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Holistic Therapies

Holistic Therapies have been shown to support the body and mind in a vast number of ways. Our therapeutic environment enhances each person’s wellbeing, with the most appropriate holistic therapies being offered to support them.

The holistic approach to care

Body Therapies have been shown to:

  • Reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain
  • Support the relaxation response
  • Support immune function
  • Improve the circulation

Oncology Massage

This is a gentle massage technique specially developed for people with life threatening illness. Through gentle touch the ‘relaxation response’ is experienced, relieving physical symptoms, calming the mind and body. Research has shown that Oncology Massage improves quality of life for people with cancer diagnosis. (Cassileth and Vickers 2004.)

Oncology Massage can reduce the following side-effects of cancer and its treatment:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Depression


Reflexology is the application of gentle pressure applied to specific points or reflexes on the soles of the feet, which correspond to organs and systems in the body. This technique promotes homeostasis or balance and harmony within the body.


An ancient Japanese technique that helps to balance the subtle physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies that are within each of us. It is a widely used complementary health approach that enhances the quality of life, supporting stillness, comfort and feelings of peace and wellbeing.

Breath and Stillness

Mindful breath during body therapies helps to still the mind and calm the central nervous system. We encourage you to use guided breathing techniques to facilitate deep relaxation. Stillness will allow you to gain the maximum benefit from your body therapies.


After consultation, Essential Oils may be used during your Body Therapy, these are specifically chosen to support your current needs. Essential Oils can support, symptom management, relaxation, emotional and spiritual comfort.


Shiatsu is based on traditional Japanese massage therapy. Shiatsu works with the body’s energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee). It uses acupressure to release tension and bring balance to the body. It can help to lift your mood and make you feel relaxed.

Medical Acupuncture

By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.

How do I access this service? If you think our service can benefit you, please complete an online referral form via the link below and one of our Nurses will be in contact with you.

Other Services

Support Groups: Patients, Carers, Bereaved

By participating in the support groups, you can meet with others in a similar situation and experience mutual support while learning new skills.

Workshops and Education Sessions

Dove Wing is a unique Palliative Care Unit, staffed by a dedicated team of skilled palliative care health practitioners, offering short-term respite beds and end-of-life care and support.

Respite Care at Dove Wing

Dove Wing is a unique Palliative Care Unit situated within St Andrews Village, Glendowie, Auckland. It is staffed by a dedicated team of skilled Palliative Care Health Practitioners. It offers a peaceful environment with a holistic approach to care providing physical, social, emotional and spiritual support to the person with a life limiting illness, their whānau and loved ones.