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- Georgie

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.

Summer Schedule: May – August


Oil Painting
First three Mondays of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Studies show art can decrease stress. Learn basic techniques of painting with oils from Robert Pennington, a local artist. Advance registration is required.


NEW! Block Printing
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Create and print with linoleum blocks, foam sheets and rubber blocks to create one-of-a-kind prints.


Art & Yoga Retreat
Monday, June 5, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, 3S580 Naperville Rd, Wheaton

Spend time creating a unique piece of artwork incorporating the nature around you. You will also explore how breath helps regulate the nervous system and lowers the stress response. Engage in soft yoga postures suitable for both beginners and those with experience.



Acrylic Painting
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Express your cancer experience through the exploration of acrylics, acrylic inks and alcohol inks. Use a variety of techniques, including how to combine mediums and gel to create textured surfaces.


Paint, Print, Ink, Stencil and More!
Tuesdays, 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.


NEW! My Personal Inspiration
Tuesdays, May 23 and July 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Create a motto and share your inspiration using a variety of art materials.


NEW! Your Peaceful Place
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Monday, July 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Create your peaceful place away from everyday stress, anxiety and cancer. Explore and create a meaningful and tranquil place using a variety of materials.


Handmade Cards
Tuesdays, May 6, August 1 and 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursdays June 8, 15 and 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

De-stress while learning the beauty of papermaking. Then transform your unique paper into one-of-a-kind, handmade cards.


Jewelry Making
Tuesdays, August 8 and 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Create beads of clay, wool, glass and paper to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. Showcase your style.


Knitting Circle
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Do you knit, crochet or needlepoint? Repetitive needlework has been found to relieve stress.



Watercolor Workshop
Wednesdays, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Learn basic techniques to create a watercolor masterpiece and let your stress melt away.


NEW! Chalk, Oil Pastels and Charcoal
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn how to create a still life piece of art. Experiment with chalk, oil pastels and charcoal on a variety of surfaces.



Thursdays, 11:30 – 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.


Therapeutic Arts
Thursdays, June 8, July 13 and August 10, 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.

June 8 – NEW! Grief
July 13 – NEW! Learning to Let Go
August 10 – Picking Up the Pieces: How Cancer Changes Roles and Identity


Vision Boards
Thursdays, July 13 and 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Create a personal vision board to kick off the summer! A vision board is a powerful way to visualize goals and stay focused. You will set and prioritize goals, values and intentions to help remind
you of things you want to do, be and have.


Stress Reduction Services*


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 Advocate Sherman Cancer Center in Elgin.


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 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.