‘Yoga Thrive’ among new therapy programs for WDMH cancer patients

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WINCHESTER — The new Yoga Thrive program is set to begin this month at Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s (WDMH) Cancer Care Coach program, which supports patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. This new yoga class is focusing on how to live well with cancer. The therapeutic yoga program is specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors. Support persons are
welcome too.

Yoga Thrive sessions begin on Jan. 24, running from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for 12 weeks at WDMH. The cost is $95 per person. “Research shows that yoga offers both exercise and relaxation and
can be of great benefit to those dealing with cancer,” explains WDMH Cancer Care Coach Michelle Renaud.

This program is one of many complementary therapy programs offered close to home at WDMH for cancer patients and survivors. Complementary therapies do not treat the cancer itself. But they can help
to improve overall health and well-being. These therapies help individuals cope physically and emotionally with conventional cancer treatments.

Popular complementary therapies focus on nutrition, relaxation, and maintaining confidence throughout cancer treatment. Each month, a Registered Dietitian shares tips on what to eat and how to
control cancer treatment side effects. Occasional meditation workshops are also offered, led by a certified Relaxation Therapist. Meditation and relaxation can help to decrease tension, help with focus
and concentration, and increase spiritual growth and well-being. And the Look Good Feel Better program helps women take charge of how they look and feel during their cancer journey.

Free workshops take place regionally. “Some people feel that using a complementary therapy helps them gain a sense of control and to feel more involved with their health care. Others feel that complementary therapies help improve their quality of life,” adds Michelle. “It’s all part of our effort to support our patients and their families. We want to help patients be the healthiest they can be during
their cancer journey.”

To register or learn more about these programs, call 613-774- 2420, ext. 6798.

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