Rena Zaid, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process enhances the movement of energy (Qi) within the body, stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture is effective for easing pain in cancer patients and for helping to control nausea. Physician release necessary. 4-session limit per person. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to be placed on the wait list for this service.
Connecting Through Knitting
Offered twice monthly
Shelly Levine, Linda Wine and Audrey Vaneeckhout
Researchers at the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School discovered that knitting may be as effective as meditation, yoga and chanting in triggering the body's relaxation response. Come knit and reduce stress all at the same time. Knitting needles and yarn are provided, unless participants are working on a personal project.
Cranial Sacral Therapy for Relaxation
Amy Saxon, L.M.T.
These 30-minute individual appointments utilize a light-touch approach that helps release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole body health. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to schedule an appointment.
*Exercise for the Cancer Survivor
Barbara Shapiro, C.P.T., N.A.S.M., C.E.S., Cancer Exercise Specialist
Learn the best approaches to staying fit or rebuilding fitness after a cancer diagnosis. Appropriate for any fitness level. Wear comfortable clothes.
Offered weekly, six days a week
Northbrook & Grayslake locations
This is an extremely gentle yoga class perfect for beginners, those with limited movement or for those that would like to relax. This class will use props and can be done from a chair if necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.
Healing Ourselves Through Sound with Crystal Bowl & Voice
Marian McNair of Cellular Harmonies
Sound healing is an ancient technique. In this workshop a vibrational environment created by crystal bowl, breath, voice and gentle yoga postures will help reduce stress, promote deep relaxation and support the natural healing process.
Healing Through Art
Ailsa Nielsen, Psy.D.
Groups will include a brief introduction of the process, creation of art images, and optional sharing of created images. No art experience necessary.
Offered twice weekly
Zoe Kaufmanm E-R.Y.T., Sheri Mariani, R.Y.T. and Xianyang Carl Jerome, Senior Dharma Teacher, North Shore Meditation and Dharma Center
Enjoy guided meditation after yoga or on its own. Wear comfortable clothes. All experience levels welcome.
Offered monthly or by appointment
Marcia Bregman, B.S.N., R.N., C.H.T.P./I., Peggy Bassrawi, M.S., R.N., C.S.N., and Julius Miller
This energy-based therapeutic approach to healing supports a person’s innate ability to self-heal. Each class is complete in itself. This is not a series. Participants may also call the Center at 847-509-9595 to make an individual, one-hour appointment.
Northbrook & Grayslake locations
These 30-minute, fully clothed, individual appointments focus on relaxation and stress reduction. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to schedule an appointment.
Meditation at the Botanic Garden
See calendar for days and times
Kimberly Matthews, M.A., L.C.P.C.
Join us for a brief discussion and relaxation experience followed by a sensory/nature meditation walk through the Greenhouse Gardens. Following registration, participants will be notified of the indoor location for the classroom portion. The Chicago Botanic Garden is located on Lake Cook Road, just east of the Edens Expressway. Non-Garden member parking fee is $20.
Shelly Nigel, Licensed Esthetician, Certified Oncology Esthetician
These 40-minute individual appointments utilize a light-touch approach that helps clarify the skin and soften stress around the head and neck. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to schedule an appointment.
Optimize Your Energy
Devi Stern, M.S., E.E.M.-A.P. (Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner)
Learn and practice Eden Energy Medicine exercises to help strength the immune system, manage side effects from treatment, reduce both physical and emotional stress and depression, and activate the body's innate healing intelligence for maximum vitality and joy.
MIchele Melnick, B.S.N., Board Certified Reflexologist, and Sarah Preusker, Certified Reflexologists
Reflexology uses the body's precise reflex points located on the feet, hands and ears to stimulate the body's neural pathways and trigger a physiological return to homeostatis or balance. These 30-minute individual appointments can help alleviate stress and free your body's healing potential. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to schedule an appointment.
Reiki: Energy Healing
Theresa Winter, R.M.T. and Laura Pryzby, R.M.T.
Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to patient to enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki utilizes specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body. It is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that touches on all levels: body, mind and spirit. Call the Center at 847-509-9595 to schedule an appointment.
Stress Reduction Class
Katie Salyer, Psy.D., Post Doctoral Fellow and Gabrielle Wolk, M.A., Clinical Extern
Come learn ways to use relaxation to mobilize your mind/body resources to work with stress, pain and illness in new ways that can promote growth and healing. Experience a variety of techniques to provide you with a practical approach for reducing stress in your life and improving your health and emotional well-being.
*T'ai Chi Chuan & Qi-Gong
Offered twice weekly
Gordon Lock and Rick Schnadig
T’ai Chi Chuan and Qi-Gong are moving meditations that improve balance and help to manage stress. Wear comfortable clothing. All experience levels welcome.
Women’s Spirituality Discussion Group and Spirituality Discussion Group
Please contact the Center at 847-509-9595 for more information
Deborah Kronenberger, M.A., L.C.P.C.
The cancer experience often brings about a need to reflect and explore spirituality. Interest in developing a spiritual practice, maintaining and sharing an existing practice or discussion of some of life’s big questions are all part of these exciting and dynamic discussion groups. Explore various spiritual approaches through reading, film, guest speakers, field trips and various meditative practices.