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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Programs

Bay Area Cancer Connections nurtures individuals who seek physical and emotional wellness. We invite you to participate in our exercise programs, explore complementary therapies like meditation, or attend one of our creative expression workshops. Our skilled and caring facilitators will support you in reaching your health and wellness goals.

“These are the best nutrition classes I have been to!”

Creative Expression

Writing Through Cancer

Second and Fourth Wednesdays
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Karen Newcomb, LMFT

Using writing prompts and pens, we will  kindly and gently explore our relationship with ourselves—before and after cancer. No prior creative writing experience necessary.

Knit One, Purl Two

Second Tuesday 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fourth Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catherine Coe, BCC Helpliner

Join us for an afternoon or evening of knitting! Meet, mingle and trade yarns with local knitters. Have fun comparing patterns, sharing techniques and trading tips on stitches, sweaters, and mittens. Friends and family welcome! Complimentary snacks provided.

If you are new to this addictive, relaxing hobby we have some materials to share and experienced knitters who can help you get started. Crocheters are welcome too!

Snacks and refreshments provided.

Exercise Programs

Yoga for Healing and Recovery

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Jido Lee Ferguson

Light Atheltic Stretch & Release (LASR) yoga using mat or chair, blocks, and straps. Moderate yoga flow for all levels.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Individual Yoga Session

60-minute appointments
9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
*Call the BCC Helpline at (650) 326-6686 to schedule your appointment.

Jido Lee Ferguson

The practices taught in these sessions may help you deepen your breath and body awareness, relieve fatigue and sleeplessness, reduce anxiety, moderate pain, and increase circulation, lymphatic drainage, and energy levels. In this class, you will learn to utilize ten key yoga methods that you can incorporate into a daily practice (if you choose).

*Please note: Due to the limited number of appointments, clients can only sign up for four individual sessions at a time.

Healthy Steps

Fridays 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Susie Danzig, BFA

Bring a friend! Healthy Steps is an exercise program designed to open up the lymphatic system, improve range of motion, reduce scar restriction, and more.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Pilates Matwork

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Rachel Peters, PT, MS, OCS

This class focuses on postural alignment, flexibility, and core strengthening. Exercises and the flow of class are designed to address limitations specific to breast cancer-related surgeries and subsequent treatments. All levels welcome. If you’re currently undergoing treatment please request clearance from your physician before attending.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

First & Third Thursdays
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Linda Adler, MPH, M.A.

If you’ve watched someone doing tai chi, you may be fooled into thinking that the practice is only about slow, gentle meditative movements. While that is true, you might be surprised to learn that tai chi can also be a challenging, strength-building practice that develops not only balance but also provides opportunity for aerobic activity. Join us to learn how tai chi can help you to feel better during cancer treatment and enable you to better maintain your health during recovery.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Complementary Therapy Programs

Mindfulness Meditation

Second and fourth Wednesdays
Introduction at 5:00 p.m.
Meditation from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Dorote Lucci, M.A.

Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives, but this stress can often leave us feeling frustrated, tense, and overwhelmed. It can affect our overall health. In this class, you will learn to respond to stress with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds, instead of with irritability and self-criticism. The techniques you will learn aim to support you in alleviating stress and anxiety. Learn how to be fully present in the moment and focus attention on your immediate experience, to bring calmness and clarity to your life.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Healing & Guided Imagery

First and Third Wednesdays
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Mary Horngren, CMHT

Mary will guide you through deep relaxation techniques for mind and body, helping you to tap into your own healing powers and lower your stress level. CD audio recordings are available for loan in our library.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Healing Touch

Third Friday
1-hour appointment
6:30-8:30 p.m.

This non-invasive, bio-field energy approach uses the hands to clear and balance the body’s energy. This technique helps restore balance, decreases pain and anxiety, and accelerates healing.

Free of charge. Call (650) 326-6686 to schedule your appointment.

Life Coaching

Second Saturday

Joanne Sperans, M.B.A., ICF-certified coach

Group Coaching

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Learn how coaching can help you move forward in life. Each month the group will tackle a specific topic selected by the coach, or address what is happening that day with participants.

Free of charge. Drop-in.

Individual Coaching

2:00-4:00 p.m. (1-hour appointment)

You will have the chance to go deeper into specific life topics with exercises designed to help you keep moving forward to reclaim your power and be your most authentic self. Three free individual sessions by phone or in-person.

Free of charge. Schedule a 1-hour individual session by calling (650) 326-6686 or toll-free (888) 222-4401.


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