Mind-Body for Cancer

An evidence-based, community-supported program providing mind-body classes, services, and group support to cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their caregivers.

After decades of research, the data is compelling: lifestyle changes can make a profound difference in the well-being of individuals with cancer. Mind-Body practices, which include meditation, stress management, and yoga, can be combined with therapeutic massage, physical therapy and dietary interventions to effectively reduce stress and promote well-being.

The Program

The Mind-Body for Cancer program connects you with lifestyle practices, classes, and services proven to promote total well being while also supporting and providing peace of mind for friends and family.

Our clients find considerable relief, restored sleep, and increased energy by participating in our ongoing group classes such as meditation, restorative yoga, and Tai chi and by engaging in our Mind-Body services, which include Traditional Chinese Medicine, bodywork, and oncology nutrition.

Through this program you will: 

  • Receive one-on-one support from an advisor who will guide you through the program
  • Learn the latest in evidence-based mind-body therapies for the treatment if cancer
  • Learn the role of nutrition in the prevention of cancer
  • Discover the benefits of meditation and stress management in boosting the immune system 
  • Experience the benefits of yoga and exercise prescribed for cancer care
  • Understand the role of carcinogens in the environment
  • Benefit from empowering lifestyle changes medically proven to impact the well-being of individuals with cancer

Mind-Body for Cancer is a transformative program that empowers you to improve your well-being through the use of evidence-based mind-body practices. 

We welcome those at all points along their journey to wellness and with all levels of experience in mind-body practices. We look forward to engaging with you and helping you move towards health.

Who can benefit from this program?

Mind-Body for Cancer is designed to support cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their family and friends. Our classes and services will meet you at your current state and support your health. The evidence-based practices used throughout the program focus on the promotion of peace, balance, and movement to support your mental and physical well-being. 


What will you learn throughout the program?

Our program incorporates a variety of evidence-based mind-body therapies and lifestyle practices to ease stress and pain and to improve the quality of life of individuals with cancer. You will be introduced to classes and therapeutic services that bring awareness to your body and promote its ability to heal. What’s more, you will also come to understand the scientific basis of these concepts and practices and how they can directly promote relaxation and your body's innate well-being.

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Who are the advisors?

Once you begin the program, you will partner with an advisor who will help guide you along the path to health. Your advisor will come to understand the current state of your body and offer therapies, classes, and other healing modalities. They will be your point-person for any questions and will provide the support and accountability needed to keep you moving forward towards health.

Jacqueline Norris

Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center

Jacqueline is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center as well as a 200-Hour certified Yoga Teacher. She actively and effectively integrates the center’s mission of mindfulness into its functioning and outreach.

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A.

Communications, Community Relations Director, meditation instructor and a wellness educator at The Mindfulness Center.

Aurora received her M.A. in Psychopharmacology and has directed her passion towards advancing the scientific knowledge of mind-body therapies and promoting and practicing evidence-based practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers, and corporate settings.

Roxanne Lerner

Development Director at The Mindfulness Center

Roxanne is the Development Director at The Mindfulness Center as well as a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Roxanne’s strong belief and personal experience with the healing power of mind-body practices drives her to spread awareness of the importance of these self-care therapies.

Tania M. Golocovsky

Holistic Mental Health Counselor & Licensed Massage Therapist

Tania Golocovsky (Lanning) M.S , LGPC, LMT - Stress Management, Massage & Bodywork is a licensed massage therapist and a mental health counselor with experience working with trauma, oncology and pain management. Tania uses a strength-based integrative wellness approach that focuses on creating an individualized wellness plan for healing and empowerment. Tania is currently completing requirements for yoga teacher and meditation certification.

CLASSES


We have designed three levels of classes to meet your needs and interests. Classes promote your health across several different planes and are welcoming to individuals at every entry level, as well as the well-being of your friends and family.

Peace

Cancer takes a toll on both the individual and your social support system. Mindfulness practices such as Meditation, Wellness Qigong, and Tai Chi have profound, positive effects on mood and symptoms of stress for individuals with cancer. This class level is designed to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as encourage acceptance, relaxation, and peace. Meditation additionally improves immune function and overall quality of life for the individual. These classes are especially centering for pre- and post-op patients in addition to individuals recently diagnosed.

Flexibility

A link has been found between physical activity and reduced levels of chemotherapy-induced nausea and emesis. Yoga has also proven to increase rates of survival from many types of cancer. Classes like restorative yoga, Tai chi, and Qigong, which focus on integrating breath with movement, bring flexibility and strength to the body in a safe and comfortable way. These classes have been found particularly beneficial for in-treatment patients and pre- and post-op individuals.

Movement

Significant evidence supports the link between breath-focused activities and cancer survival. This class level is designed to improve peak oxygen consumption and reduce symptoms of fatigue while increasing strength through safe and fun classes like yoga and Nia dance. These classes are recommended for pre-op patients and those in recovery.

SERVICES


The Mindfulness Center offers a wide range of services that have been shown to reduce pain and improve quality of life for our clients. By fusing the latest research with traditional therapies, our services promote whole-being wellness for the individual.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster©

An expert in preparing for surgery using the Peggy Huddleston Prepare for Surgery™ program will guide you through mind-body techniques clinically proven to promote healing and lead to more confidence and relaxation around surgery. This system is proven to reduce anxiety before surgery, lead to a 23-50% reduction in the use of pain medication, and to help you heal faster.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Energy Therapies

Modalities like Medical Qigong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, and Reiki have been proven to improve the overall quality of life and mood status and to reduce side effects of treatments for those with cancer. Our experienced practitioners administer these restorative therapies by sensing and balancing energy flow, circulation, respiration, and neural impulses.

Massage and Bodywork Therapies

Our fully licensed and highly trained therapists offer an extensive range of medical massage therapies, including oncology massage. Therapeutic massages are proven to help decrease pain, symptom distress, and anxiety while improving sleep quality in cancer patients. Bodywork Therapies like yoga and Cranial Sacral Therapy employ a gentle light touch approach to balance energy flow in the body and release tension and blockages.

Mindfulness Services

Researchers have found that psychological conditions such as a stress and depression can affect the outcomes of cancer care. In our one-on-one private meditation sessions, our clients learn tools and techniques to manage their present situation while developing a sense of empowerment over their own health and well-being. Experts in Hypnosis can also help individuals harness their capacity for well-being.

Nutrition

An abundance of research reviews the role of specific nutrients and foods in boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, alleviating the symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation, and increasing rates of survival for Cancer patients. Our Program carefully reviews the role of nutrition from a scientific perspective and prepares you for discussion and working with your doctor for a program right for you and your care.

Disclaimer

This program is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified health professional. This program offers scientific medical information, but in no way should anyone consider that this program represents the practice of medicine. This program assumes no responsibility for how this material is used.