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Complementary Therapies

Complementary Therapies

Cedars CanSupport offers a variety of complementary therapies.  Individual sessions may be booked and are   provided for inpatients (bedside) and outpatients (on site).  We strive to see patients and caregivers as soon as possible, however sessions are based on  therapist availability.

Exercise and yoga classes are provided in a group setting outside the hospital.

 

Art Therapy

Exploring your experience in a creative way can be very healing. We can learn a lot from the images we create. We can understand ourselves in ways that words alone cannot express.

Open Art Studio (Drop in)   

This art therapy group is for all oncology patients who want a personal exploration through art, to learn new skills and have fun, and teaching and guidance in a supportive environment. Meets every Monday afternoon and no talent required!

Connecting through art expression for wormen living with cancer  

A group for women to join others in using art and creativity to play, discover their creativity, and learn new skills and/or as a space to explore their experiences living with cancer more deeply.

Music Therapy

Music therapy offers opportunities for relaxation, expression and communication. It provides enjoyment, helps to reduce anxiety and feelings of loneliness or isolation. Music therapy can provide a distraction from pain and discomfort as well as help improve mood.

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is a gentle form of creative therapy which uses the healing aspects of drama and theatre to help people explore their experiences and emotions, gain insight into their responses and  to learn new ways of coping. Drama therapy can provide a new perspective that can help one deal with life challenges.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy offers temporary relief from the side effects caused by treatments. It helps to relieve pain, anxiety and offers a concrete form of moral support. In-patients and those actively receiving treatment are prioritized.

 

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Meditation/Relaxation

Lowers your stress and blood pressure, decreases anxiety, pain and insomnia through simple breathing exercises and mindfulness training.

Yoga

Breathing, meditation and gentle restorative postures work to help the body heal after surgery and become rested during treatment. Chair yoga in your room is also an option.

 

For more information about any of our complementary therapies, specialized programs, or to register, contact Cedars CanSupport at 514-934-1934 ext. 35297