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Mindfulness

Mindfulness refers to being intentionally present in the current moment, without judgment. It involves being aware of where you are and what you are doing. It is a practice that can be easily learned. Evidence shows that the use of mind/body techniques such as meditation or other creative means of expression can help improve the health and wellbeing of people facing illness, such as cancer.

Mindfulness can impact the body/mind of cancer patients in the following ways:

  • Improved feelings of well-being
  • Reduced stress and increased energy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • A way to quiet and relax the mind and body
  • Certain mindfulness practices, such as meditation, may alleviate pain/discomfort and help with sleep problems and fatigue

Thanks to the funding by the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, services are available at no cost to qualified patients.

Mindfulness Programs

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Art Therapy

Art Therapy is the application of the visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship, provided by an art therapist, to support, maintain, and improve overall health. For individuals and families affected by cancer, art therapy can address the many psychosocial challenges in connection with their unique cancer experience.

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Meditation

Meditation is a practice that helps manage stress by quieting and relaxing the mind and body. A typical meditation session may involve mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), progressive muscle relaxation, and guided relaxation.

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy uses music or music-based experiences prescribed by specially trained therapists to influence positive changes in well-being. Music therapists create goals for treatment based on an assessment and evaluation of each participant’s needs and strengths.

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Qigong

In Chinese, “Qi” means energy and “gong” means work or cultivation.  Qigong is a system of exercises using body, mind and breath to generate greater harmony and balance among the organ systems of the body, which improves general health and well-being. 

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Yoga

Yoga is a breath centered, mindful movement focused on building greater resilience in the nervous system, these breath centered yoga practices support each individual and their unique needs.

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