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Integrative Therapies

Enhancing Medical Care.

At JourneyCare, we elevate care to its most advanced level with Integrative Therapies. These therapies manage symptoms, calm the mind, console the heart, relax the body and create peace and preparedness.

Aromatherapy

Pure essential oils extracted from plants are used to enhance well-being and relieve a variety of physical and emotional conditions. Hospice patients can specifically benefit from this therapy to help alleviate pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, agitation and sleeplessness.

Art Therapy

By engaging the creative process of art-making, patients of all ages can enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Self-expression through art can help resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight. For hospice patients, art therapy can aid symptom management, provide a way to communicate about their illness and facilitate exploration of spiritual concerns. No artistic skills are needed to benefit from art therapy.

Compassionate Touch

Compassionate Touch is a hands-on, complementary approach that combines one-on-one focused attention, intentional touch and sensitive massage with special communication skills to enhance quality of life.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy has been proven to be very beneficial for hospice patients and can lessen the need for pharmaceutical intervention. Massage Therapy can provide immediate relief of pain, discomfort and anxiety caused by symptoms such as contractions, stiffness, shortness of breath, nausea, cramping and muscle spasms while simultaneously increasing feelings of peace and comfort. The simple act of human touch is one of the most ancient and effective ways to relieve discomfort in the body. Providing massage to the dying reinforces the wholeness of the individual regardless of what is happening to their body.

Music Therapy and Music–Thanatology

Music, planned and presented by a skilled clinical professional, has proven to be a powerful tool for easing pain, anxiety and depression. Our music therapists and music-thanatologists offer music, from the relaxing to the upbeat, at the bedside of JourneyCare patients. Using musical instruments as well as their own voices, music therapists provide an interactive experience, such as encouraging patients to sing along. Drawing on their musical and clinical palliative care training, our music-thanatologists use harp and voice to address physical, emotional and spiritual suffering at the end of life. Learn more about our Music Care Services.

Pet Therapy

Our volunteers bring a variety of trained, furry companions to visit patients in their homes, in assisted-living and care facilities, and at our Hospice CareCenters.

Reiki

Reiki is based on the concept that the human body consists of patterns of energy that can be balanced to relieve tension, pain and other symptoms and support the individual on all levels of body, mind and spirit.