The term “complementary therapy” is used to describe a wide range of therapies aimed at enhancing wellness and relaxation through mind/body techniques or touch therapy.

Hospice Orillia services are offered to anyone living with a life-threatening illness. Our clients must be 16 years of age or older and must live within our service area. Complementary Therapy services are offered at no cost wherever “home” is. Therapies are provided by trained and certified practitioners who are volunteering for Hospice Orillia.

To determine eligibility for services, all clients must participate in an intake meeting. Wait-list times are based on volunteer suitability and availability. Each client is eligible for up to four (4) sessions annually. The complementary therapies offered by the hospice are not curative treatments and are not an alternative to conventional medical practices. Rather, they complement the current care that the client is receiving and are meant to be gentle and relaxing for the mind, body, and soul.


The word Reiki means universal life energy. It is believed that this energy may become impeded as a result of illness. The purpose here is to restore balance to the flow of energy within and around your body. In this gentle treatment the practitioner channels energy by resting their hands on specific body locations corresponding to the major organs, energy centres and endocrine glands. You can find general examples of Reiki on YouTube if you are curious.

Massage Therapy

(ON HOLD until Fall 2022) The practice of massage therapy, as defined under the Massage Therapy Act of 1991, is “the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body, and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain” and to enhance relaxation.

For more information, contact Daniela Accomando, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Social Worker, via email or by calling 705-325-0505 Ext. 118. or Stefanie Collins, Community Social Worker, via email or by calling 705-325-0505 ext. 211. Alternatively, you can fill in our online Referral Form.