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Stress Relief

The Stress Relief Series at LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, offers our participants a wide range of information and techniques to help alleviate the negative effects of stress and to help eliminate the root causes of stress. The programs provide basic skills in stress management and offer introductions to a wide variety of supportive modalities.

 

Mind/Body Special Presentations


Mindfulness Training
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Reflect on a new, thought provoking topic each week to deepen self-awareness, reflect on how you relate to other people and how you take care of yourself.

 

ART

Oil Painting
First three Mondays of each month, 10:00 am – Noon

Come learn the basic techniques of painting with oils from Robert Pennington, a local artist. Advance registration is required. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Jewelry Making
February – April, Mondays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Create beads of clay, wool, glass and paper to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. Showcase your style! Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Altered Art Photo Journaling
Starting January 2017, Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

People who have cancer and express their creativity through arts have less depression and anxiety than those who do not. Bring in photos from home and express yourself through new techniques to create personalized books, boxes and cards. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Acrylic Painting
Starting January 2017, Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Express and explore your cancer experience through experimentation with design, color and paint! Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Silk Fabric Painting
Tuesdays, February 21 and 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Create a unique silk project in this two-part series. Attendance at both classes is required to complete the project. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Cold Wax and Oil
Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Use different textures, leaves, and geometric patterns to create a masterpiece made of bees wax and oil on paper, Masonite and wood. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Knitting Circle
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Do you knit, crochet or needlepoint? Repetitive needlework has been found to relieve stress. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Watercolor Workshop
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – Noon

Learn basic techniques to create a watercolor masterpiece and let your stress melt away. No previous art experience required. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Paint, Print, Ink, Stencil and More!
Starting January 2017, Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn a new way to cope with life’s challenges using simple techniques for self-expression through art. Find your inspiration on paper! You will be taught new techniques to combine painting, printing, ink and stenciling. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

SoulCollage®
Starting January 2017, Thursdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Use found images to create meaningful cards that express how cancer has impacted you. Complete experiential exercises with the guidance of LivingWell’s SoulCollage® facilitator, Cheri Hunt. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Therapeutic Arts
Thursdays, January 12, February 9, March 9 and April 20 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Each class will combine support, education and an art exercise to give participants an opportunity to process feelings and learn coping strategies. No prior art experience is necessary, all are welcome! Presented by Cheri Hunt and the LivingWell counselors. Call 630.262.1111 to register, or for more information. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

March 9 – Picking Up the Pieces: How Cancer Changes Roles and Identity
April 20 – Perfectionism

 

Stress Reduction Services*

Massage

A light, relaxing massage can be enjoyed by people at all stages of cancer. Massage has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, help with circulation, bolster the immune system, decrease pain and fatigue, and improve sleep. Experience the benefits of massage from one of our licensed therapists. Appointments are available at LivingWell in Geneva and DuPage Medical Group Cancer Center in Lisle.

 

Reiki Energy Healing

Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) is a gentle relaxation therapy that involves a practitioner using their hands to direct and improve the flow of energy to help support the body’s own healing process. Reiki promotes deep relaxation, eases muscle tension, decreases stress and anxiety, improves attitude and increases well-being. Appointments are available at LivingWell in Geneva and Advocate Sherman Center for Cancer Care in Elgin.

 

Reflexology

Reflexology is the practice of applying appropriate pressure to specific areas of the feet that link to different parts of the body and corresponding organs. This technique is believed to have beneficial effects in supporting your overall health and well-being by decreasing pain, stress, anxiety and depression, while boosting circulation that can increase energy. Studies have also shown that reflexology can help lower nausea for those in active treatment. These services are available by appointment at LivingWell in Geneva.

 

Oncology Facials For Skin Health And Stress Relief

Enjoy a relaxing facial specially tailored to the needs of those affected by cancer, given by a licensed, oncology-trained aesthetician. These services are available by appointment at LivingWell in Geneva.

 

*A physician’s release form is required for massage, facial, reflexology and Reiki appointments. Talk to your physician about any concerns you may have; you will need to submit the completed form to LivingWell before you schedule an appointment. Please note that appointments are limited and priority is given to participants in active treatment.