexology & Indian Head Massage

Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.00-15:00

Area 61 Teenage and Young Adult Unit, BHOC (treatment available for inpatients and outpatients)


Wednesday: 09.00-15.00

Bristol Children's Hospital

Friday: 09.00-15.00

Area 61 Teenage and Young Adult Unit, BHOC (treatment available  to inpatients and outpatients)


Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-16:30 on the TYA Unit.

How to book a session:

Music Therapy

For more information or any further questions please contact the Music

Therapy department on 28778 (Monday to Friday) or email

Reiki or Reflexology

To book a session, further information or if you have any questions please contact the TYA Office on 01173427592, e-mail or speak to your CNS or support worker.

This is a Charity funded service. Thank you to:

  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • The Grand Appeal
  • The Sam Buxton Healing Trust