Posted: 27th March 2018
Works to the new Complementary Therapy department within the hospice have now been completed giving us two new “Snoezelen” rooms in which to provide patients and their carers with therapies including massage and reflexology.
Equipped with all the latest technology, combining colour changing lighting effects, atmospheric music and a variety of calming essential oils, provides a soothing and stimulating environment for the patients to relax.
Developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, Snoezelen rooms have been established in institutions all over the world and are especially common in Germany, where more than 1,200 exist.
The term “Snoezelen” is formed from a blend of the Dutch “snuffelen” (to snuggle or to sniff) and “doezelen” (to doze, to snooze). It was coined by Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul who developed the concept while working at De Hartenberg Institute in the Netherlands.