Supportive relaxation therapies & classes

At the Tūmanako wellness centre, our guests their family and carers will have access to supportive therapies, treatments and classes including:

o   Meditation

o   Tai Chi & Qigong

o   Acupuncture

o   Massage

o   Gardening & food harvesting

o   Healthy choice cooking classes

You can elect to use these, or not. Our supportive treatments can be used in partnership with clinical and evidence-based treatments to help relieve symptoms and side effects, such as fatigue, pain, stress anxiety, nausea, constipation and sleep issues.

Our classes can help to promote healthy lifestyle choices.


Time and again research reveals that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health.

Being amongst plants and flowers reminds us to live in the present moment. Gardening helps us relax and let go and working in nature releases happy hormones.

Another bonus of gardening of course is that you can grow your own nourishing food. We aim to use our gardens for relaxation, mindfulness and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Acupuncture can help to alleviate stress.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “evidence for the use of acupuncture . . . to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.”  Reuters health reported on a study from the University of York in the UK. The study recruited 755 people with moderate to severe depression. Seventy percent of the patients had been on anti-depressants and continued on them throughout the study. The study concluded that both acupuncture and counseling (or both) had a strongly positive effect on depression, lowering the depression scale from an average of 16 out of 27 at the start of the study, to 9 for acupuncture and 11 for counseling at its conclusion. The benefits lasted 3 months after treatment had concluded.

"Many practitioners of acupuncture have observed that this ancient practice can reduce stress in their patients, but there is a lack of biological proof of how or why this happens," says the study's lead author, Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, a part of GUMC. "We're starting to understand what's going on at the molecular level that helps explain acupuncture's benefit."

Tai chi and Qigong

Tai Chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, is a Chinese form of physical exercise which focuses on relaxation, balance and health. These slow meditative movements are a form of self-defence and meditation.

Tai Chi is designed to help condition the body and focus the mind with the slow flowing movements and controlled breathing. Stress relief with tai chi are perfect partners.

The Chinese principle of Qi is the same as the Indian principle of Prana. Both traditions believe that the body is made up of a ‘life force’ energy. This life force energy is replenished by the breath.

Qigong exercises blend different breathing patterns with various postures. 

Qigong is called a ‘moving meditation’. Some people find qigong to be easier to do than meditation. It is sometimes easier to practise qigong or tai chi than meditation when feeling really stressed. They both help with balance and coordination. They are fun and having fun is a great stress reliever.

Reiki Therapy

Reiki is a gentle touch modality. Reiki (ray’ kee) began in Japan and aims to increase energy levels and promote relaxation and well-being. Reiki is not a religion - there is nothing you have to believe in to receive reiki. It is a complementary therapy that you can elect to use alongside your other treatments that may aid in relaxation.

In reiki, practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person in a sequence of approximately 12 standard sites, in order to facilitate the person’s own healing response. During a reiki treatment, patients remain fully clothed and are placed in a comfortable position. Unlike massage, a reiki treatment does not involve any form of physical manipulation.

During a treatment, you may feel warmth or cold, a tingling sensation, slight twitching, or you may feel absolutely nothing. Patients receiving reiki treatments have reported a decrease in anxiety and a general sense of relaxation.