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Relaxation Programs

Relaxation Programs

These programs teach proven techniques that reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, and help you feel more in control of your experience, and how you think and feel.

Funding for these programs provided in part by :

CIBCThe McLean FoundationTakla     Foundation

Gentle Yoga for Symptom Management

This is a gentle yoga to help exercise control over physical and emotional well-being by combining movements, breathing, stretching, body poses and meditation practice. This program is specifically for patients who have significant adverse physical symptoms (e.g., pain, instability, mobility problems due to surgery) that requires an especially gentle style of yoga that can be modified to each member's needs. The primary objective of this type of yoga session is symptom relief.

Many thanks to Mukunda Stiles and Peter Brother for providing us with this set of yoga exercises for people to practice at home.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Cambridge: Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Sep 19 & 26
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 - As of October, this program takes place in the Studio on the main level
Nov 7, 14, 21 & 28
Dec 5, 12 & 19

Waterloo: Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sep 14 & 28
Oct 12 & 26
Nov 9 & 23
Dec 7 & 21

Waterloo: Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m
Sep 22
Oct 6 & 20
Nov 3 & 17
Dec 1 & 15

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a practice which combines yoga breathing and laughter exercises. The fun and gentle activity boosts the immune system and stimulates the brain to produce endorphins - feel good hormones. Whether your laughter is real or not, your body will get the benefits of this wonderful program. It's great for all ages and stages of recovery including family and caregivers.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Waterloo: Tues 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sep 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Dec 19

Massage Therapy

Imagine a place where pressure is felt only during a massage! A traditional massage is given by a Registered Massage Therapist to reduce both anxiety and stress. Our massage therapy is now being offered to both patients and caregivers. Patients will be asked to get a signed authorization from their oncologist. Caregivers will be asked to complete a medical form on their first visit.

Waterloo: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sep 20
Oct 18
Nov 22
Dec 20

Waterloo: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Oct 11
Nov 15
Dec 13

WaterlooFriday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. NEW TIME
Oct 6
Nov 3
Dec 1

Waterloo: Friday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sep 29
Oct 27
Nov 24
Dec 22

Meditation

Meditation has been used as a means to achieve healthy thought management by exercising control over thoughts and emotions. In this group program, cancer patients and caregivers are taught mindfulness meditation exercises and are encouraged to practice them at home to the greatest extent possible based on interest and health. This program is especially suited to members who are trying meditation for the first time.

Register online or 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Cambridge: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sep 28
Oct 12 & 26 - as of October, this program takes place in the Multi Purpose 1 room (back of the gym on the main level)
Nov 9 & 23
Dec 7 & 21

Waterloo: Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sep 27
Oct 25
Nov 29
Dec 20

Qi Gong

This is a group coping-skills program that provides a community for cancer patients and caregivers to meet with one another and share in group movement exercise. Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese system of health preservation that combines movement, meditation and breathing exercises to promote emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Its gentle nature and easy-to-learn movements make it ideally suited for patients who are in treatment and feeling ill.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Waterloo: Tuesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sep 19 & 26
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Nov 7, 14 & 28
Dec 5, 12 & 19

Reiki

("Ray-ki") is an ancient healing technique. It is a treatment in which healing energy is channeled from the practitioner to the patient who is sitting or lying quietly to enhance energy and reduce stress, pain and fatigue. Reiki is a simple procedure, consisting of calm and concentrated touching, with the practitioner focusing on healing and giving energy to specific areas on the receiver's body.

Cambridge: Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Oct 6 & 20
Nov 3 & 17
Dec 1 & 15

Waterloo: Monday - Saturday by appointment

Tai Chi

This coping skills program is a traditional Chinese system of health preservation that combines movement, meditation and breathing exercises to promote emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. Though traditionally performed while standing, most of the slow, gentle movements are easily adapted for members who find it necessary to remain seated because of illness or injury. Members, family and caregivers are all welcome. If you can breathe you can join us.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Waterloo: Thursday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Sep 21 & 28
Oct 5, 12 & 26
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Dec 7, 14 & 21

Therapeutic Touch:

Therapeutic touch is a healing technique designed to help restore the body's natural and healthy flow of energy. The treatment delivered by a certified volunteer practitioner provides a relaxing experience and improved sense of well-being. Appointments are 45 minutes in length.

Waterloo: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment

Water Yoga - NEW

Water Yoga is great for those living with cancer or post treatment survivors who want to exercise but unfortunately experience pain when working against gravity. Water can have a healing relaxing effect on the body.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Kitchener: Thursday, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Yoga for Cancer Recovery

This coping skills program is specifically for patients whose goal is to regain general health and wellness, and their caregivers.  (Patients who are experiencing significant adverse physical symptoms that require a modified approach are welcome to attend Water Yoga or Gentle Yoga for Symptom Management). Although still gentle in style, it is designed for cancer recovery to provide a fulfilling yoga experience while also transferring skills and techniques to support self-managed yoga practice outside HopeSpring.

Waterloo: Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:30

Sep 19 & 26
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Nov 7, 14, 21 & 28
Dec 5, 12 & 19


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