Wellness Classes

Sponsored, in part, by L.L.Bean and the Maine Cancer Foundation

For people experiencing cancer, maintaining a wellness plan is a vital part of improving physical and psychological well-being. Some benefits of a fitness regime include: increased lean muscle mass, decreased nausea and fatigue, and improvement of natural defense mechanisms, mood, self-esteem and quality of life.

Experts suggest selecting activities that are comfortable, accessible and enjoyable. The Center promotes the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle with an ongoing whole foods cooking series and alternative and complementary therapy workshops.  All classes offered are non-competitive and geared to individual needs. Through gentle encouragement, participants move toward improved balance, strength and flexibility. Wellness classes are listed below. All wellness classes are FREE. Only those listed in red below and on the calendar require pre-registration by phoning the CCC at 774-2200.

Anusara Yoga

Based on a foundation composed of the three A’s of Anusara Yoga: a heart centered Attitude, a muscular, skeletal and internal Alignment, and the Action used in each pose to create an expression and a celebration of spirit. Thursdays from 9-10 am. Instructor: Michael Katz

Chair Dancing

This aerobic workout is done while sitting in a chair listening to upbeat, popular music! You will get a fun, often sing-along, energetic workout. Perfect for anyone who loves to dance and wants to improve her/his balance issues while seated. First & Third Monday monthly from 12:30-1:30pm. Instructor: Barbara Graham

Crystal Bowl Meditation 

Relax while listening to the soothing sound of the Tibetan crystal bowl. Be gently guided through your seven chakra energy systems, helping you to feel balanced and renewed. Please wear comfortable clothing. Monthly on the 2nd Monday and last Tuesday from 1-2pm. Instructor: Sheila St. Hilaire

Facial Rejuvenation 

Facial Rejuvenation is “transformational body work” & helps a person experience deep rest & de-stress. It offers deep relaxation to the full body & incorporates elements of Reiki & head reflexology on the head, face, neck, & shoulders using a very light touch with organic oils. It’s a time that allows a person to be “present” in order for deep healing (physical, emotional, & spiritual) to occur. Call for a 1-hour session. Preference will be given to those who have not had an appointment yet. Every other Wednesday from 9am-12noon. Check our Program Calendar for specific dates. Instructor: Kathy Tosney, LMSW

Fit to Dance 

This unique combination of Dance Aerobics, Fitball and Strength Training is a powerful way to burn calories, achieve good posture, and stay injury free. Athletes use the Fitball and weights to strengthen the core, achieve power and total body agility. The fun dance routines stimulate the production of neurochemicals that promote brain cell repair, improves memory and boosts energy levels, keeping you healthy and happy. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7pm.  Instructor: Patty Medina, ACE Instructor

Functional Fitness

Join 3x cancer survivor Hannah Friedman for a “fatigue-busting” workout for all levels. This class combines light aerobic exercise, strength training, balance and relaxation. Rejuvenate your mind and body! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-12noon.  Instructor: Hannah Friedman

Kripalu Yoga 

Learn breathing practices and postures to help you stretch, strengthen, tone, and relax. Kripalu is for individuals needing a gentler approach. Feel energized, refreshed and renewed. Every Tuesday from 9-10am and Saturday from 8-9am. Instructor: Maria Sanchez Cron

Meditative Hypnosis

Much like meditation, hypnosis is a state of focused concentration, a safe and gentle process that helps you to become more aware and in tune with your body and mind. Used to reduce stress & support the immune system, it has been shown to be a valuable complement in treating cancer. Techniques include progressive relaxation, guided imagery and instruction in self-hypnosis. Every Thursday from 12:15-1pm. Instructor: Margaret B. Clement, J.D., C.H.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy is based on the human energy field and underlying belief that the undisturbed flow and balance of the electromagnetic energy in and around the body is the basis for health and well-being. This technique strives to clear and unblock restrictions in the energy field, restoring it to its natural state of balance. Monthly on the first Tuesday from 11am-12noon.  Instructor: Doug Reighley, LMT, CPP

Reflexology

Reflexology uses pressure techniques on the feet that correspond to organs, systems and structures in the body. Reflexology treatments encourage the body to function more efficiently and help the body to mobilize its own self healing. Call for a 45-min session. Preference will be given to those who have not had an appointment yet. Every other week.  Check our Program Calendar for specific dates. Instructor: Ellen Klain

Reiki Treatments

A Reiki treatment before or after radiation or chemotherapy may reduce side effects such as pain, fatigue and nausea. Reiki reduces stress, promotes relaxation and brings balance to mind, body and spirit. Call for a 15-min session. Preference will be given to those who have not had an appointment yet. Once per month on Fridays from 12noon-4:30pm. Check our Program Calendar for specific dates. Instructor: Michael Gelsanliter, Reiki Master

Stability Balls

Stability Ball class will help develop core strength, functional movement, balance and muscle coordination as well as improve overall strength and flexibility. Every Tuesday from 7:30-8:30am.  Instructor: Carol St. Hilaire

Stott Pilates

Stott Pilates emphasizes the core principles of breath, alignment, form and “moving from your center.” Increase your flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in back pain or other general pains. Every Monday from 11am-12noon and Wednesday & Friday from 9-10am.  Instructor: Carol St. Hilaire

Strength Training

This weekly class focuses on strength training with TheraBands that you can also do at home! Each week, complete a series of exercises that will work each part of your body. Bands will be provided. Every Monday from 9-10am.  Instructor: Dr. Ben Thompson

Tai Chi for Health

Join EBT (Evidence Based Tai Chi) Certified instructor Jason Ames as you explore many principles of Qigong practice, including body/mind awareness, energy cultivation, and balance. For both beginners and advanced students, this program combines Qigong exercises with an evidence-based, simple, seven-movement Tai Chi form. Every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30pm.  Instructor: Jason Ames

Yin Yoga

The Yin approach stimulates the meridians and organs in a manner that is similar to acupuncture. It stimulates ligaments, connective tissue, deep tissue, and joints in a way that the more energetic yang types of yoga do not. It is not strenuous and very little strength is involved in doing the poses. All poses are seated or prone and are held for five minutes with a focus on the breath. Every Wednesday from 11am-12noon.  Instructor: Michael Katz

“Let Your Yoga Dance is such a great program for discovering your self and your thoughts.  it is very satisfying and stress-free.”

“I can not thank the CCC enough for the gift of special people and especially new friendships.  The Pilates class allowed me to experience a much easier knee replacement.  The classes strengthened me, pre-operatively requiring less intensive PT post-op.  Again, a very huge THANK YOU!”