What is Integrative Health?
- Massage, acupuncture, yoga, and other supportive modalities to help you cope better with your diagnosis, symptoms and side effects
- Tailored treatment plans that use a whole-person approach to symptom management
- Can be utilized at different stages of your cancer journey: at time of new diagnosis, pre- or post-surgery, during active chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or post-treatment for ongoing support
- Coordinated with your MD, NP, and other members of your cancer treatment team to ensure open communication, safety and effectiveness
- Available to registered patients of the Clinical Cancer Center and their caregivers
Acupuncture can be helpful for patients experiencing chemo-related hot flashes, pain management, radiation-related dry mouth and fatigue. Disposable, stainless steel needles that are slightly thicker than a human hair are inserted into the skin at strategic points to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.
Research suggests that massage therapy can help with symptom management and stress-reduction for clients coping with cancer. Oncology massage can be focused on a specific problem area, such as the hands and feet, or can address the whole body to promote comfort and relaxation. Most clients undergoing active cancer treatment will receive modified, light-touch massage in consultation with their physician.
Gentle Styles of Massage and Energetic Touch
Some of our massage therapists specialize in these gentle techniques, which are offered on a limited basis according to the individual therapist’s schedule.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of touch therapy, which is performed with the client fully clothed. Using a soft touch about the weight of a nickel, CST practitioners release restrictions in the membranes around the central nervous system to improve its functioning.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Performed by a massage therapist with advanced certification, this style of massage is designed to help prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissues of the body. The technique, which is light and rhythmic, assists the lymphatic system by helping return lymph fluid back into the circulatory system.
Reiki is a light touch, hands-on treatment that encourages the body to achieve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance.
Caring for someone with cancer is often stressful. We are here to help. Caregivers of registered Perlmutter Cancer Center patients are welcome to book massage therapy or acupuncture appointments with our practitioners. You can even schedule a treatment for yourself during your loved one’s visit to the cancer center.
Yoga is a mind-body practice which has been proven to help people living with cancer to manage stress, build strength, and sleep more restfully. Our classes are designed with these principles in mind, but each class has a specific framework and unique approach. This program is partially funded with support from Jack Gordon. Advance registration one week before class is required.
Gentle Yoga with Marisa Sullivan
Monday evenings at 6 p.m.
Class Goal: Relaxation
This class will lead participants to a friendly and sweet approach to their bodies, and cultivate mindful awareness of the present moment. We will use gentle stretches, deep breathing, and refreshing and relaxing movements. All classes will begin and end with loving-kindness reflections and positive thinking exercises. Participants can choose to sit in a chair or on the floor.
Therapeutic Yoga with Patricia Sanzone
Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.
Class Goal: Strength and Flexibility
Designed to help participants gain strength and flexibility, develop focus and concentration, and experience deep relaxation and overall well-being, this class is suitable for beginners as well as those who are familiar with yoga. All seated postures can be performed on the floor or on a chair.
Availability and Pricing
The Integrative Health Program is for registered patients of the Perlmutter Cancer Center and their caregivers.
Our offices are located on the 4th floor of the 160 East 34th Street, to the left as you exit the elevator. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Limited weekday evening appointments are also available.
All treatments must be paid for at the time of service, before the session. We accept cash, checks, major credit cards, and Flexible Spending Account cards.
Acupuncture and massage therapy for medical reasons are considered FSA-eligible expenses. We can assist you in obtaining a letter of medical necessity from your oncologist. Although most insurance plans do not cover these modalities, please check with your insurance company to see if your plan includes our services. If it does, we will provide you with all the necessary documentation to apply for reimbursement.
Prices are subject to change.
Gary Brownlee, LMT
Rebecca Smith, LMT
Grazia Della Terza, LMT