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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 :

CIBC
Takla     Foundation

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair for support featuring the many benefits of regular yoga such as gentle stretching, breathing, and visualization. There is no need to get down on the floor, is good for those with knee, hip, and/or back limitations and is available to patients, family members, and caregivers.

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

Waterloo: Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Apr 19
May 17 & 31
Jun 14 & 28
Jul 12 & 26

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.
Apr 10, 17 & 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Jun 5, 12, 19 & 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Aug 7 & 14

Waterloo: Monday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Apr 16 & 30
May 7, 14 & 28
Jun 4, 11, 18 & 25
Aug 13 & 27

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.
Apr 24
May 29
Jun 19
Jul 31
Aug 21

Massage Therapy

A massage appointment is available to patients and caregivers once every four months from our Registered Massage Therapist. An oncologist authorization is requiredfor cancer patients before booking the appointment.

Waterloo: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Apr 20
May 9

Waterloo: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Aug 23

Waterloo: Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Apr 13
May 11
Jun 8
Jul 6

Waterloo: Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Jun 15
Jul 13

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.
Apr 19
May 3, 17 & 31
Jun 14 & 28
Jul 12 & 26
Aug 9

Waterloo: Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Apr 25
May 30
Jun 27
Jul 25
Aug 29

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.
Apr 10, 17 & 24
May 1

Reiki

Reiki 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.
Apr 20
May 4 & 18
Jun 1 & 15
Jul 6 & 20
Aug 3 & 17

Waterloo: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & 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.
Apr 12, 19 & 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Jun 7, 14, 21 & 28
Jul 5, 12, 19 & 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

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.
Apr 12, 19 & 26
May 3, 10, 17 & 24

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. This class is a Drop-In class.

Waterloo: Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:30

Apr 10, 17 & 24
May 1, 8, 15 & 22


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