October 1, 2012
Mind Body Skill Class Open to Cancer Patients
A free, six-week class designed to help cancer patients and survivors understand the mind-body connection as they go through treatment or enter survivorship is being offered by Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
“Coping with Cancer: A Mind-Body Approach,” will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on six Tuesdays: October 16, 23, and 30 and November 6, 13 and 20. All sessions will be held at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. Enter the parking lot from Carpenter; parking is available adjacent to the building.
Participants will learn a variety of mind-body practices over the six-week course. This will include how thoughts affect the physical body and ways to work with both their mind and body to promote health. Sessions will include mindfulness practices, breath work, relaxation, visualization, and a loving kindness practice.
Ruta Kulys, LCSW, a certified yoga teacher and psychotherapist at Memorial Counseling Associates is organizing the course.
Registration is available by calling 217-545-7493, weekdays. Class size is limited to 15 participants.
The class is open to patients, survivors, caregivers and family members. Cancer patients are welcome regardless of where they are being treated.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.