Free Services

Workshops to prepare women to undergo surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy

Based on the work of psychologist Peggy Huddleston, a pioneer in mind-body medicine. Designed to help patients feel profoundly peaceful before treatment and create the biochemistry of healing to speed recovery, this workshop is best experienced a few days to a week or so before undergoing treatment, and includes a book and relaxation audiotape for use at home. Consultations are available to individuals and small groups by appointment.

Therapeutic dance and movement classes

Based on The Healthy Steps© Focus on Healing through Movement and Dance.  This program of gentle, therapeutic exercises is designed to help persons who have had any kind of breast surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, and those experiencing lymphedema or fatigue as the result of treatments. It incorporates deep breathing techniques, gentle stretching for flexibility and range of motion, and strengthening exercises, all performed slowly and smoothly to uplifting music. No special abilities or coordination are needed, and the movements can be done sitting or standing. Certified Lebed Method Instructor Diane Levesque-Kopecki conducts the program.

Restorative yoga and meditation

The practice of varied calming breath techniques to help promote lymph flow, gentle stretching moves and postures to enhance range of motion and flexibility, and total body relaxation and life-affirming meditation to aid the natural self-healing process.

Pilates

Pilates is a body-conditioning technique designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body.  Pilates targets the deep postural muscles within the body through a series of exercises aimed at building muscle strength and rebalancing the body.  Excellent for improving posture, strength and flexibility and aligning the body correctly. Pilates also teaches coordination, concentration and control of the body.

Patient Navigation

Newly diagnosed women and men need help sorting thorough information provided by their medical teams, and many can benefit from speaking with another person who has had a similar diagnosis and treatments.  Survivor Navigators, (who will at no time offer medical advice), will arrange peer support, provide emotional support and mentoring on topics such as: effectively communicating with medical professionals; what questions to ask; helpful regional resources; communicating with family & caregivers; use of organizational aides.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage in the comfort of your own home! Medical Massage performed by an appropriately trained professional is well-researched as a beneficial complementary therapy. Massage eases the mind, refreshes muscles and reduces stress. The therapist, Mary Beth Halayko (fully insured NYS Licensed Massage Therapist) will call you to discuss your medical situation and answer any questions you may have.When you feel comfortable, a date and time that fits yours and the therapist’s schedule will be set for your massage.

Risk Reduction Workshops

Workshops teaching risk reduction strategies, such as exercise, diet and alcohol, and the environment.

Zumba

A fitness program consisting of short dance and aerobic exercise routines performed to popular, mainly Latin-American music.

Pink Ribbon Pilates

Pink Ribbon Pilates offers strength, self-esteem and quality of life to breast cancer survivors. Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing after breast cancer surgery. You’re probably exhausted, your arm may be painful and swollen, and the adjuvant treatments can make you feel even worse. All you want to do is rest. In the past, that’s exactly what doctors recommended. However, recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

Resist-a-Ball

Resist-A-Ball utilizes a stability/fitness balland is a great way to get your heart pumping and to strengthen your core.

For more information about any of these free services, please call CRAAB! at 435-1055.