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“Whatever stage of your journey you are at you will not feel alone in Charlie’s, they can give you the extra support that you cannot access within a hospital setting” – Kelly Weir (Charlie’s Trustee & Cancer Nurse Specialist)

Therapies at Charlie’s are free for all those directly affected by cancer including carers.

Donations can be made, per treatment or activity, to help us to continue to provide this service.

For those requiring more than one or two treatments in a week, a payment scale will be put in place.

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

Below you will find a list of the Therapies and Activities that we offer at Charlie’s (just click on the plus sign to find out more). Whilst we make every effort to keep it up to date this list is not exhaustive.

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.



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.


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 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.


Meditation means awareness; whatever you do with awareness is meditation. ”Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. …

Meditation means ’a cessation of the thought process’ . It describes a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns

Group meditation guides you through the process into a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent.


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.


Spiritual Healing is a natural energy therapy that complements conventional medicine by treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

It has been described as the restoration of wholeness or wellness to one’s experience.


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’.


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.


‘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.


The rhythmic, repetitive motion and relaxation from Knitting has the same benefits to your mind and body as a meditation session.

In addition Knitting has also has been proven to benefit the brain and keep stress and anxiety at bay.


Crochet is a centuries-old craft that takes its name from the French word for hook. Crochet is fun, relaxing and easy to learn.

Like Knitting it can help you calm your mind and alleviate stress and anxiety.


Charlie’s holds a number of beautiful specialist wigs with stands and care kits, and would be happy to help you choose one or all to borrow.

There are a few specialised scarves too to tide you over hair loss days, and a number of friends with similar experiences, who could help you learn to tie scarves and use wigs to best effect.

You can help by donating

We have a range of group sessions and therapies, please feel free to find a therapy that suits you……….

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