written by Denise Stillman, PhD, CSC Program Associate
Cancer is stressful, whether you have just been diagnosed, are in the middle of treatment, or have finished treatment, or whether you are the caregiver at any point in that process. At Cancer Support Community, our goal is to help reduce the stress of cancer. And our movement classes are resources that we offer to help reduce stress.
Why movement classes? Because, where stress is concerned, the mind-body connection is best addressed first through the body. When we change our body through gentle movement, we create real change. And when our bodies start to feel a bit of stress relief, the mind can follow.
We offer multiple guided ways to move the body as part of a stress reduction program – Yoga, Qigong, and Wellness Workouts – and these are offered at multiple times during the week. We have added a Chair Yoga class for members who cannot or prefer not to get up and down off the floor, or who might need a prop for balance. We have special movement classes that we sometimes offer for a limited time. During the month of April, we are offering a Restorative Yoga class on Thursday afternoons.
Check our calendar closely, as we might have added new classes, or days and times may have changed since you last checked. And, as always, our instructors are certified and trained professionals who embrace our mission of working with people impacted by cancer. If you want to try a class for the first time, let the instructor know when you arrive where you are in your cancer experience and he or she will help adapt the class to your level and need. In Qigong, for example, many of our members stand for the class and several of our members sit.
There are indeed multiple classes here at CSC to move the body to reduce stress, multiple days and times when classes are held (so check the calendar closely each month!), and multiple ways that you can individualize your own movement within each class. So, get moving and reduce some stress!