Massage Therapy offers many benefits for cancer patients. It can greatly reduce the stress and anxiety that often arises from having cancer and can reduce or eliminate the pain of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Student therapists who participate in the clinic are among HAC's best, in fact, being chosen to participate in the HAC Free Cancer Clinic is considered honors status at graduation. Being of service is part of the HAC mission and our students and graduates deliver care through Reiki and light-touch massage to clients who truly can use healing touch. HAC has developed considerable expertise in restoring quality of life to cancer patients.
New developments in the Healing Art Center’s Free Cancer Clinic include:
Any Cancer Patient Can Receive Free Care
The Free Cancer Clinic now has appointments available and is accepting new clients. Starting the last week of May, The Healing Arts Center has openings twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. The requirements for free care are:
Now that there are more clinic times, HAC invites all graduates who were Cancer Clinicians to return to help bring Reiki and the power of healing touch to clients in the Cancer Clinic. In other news, HAC has recently started hosting demonstrations of wellness practices for Cancer Clinic clients and their families and caregivers. The end of May marks the end of one school session and the beginning of the next. May 25th, HAC graduated six Cancer Clinic Clinicians.
At the Caregiver Appreciation Event on May 9, Karen Kowal presented Pillosage, a gentle massage method using heated flax pillows to perform thermal therapy to treat tension and pain. She had an array of hot flax pillows, in different shapes and sizes, and demonstrated with the attendees' help, how to use these at home. Everyone was having fun and light refreshments were available. Student clinicians from the Cancer Clinics were on hand to give chair massages to the attendees.
Everyone that was in attendance came away with new techniques for integrating hot pillows into their self-care or therapies.
Are you a graduate of the Healing Arts Center who has already been trained to deliver care in the Cancer Clinic? We would love for you to lend your healing hands to this amazing cause. Clinics are on Monday afternoons 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Wednesday afternoons 1:30pm - 5:30pm. Contact Terrie Yardley-Nohr to find out when help is needed.
Graduation: Not an End, but a Beginning
Its that time again when HAC graduates students and sends them off to share the healing power of touch. Students who have achieved a certain level of academic excellence are invited to train as cancer clinicians and serve in the Cancer Clinic. Those students who choose to take the training and serve in the clinic are honored at the graduation Red Robe ceremony for their commitment to helping and healing through body work and energy work.
We are proud to have recognized these students for their service in the Cancer Clinic:
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