Charlie’s – For All Those Lives Affected by Cancer

Therapies & Activities

Holistic Therapies & Activities | Gloucestershire

Charlie’s is free for anyone affected by cancer…

Each week we provide a schedule of Therapies and Activities that we offer at Charlie’s, please contact us to make an appointment with a therapist.

We are always looking to extend and develop our offerings – so if you have a skill which you would like to volunteer for the benefit of our community please do get in touch with us

Therapies are offered in the home, for palliative care patients.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s ‘life force energy’ is low or out of balance, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high or balanced, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki can be given with or without touch. 


Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.


Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique such as mindfulness, focusing the mind on a particular, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state and wellbeing.

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders.

It aims to re-balance your body’s energies.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that descends from qigong, an ancient Chinese discipline that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine.

The people that you see moving gracefully with flowing motions in parks throughout China, and increasingly
throughout much of the modern world, are practising tai chi.


Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself.

It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.

Facial Treatments

A facial is the most popular type of non-surgical skin enhancement and is designed to make you look and feel more radiant, rejuvenated and youthful.

Facials involve a series of beauty treatments which aim to restore a healthy, clear complexion and balance to your skin, leaving it soft and fresh looking and you feeling pampered and relaxed.

Arts & Crafts

Therapeutic Art & Craft activities offer guided relaxation and expression within a friendly relationship.

Achievable tasks are rewarding and promote new confidence and forum where one can speak freely or simply unwind ‘in a different world’.


Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increases the range of motion for the joints.

Attention to the core support and full-body fitness, including the breath and the mind, provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.


‘Manicure’ is a term used to describe a range of beauty treatments designed to improve – or maintain – the appearance and condition of hands and nails.

Different tools, massage techniques and beauty lotions are used depending on the type of manicure.

Nearly all manicures comprise a moisturising skin treatment of some kind, as well as cuticle neatening, nail filing and the application of one or more polishes.

Body Movement

Are you affecyed by Cancer

Looking for alternative gentle exercise?

Join us every Thursday Morning 10:30am for Body Movement Class with Claudia.

A Holisitc form of Dance with gentle relaxed movements.

Talk & Walk

With Val and Marion

Charlie’s Walking Group every Friday 10am-12pm

Fri 9th Oct at Hempsted Bridge Canal Walk

Fri 16th Oct at Barnwood Arboretum

Fri 23rd Oct at Gloucester Park

Fri 30th at Hempsted Bridge Canal Walk

Same place each month in November & December 

Contact Val on 07889 793380

Wig & Scarf

Charlie’s holds a number of beautiful specialist wigs with stands and care kits, we are on hand to help you choose. 

We also have a wide range of scarves and hats for you to sample and see what fits best and to tide you over hair loss days. 

Our volunteers are on hand to  assist with fitting the  scarves and how to best wear the wigs.  All of which will be done in a private room for your convenience.