Integrative Therapies

Our support programs are designed to help patients, their families and caregivers cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups. On this page you will find details of each of our Integrative Therapy Programs.

Download this listing as a .pdfIntegrative TherapiesThe services below are provided by trained professionals from the Katharine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program. Activities are subject to date, location, and time change. To confirm a specific class, please call (617) 724-6737.


Caring for Yourself
Massage helps reduce muscle tension and improve mental energy. Learn how to use self-care techniques to manage stress, anxiety and decrease muscle tension.
Led by: Michelle Boutin, Licensed Massage Therapist

Learn About Acupuncture
Acupuncture uses fi ne, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy fl ow. Learn about acupuncture and how it can help reduce stress and relieve symptoms, and reduce side effects of cancer treatments.
Led by: Irene Martyniuk, Licensed Acupuncturist

Art TherapyArt Therapy: Open Art Studio
Participants will use art materials they choose to create artwork based on their interests and inspirations. Art materials provided; no experience necessary!
Led by: Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist

Art and Healing
Art therapy uses simple art activities to help people express themselves and can help reduce the stress of living with cancer. Our art therapist will help find the right creative outlet for you, which may include painting, manipulating clay, drawing, writing, assembling a collage or making jewelry. Art experience is not necessary!
Led by: Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist

Music Therapy: A Creative Path to Wellness
Music therapy can help reduce stress and side effects such chemotherapy-related nausea and pain. Music therapy is everything from learning/playing musical instruments, listening to music, creating customized playlists and writing songs and recording them to share with loved ones. No musical ability is necessary!
Led by: Adam Sankowski, Music Therapist

Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help to alleviate some of the physical symptoms and side effects related to treatment, and can help to relieve stress.
Led by: Michael Keamy, Licensed Massage Therapist and Michelle Boutin, Licensed Massage Therapist

Acupuncture
Acupuncture can help reduce stress and relieve symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment like fatigue, nausea, pain and dry mouth. Acupressure involves applying gentle pressure to these same points with the hands. Th is service is available for patients receiving an infusion. Speak with your nurse about whether acupuncture might be helpful for you.
Provided by: Regina Gibbons, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor, Irene Martyniuk, Licensed Acupuncturist and Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Acupuncture Clinic (outpatient, fee-for-service)
Acupuncture uses fi ne, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy fl ow. Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms and side effects you may have during treatment such as anxiety, nausea, and fatigue. The acupuncturist will work with you and your oncology team to decide if acupuncture or acupressure will be helpful for you. There is a fee for this clinic.
Provided by: Irene Martyniuk, Licensed Acupuncturist and Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Group Acupuncture
Recent studies have shown that during radiation therapy, acupuncture can be helpful with relieving pain, dry mouth and fatigue. It can also help manage the stress that is commonly associated with treatment by relieving anxiety and promoting a sense of well-being. Preapproval required by your radiation oncology care team.
Led by: Mary Tricolli, R.N., Licensed Acupuncturist, Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist, and Irene Martyniuk, Licensed Acupuncturist


Movement Therapy

YogaGentle Yoga
Yoga can help lower tension and anxiety and enables patients to settle into a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. This easy form of exercise uses mild stretching and healthy breathing.
Led by: Luba Zagachin, Yoga Instructor

Gentle Yoga for Patients with Breast Cancer
Gentle yoga reduces stress and fatigue in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Th is easy form of exercise is designed for breast cancer patients and uses mild stretching and healthy breathing.
Led by: Luba Zagachin, Yoga Instructor

Qigong
Qigong is a practice of bringing together your body, breath, and mind. It is a way of meditating through slow fl owing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm state of mind.
Led by: Chunchi Zhu, Quigong Instructor

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an exercise of slow intentional movements, coordinated with breathing and imagery, to help improve balance, strength, sleep and pain management. This gentle, drop-in class is open to all patients, families and friends.
Led by Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor

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