Our Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program offers free wellness services, such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, and music therapy, for patients with cancer. Integrative therapies, along with medical management, work with your unique body, mind, and spirit. Join us for this free webinar series to learn more about techniques and strategies you can do at home to help you feel your best. Current patients, survivors, and caregivers are welcome!

All webinars are Tuesdays 7pm-8pm and include a Question & Answer session.

Meditation for Calmness and Healing - Sept 15

Meditation can help ease your mind and lessen anxiety in just a few minutes a day. Learn the basics including mindful breathing and visualization/guided imagery for relaxation and healing.
Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH (Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of Survivorship Research, and Director of Behavioral Research for the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine)

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Music Therapy for Relaxation and Stress-Reduction - Sept 22

Join us as we provide a glimpse into the art and science of music therapy to increase relaxation and reduce stress during cancer treatment and survivorship. We will feature experientials in both active and receptive music therapy techniques, as well as take-home strategies for self-care.
Hannah Shefsky, MA, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist) and Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist and Program Manager, Expressive Therapies)

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Massage and Acupressure: Self-Care Strategies for Peripheral Neuropathy - Sept 29

Why are numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands or feet a side effect of some cancer treatments? What are some self-care strategies you can try at home which can help alleviate symptoms? We will demonstrate massage and acupressure techniques you can do at home to help relieve pain, stiffness, or loss of sensation in the hands and feet.
Michael Keamy, CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) and Irene Martyniuk, Lic.Ac. M Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist and Co-Director of the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program)

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Embodying Mind-Body Medicine: Caring for Your Whole Body - Oct 6

How do you acknowledge and care for your body as it carries you through something as physical, emotional, and psychological as cancer diagnosis and treatment? Through self-care exercises, learn how body work and the power of touch can alleviate pain, tension, and muscle spasms.
Lena Beste L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Karen Ingwersen RN, CMT (Registered Nurse and Certified Massage Therapist)

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The Role of Acupuncture in Managing Cancer Treatment Symptoms - Oct 13

We will provide an overview of acupuncture as an integrative therapy for managing symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia (trouble sleeping). A Mass General Cancer Center patient will share how acupuncture has improved her symptoms and quality of life during treatment for breast cancer.
Mary Tricolli, RN, Lic. Ac., MAOM (Licensed Acupuncturist) and Amy Comander, MD (Director of Breast Oncology and Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham and Newton-Wellesley Hospital)

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Yoga to Manage Cancer Symptoms and Stress - Oct 20

Join us as we explore the science of yoga related to cancer and the use of yoga to manage cancer-related symptoms and stress. We will then offer a gentle yoga practice for relaxation.
Loren Winters, ANP-BC (Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the Associate Director of Breast Cancer Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center Waltham) and Luba Zagachin (Cancer Center Yoga Therapist)

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