Wellness Activities

Image
First Decents

Meditation Strategies

Duke Integrative Medicine Wellness Strategies can help create strategies to reduce your risk of developing new cancers or other chronic illnesses, potentially reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, and may decrease the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.

Explore some of the mindfulness and meditation strategies below.

MBSR Classes at Duke Integrative Medicine

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. Take a class in-person or via distance-learning.

Five Tips to Build Resilience to Stress

Stress resilience enables us to bounce back from setbacks and grow from these experiences. Stressful times end sooner and calmer times last longer. The Duke Diet and Fitness Center is a weight management center offering comprehensive weight loss and outpatient services that address each client’s unique medical, behavioral, nutritional and fitness needs.

In the video below, learn some tips from Duke Diet & Fitness Center to help you build your "resiliency muscle."

Video


Time for a Massage?

Massage Therapy has been shown to help with easing anxiety. People who receive massage therapy report less treatment-related pain and muscle pain. Massage therapy may help to improve energy levels and improve sleep and it may help manage nausea and vomiting.

In the video below, licensed massage therapist Kim Turk, LMBD, BCTMD discusses the benefits of massage therapy, then offers some strategies you can do at home.

Video


In the video below, Kim Turk, LMBD, discusses strategies to alleviate muscle tightness due to periods of under and over use during these times when seeing a Licensed Massage Therapist isn't possible. [Music by: https://www.bensound.com/]

Video


Give Yoga a Try 

Yoga may help to reduce fatigue associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Yoga has been show to improve sleep quality in cancer survivors.Reductions in anxiety and depression may also occur with yoga practice. Yoga can help improve the quality of life for people who are newly-diagnosed with cancer as well as for cancer survivors.

The gentle yoga class is designed to help you release tension, enhance energy, stretch and strengthen your body, relax your mind and lift your spirits. No yoga experience is required! We do breathing practices and postures either lying down or sitting in a chair and—for those who are able and interested—standing up, holding onto the chair for support. For those who need or want to remain seated, a chair yoga option is offered.

In the videos below, Join Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, Yoga Therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine,  for Gentle Yoga, a demonstration of a Chair Stand Exercise, and some on-the-mat yoga practices to relieve back and neck pain. [Music by: https://www.bensound.com/]

Video

_________________________________________________________________

Video

_________________________________________________________________

Video


What About Acupuncture ?

Duke Integrative Medicine also offers, among it's many wellness strategies, acupuncture services.

In the below videos, Janet Shaffer, Licensed Acupuncturist with Duke Integrative Medicine, explains how acupuncture works and how it may ease chemotherapy-related nausea. She also answers the question, "Does Acupuncture hurt?" [For obvious reasons, this is a wellness activity we can't engage in virtually.]

Video

_________________________________________________________________

Video