Complementary Cancer Care

Mind Body Classes

Free Live & Online Classes

We offer a variety of free classes for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  Classes are held on-site and/or online using Zoom.  Classes incorporate gentle movement and can be modified according to your level of strength and mobility.

WELLNESS ASSESSMENT with Elise

Not sure where to begin? Nervous about what you are able to do safely?

Sign up for one of our FREE Wellness Assessments with Dr Elise Pearce, a physical therapist who focuses on community wellness.

A session with Dr Elise Pearce allows her to assess your situation and advise you about which practices are beneficial and which ones you should avoid, taking into consideration your goals, interests and condition. Sessions can be done in person or online.

This assessment also qualifies you to try local mind-body classes for free (see below).

Contact Dr Pearce at 814-322-7476 to schedule your appointment.

 

View Elise’s video on Progressive Relaxation.

 

Click on each of the tabs below for more information about our Mind-Body Classes.  Please register for these classes on the Calendar.

TAI CHI with AllenBREATH & MEDITATIONGENTLE EXERCISE
TAI CHI with Allen

Free weekly online class incorporates gentle movements, mindful breathing, and visualization to counter the stress of managing cancer. In this class you will learn to reduce stress with breathing and mindfulness techniques, increase range of motion and balance and circulate blood, lymph, and energy. No prior experience is required, all levels of health are welcome, and the classes are available to patients, caregivers, cancer survivors, as well as any professionals working with cancer patients.

All practices can be modified to a sitting position.

 

BREATH & MEDITATION CLASS

This free weekly online class provides simple and effective breath and meditation exercises designed to release mental, emotional and physical tension. We will use the breath and a variety of styles of meditation to enhance our capacity to be calm, aware and fully present.

ONLINE considerations: Please have a chair close by. Find a spot where you have a strong wi-fi signal and minimal background noise.

Log on 5-10 minutes before the start time. Turning your video camera on so that your teacher can see you is optional.

This is a beginner’s class. No prior experience required.

 

GENTLE EXERCISE

New Class Starting Mid-Oct!  Exercise holds benefits for everyone, and a growing number of studies show that cancer patients in particular can gain valuable benefits from regular exercise. Research suggests that cancer survivors who exercise regularly may feel better, have less fatigue, and experience fewer symptoms after treatment compared to those who do not get regular exercise. When you are looking to start an exercise program or modify an existing routine it can be challenging to know where to begin. Dr. Elise Pearce is a Physical therapist who will guide you safely through gentle exercises appropriate for your needs and abilities.

We offer this weekly class for patients, survivors and caregivers in both ONLINE (you will be sent a Zoom link when you register) and IN PERSON, at 2176 Sarno Rd, Suite 102, Melbourne. Class is ongoing, so drop-ins are welcome, but be sure to pre-register.

ONLINE considerations: Please have the following items close by: Find a spot where you have a strong wi-fi signal, minimal background noise and space for you to move around. Log on 5-10 minutes before the start time. Place your screen and yourself where you can best see Elise and she can see you. 

IN PERSON considerations: Join us at 2176 Sarno Rd, Suite 102, Melbourne. Please stay home to join on Zoom if you feel ill/have allergies, even if you are sure that you don’t have Covid. Please err on the side of caution with this compromised population – thank you!

 

PARTNER PROGRAMS

Don’t see a class that interests you listed on our calendar? Complementary Cancer Care knows the importance of Mind-Body practices for our cancer community, so we’ve partnered with Health First to offer you your choice of local classes, free of charge. 

Participants who are eligible for this program are cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. To qualify: 

  • You must first attend a Wellness Assessment session with Dr. Elise Pearce. This appointment allows her to assess your situation and advise you about which practices are beneficial and which ones you should avoid, taking into consideration your goals, interests, and condition. This appointment can be done in person or online. Call 814-322-7476 to schedule your session today.
  • Based on your discussion during your Wellness Assessment, our organization will fund an introductory package (up to $80 worth) for the local classes of your choice. Note: one package per person.

Some examples of local Mind-Body practices we recommend are:

Fitness

Jeanette Gray
located in Merritt Island and Cocoa
Phone: 407-312-3802
Email: jeanettewhite1194@gmail.com

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Muhammad Haqq
Holding classes in Riverside Park and at The Zen Room, both located in Cocoa Village
Phone: 321-634-4555
Email: mhaqq71@gmail.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/muhammad.haqq

Gentle Yoga

The Yoga Garden
1482 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne
Phone: 321-831-4917
Email: info@yogagardenfl.com
Website: www.yogagardenfl.com

The Yogi Perogi
281 N Babcock St, Melbourne
Phone: 321-345-9379
Website: www.theyogiperogi.com

The Zen Room
631 Brevard Ave, Suite C, Cocoa
Phone: 321-544-8541
Email: cathyandjessy@gmail.com
Website: www.thezenroom.info 

Zumba

Zumba with Virginia
Online via Zoom
Phone: 321-506-2231
Email: virgitropical@mac.com
Website: www.zumbawithvirginia.com