Cancer Classes and Therapies
Our integrative therapies include the following classes:
Yoga is the practice of physical, mental and spiritual discipline that combines physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. A weekly 60 minute class is offered and is open to patients and survivors of all fitness levels. Caregivers may attend as space in the class allows.
Meditation and mindfulness training can make you feel better and have host of well-documented health benefits. A 30 minute drop-in meditation class is held weekly and is open to everyone.
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Beneficial for many types of physical, emotional and psychological distress, this therapy is based on the philosophy to live one moment at a time. It reminds us to embrace the life we have right now and to let your life be opened in unexpected ways. The eight-week class is taught by Gina Sager, MD, YRT and uses a combination of simple techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Participants will learn breathing techniques, different forms of meditation, body awareness and simple yoga postures.
Reiki is a healing method during which specially trained practitioners place their hands lightly upon or just above an individual with the goal of facilitating his or her own healing response. Sessions are provided to patients free of charge.
Fresh + Local = Health
A healthy cooking demonstration using locally grown, organic and in-season produce. Held quarterly and offered to patients and caregivers, the demonstration is designed to introduce new and healthful ways to improve nutrition during and after cancer treatment. Presented by Christine Lutes, RD CSO, LDN and Gina Sager, MD, YRT.
Stay Fit & Active
Exercise is a wonderful way to keep mobility and energy levels at their best while decreasing the side effects often related to cancer treatments and recovery. To maintain your energy and combat the side effects, we offer Stay Fit & Active, a low-impact fitness program for those undergoing or recently completing cancer treatment. The program is taught by an exercise specialist certified in oncology and includes goal planning, relaxation techniques and stretching exercises.
A specially trained and licensed massage therapist incorporates many different techniques to press, rub and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues in the body, helping to release chronic muscle tension. Individual 30 and 60 minute massages are offered in our beautiful integrative medicine suites on a fee for service basis. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
Located in our scenic Dresher Healing Garden, the walking labyrinth is available for use by patients, families and visitors. Labyrinths are single paths or unicursal tools meant to aid in personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. They are thought to enhance right brain activity but people walk the path for many reasons: relaxation, meditation, a spiritual journey and sometimes just for fun.
In participation with the University of Maryland Extension, Harford County Master Gardeners offer gardening classes that are fun, educational and hands-on. Learn about growing vegetables, flowers, herbs and many other fun and healthy gardening activities.
Expressive Arts and other programs
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of classes and fun experiences that are geared towards helping those impacted by cancer relax, experience joy and share a spirit of wellness. Classes include: Zentangles, Laugh Club and our Drumming Circle.
Acupuncture helps enhance your immune system and works to restore your body’s natural functioning. It can be very helpful with a variety of conditions and symptoms that are often experienced in the course of cancer treatment. Offered through our partnership with Maryland University of Integrated Health (MUIH), free acupuncture treatments are available on a limited basis to individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer therapies. MUIH, one of the nation's leading academic institutions for natural medicine located in Laurel, MD, offers graduate degrees on campus and online as well as clinical care at their Natural Care Center and through community sites. To learn more, visit MUIH. Learn more about the acupuncture treatments provided at the Kaufman Cancer Center.
For more information on any of these programs call 866-393-4355. You can also visit the UM UCH Calendar for a list of classes, dates and times (KCC events and classes are highlighted in yellow).