I believe very much in the holistic treatment of cancer. Once you have found a medical team that you have complete confidence in for your cancer treatment, start assembling your team of holistic practitioners who can help you to keep your mind, body, and spirit in the best place for healing.
Energy Healing and Body Work
LifeSpark is a non-profit organization that provides FREE Reiki and Healing Touch wellness therapies that transform the experience of dealing with cancer. You will be matched with an experienced Healing Touch or Reiki LifeSpark provider, and weekly LifeSpark sessions are scheduled at a time and location convenient for you. Family members and caregivers of cancer patients are also eligible. For more information, please call 303-425-5670.
Often cancer treatments are painful, threatening and harsh, leading to lingering discomfort and a separation between brain and body. For cancer survivors, Rolfing® Structural Integration can help create a more friendly relationship between brain and body in a safe and comfortable way. This form of manual therapy and neuromotor re-education helps the body move how its designed to move, and heal how its designed to heal. More openness in the neuromuscular system promotes homeostasis since energy can flow where needed; it also provides natural pain relief as the nervous system is not "on guard" all the time. Rolfing also supports lymphatic system flow, and revives the upper body after mastectomy/reconstruction. Call Dulcey Simpkins PhD, Certified Rolfer™ at 303-916-5487 for a free health history consultation and learn how you can feel more at home in your body again.
Oncology Rehab recognizes the need for comprehensive, rehabilitative care during and after your cancer treatment. They offer Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy cancer rehabilitation programs designed specifically for patients with all types of cancer diagnoses, in all phases of treatment.
Yoga and Mindfulness
Deborah Baker, owner of Park Hill Yoga, is a blood cancer survivor and has over 30 years of continued classical yoga study, practice, and teaching. Deborah is trained to work with cancer survivors and those still in treatment, and she understands those unique demands from the inside out.
Tara Picklo is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist who is dedicated to working with caregivers and cancer survivors through classes and retreats. She teaches a Yoga for Cancer Support Class at the Asana Studio in Arvada, CO.
Breathe Now, a program of the Dear Jack Foundation, utilizes yoga, meditation, and breath work during pivotal stages of adolescent and young adult cancer treatment and survivorship to heal the mind and body and help restore balance and peace. The Breathe Now yoga meetups are complimentary and are open to all young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 18–39.
Strength and Fitness
This free, 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes. Participants work with YMCA staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, call: 720-524-2747.
Feisty Fit Females, a free exercise group for women cancer survivors, meets the final Thursday of most months from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 1341 West Caley Avenue in Littleton, CO 80120. They are dedicated to helping women with cancer be more physically fit and well. For more information or directions, please call 303-798-7614 or 720-635-3823.
CancerFit is a 12-week exercise program designed specifically for adult cancer survivors of all ages and fitness levels. Contact the Cancer Fitness Institute at Colorado Parks & Recreation Association for more information and locations: 303-231-0943.
Sheila Gannon is the owner and founder of Seeds of Nutrition. Sheila’s passion for holistic nutrition began after she experienced her own health challenges. In 2005 she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). After completing both conventional treatment and a stem cell transplant, nutrition played a significant role in her journey back to health. Her first-hand knowledge of nutrition facilitates healing and enables overall wellness.
Sites and Insights offers healing art workshops, classes, and retreats generating hope and motivation to both the survivor and the caregiver. This new and innovative program helps cancer patients, survivors and caregivers with emotional healing through therapeutic art.
Boulder Sex Therapy
Tara Galeano, L.P.C., CST
Many people find that intimacy and sexuality changes after or during cancer treatment. Tara Galeano from Boulder Sex Therapy offers counseling, classes and retreats for people who have had cancer to begin to reconnect to their bodies.
Nancy’s List is a national listing of providers who offer integrative therapies to complement traditional cancer treatments. The list includes yoga, qigong and tai chi teachers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors, health and wellness cancer coaches, psychotherapists, cancer fitness programs, nutritionists, mindfulness and meditation teachers, spiritual guides, and more extraordinary generous people.
Whether you’re feeling excess stress, muscle or joint pain or are experiencing other ailments, the holistic therapies offered at Bridges can help to treat or manage your condition. These therapies, such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, cupping and aromatherapy, are highly versatile and focus on healing the whole person, not just the illness.