The Healing Garden offers a variety of complementary therapeutic services that address the side effects of cancer and its treatment. These forms of energy work are extremely helpful for anxiety, pain, nausea, nerve pain, fatigue, sleeplessness, and more. All body/energy services are individual 1-hour long sessions and offered on a sliding scale fee system. To schedule contact our Care Coordinator by email or by calling (978) 456-3532, ext. 103.
This is an ancient medical treatment that considers the Qi or Chi as the central energy source of the body’s activities. Chi circulates through pathways called meridians, each linked to a particular organ network. Insertion of needles comparable to a strand of hair, at the meridian points, strengthens the Chi. Acupuncture is a highly respected therapy which has been proven effective for the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, joint pain and fatigue. It can also be helpful for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and insomnia.
Core Movement Integration
Core Movement Integration is a therapeutic movement technique which can reduce muscle tightness and pain by enhancing the natural flow of connected movement through core bones and muscles. Connected or integrated movement is that which can be freely transmitted from the ground up through the body: for example, from foot to leg to hips to shoulders to neck to head. These movements are believed to communicate with the central nervous system to promote the relaxation of contracted muscles, thereby reducing pain and increasing joint range of motion. The practitioner initiates slow and gentle connected movements, within the client’s comfort range. This is passive at first and then with the client participating. Core Movement Integration can improve posture, body alignment and pain issues as well as decreasing spinal compression and increasing flexibility.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that assesses and enhances the function of your body’s craniosacral system. Your craniosacral system is made up of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect your brain and spinal cord. By releasing restrictions in your craniosacral system, CranioSacral Therapy helps to improve the functioning of your central nervous system. This boosts your body’s natural abilities to shed tension, pain and self-correct and has a whole body effect. All that you need to do is lie down and relax on a treatment table in loose, comfortable clothing.
The health empowering benefits you may enjoy through CranioSacral Therapy, include:
- Calm for easier flow through your day
- More effective concentration
- Sound sleep that allows you to wake up refreshed
- Tension softened for a deep sense of physical, mental and spiritual renewal
- Pain that is dramatically reduced or completely relieved
- Increased freedom of movement
- Increase natural energy for all those things you love to do
CranioSacral Therapy is so gentle that it can be used as a stand alone program for a variety of conditions or partnered with other ongoing treatment such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, chemotherapy, medications for pain, depression and anxiety, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage.
The “laying of hands,” is an ancient Japanese touch healing system. The art is in energy focus through the hands during which the practitioner awakens the ability to heal. Reiki lends itself to support the immune system. It does this by supporting the body’s natural tendency towards balance. Clients are fully clothed while lying on a massage table. For those impacted by invasive medical procedures, Reiki can re-educate the body that touch can be nurturing, safe and respectful.
This is a form of Asian bodywork based on the same theory and philosophy as acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese. Instead of needles, a Shiatsu therapist uses hand and finger pressure on the meridians to promote the smooth flow of Qi to balance the body’s energy and bring a sense of well-being to the body, mind and spirit. This is done while clients remain fully clothed on a massage table. Shiatsu is beneficial in recovering from surgery and relieving side effects of cancer treatment. It is a restorative therapy that relies on touch to promote self-healing.
This is based on a belief that human beings have a “life energy field” also known as Qi or Chi that extends beyond the surface of the body and generates an aura. This technique promotes relaxation, alters perceptions of pain, and mobilizes the individual’s own healing energies to restore health, balance and order.
This is one of the oldest practices in health care. The basic principle involves manipulation of the soft tissue of the body for the purpose of balancing fluid and relaxing the body through touch and movement. Sensitive touch conveys a sense of being cared for, which increases your healing energy. Massage can alleviate pain, anxiety and joint/muscle issues. This type of massage differs from spa massage by focusing on trigger points to promote health.
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