Art Therapy at Mass General Cancer Center

The services below are provided by trained professionals from the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program.

  • If you are in active treatment and are interested in any of these services (including drop-in classes), please talk to your care team first, as some services require a referral from your physician. After speaking with your care team, call 617-726-4178 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are a former patient no longer in active treatment and are interested in any of these services, email Irene Martyniuk or Lorrie Kubicek.

For the most up-to-date program listings and information, view our online calendar.

December 2016 Wellness & Support Programs


Services

Acupuncture
Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy flow. It can help reduce stress and relieve symptoms and side effects related to cancer treatment such as anxiety, nausea, dry mouth and fatigue. Acupressure involves applying gentle pressure to these same points with the hands. The acupuncturist will work with you and your care team to decide if acupuncture or acupressure could be beneficial for you.
Provided by our Licensed Acupuncturists: Stephanie Fischer, Regina Gibbons, M.Ac., Hugo Lopez, M.Ac., Irene Martyniuk, Mary Tricolli, RN, and Lien Zayhowski

Available in many outpatient clinical areas, in a group setting, or as a fee-for-service outpatient service.

Art Therapy
Art therapy uses simple art activities to help people express themselves and develop a sense of well-being through the creative process. You do not have to be an artist to enjoy and take advantage of art’s powers to enhance wellness. Individual sessions take place in the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
Provided by Meg Carleton, Expressive Arts Therapist

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy can help to relieve stress, increase relaxation, and lead to a feeling of greater well-being. It can alleviate some of the physical symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, and often relieves pain resulting from excess muscle tension. Speak with your nurse about whether massage therapy might be helpful for you.
Provided by our Licensed Massage Therapists: Michael Keamy, Michelle Boutin, Karen Ingwersen, RN, and Jason Sargent

Available in many outpatient clinical areas or as a fee-for-service outpatient service.

Music Therapy
Music therapy can help by reduce side effects like chemotherapy-related nausea and pain, stress, and anxiety. Music therapy can consist of learning/playing musical instruments, listening to music, creating customized playlists and writing songs and recording them to share with loved ones. No prior musical experience is necessary! Individual sessions take place in the clinic where you are receiving treatment.
Provided by Holly Chartrand, MT-BC and Katya Herman, MT-BC


Drop-in Sessions

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 fine, sterile needles applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate energy flow. 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

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

Qigong
Qigong is a practice of bringing together your body, breath, and mind. It is a way of meditating through slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm state of mind.
Led by Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi 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. Current radiation therapy patients must obtain pre-approval.
Led by Regina Gibbons, Licensed Acupuncturist/Tai Chi Instructor

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