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Your Health and Wellbeing

It is the “little things” - a poem, music, a visit from a pet, massage - offered to simply improve the moment, which make an enormous difference. While alternative therapies are not a substitute for proven cancer treatments, they can improve the quality of life for some patients and their families.

Integrative therapies are offered in Providence, Middletown, and South County, RI, and Fall River, MA.

For appointments in
Providence, call (401) 274-1122, ext. 47247;
South County, call (401) 789-2867;
Middletown, call (401) 846-0042;
Fall River, call (508) 235-3500.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, practiced around the world for thousands of years, was developed from traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of symptoms and diseases. The classic explanation is that acupuncture treats energy imbalances in the body and any resulting symptoms by activating the body's own healing potential. Acupuncture is widely recognized for:

  • Relieving pain.
  • Enhancing immunity.
  • Increasing energy or fertility.
  • Treating and preventing diseases.
  • Boosting relaxation and general well-being.

The acupuncturist uses sterile needles the size of a hair to stimulate the body's energy channels. The needles rarely cause any discomfort and the treatment is safe and gentle. Researchers believe that stimulating specific acupuncture points can help manage the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, neuropathy, headaches, pain and discomfort.

One-hour sessions are $35 for oncology patients, their caregivers and senior citizens, and $50 for the general public.

Animal Companion Program

The therapeutic use of animals as companions has become increasingly popular. Animals provide valuable contact for patients confined for treatment and they are known to boost morale, relieve depression and decrease anxiety and stress. Our dog visitation program gives patients and their families a constant source of comfort and a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine. Animals in this program are carefully chosen for their friendly disposition, and they are confined to the areas where patients want their company. There is no need to register for this program, which is free.

Ayurveda

This 5,000-year-old holistic medicine focuses on all of life's aspects - physical, emotional and spiritual - and offers timeless remedies to the stresses and illnesses of the body and mind. At the heart is the understanding of the human constitution. Ayurveda practitioners believe constitution influences functional patterns such as appetite, sleep, reaction to stress, concentration and more. A person's constitution determines the best exercise, meditation, sense therapies and daily routine to stay healthy. The goal is to create a lifestyle that meets your unique needs to achieve optimal health. Individual consultations and group sessions are offered. Call us for more information.

Massage

When the body relaxes, it heals. Our experienced massage therapists can help patients release tension, aches and pains. The Integrative Care Program offers a wide range of massage and massage enhancements. Descriptions and pricing are as follows:


Relax and restore your vital energy with a soothing whole-body massage. Tension and accumulated stress will be relieved with each stroke. This massage uses Swedish-style movement incorporating long strokes and kneading techniques that increase circulation, improve skin and muscle tone, and soothe tired muscles. The price for oncology patients/caregivers/senior citizens is $35 an hour or $50 for 90 minutes; for the general public, it is $50 an hour or $70 for 90 minutes.

Allow your massage therapist to design the ultimate massage experience for you, incorporating various techniques from holistic relaxation to therapeutic deep tissue. This style is directed toward specific areas of tension and imbalance in the muscular system. The price for oncology patients/caregivers/senior citizens is $40 an hour or $55 for 90 minutes; for the general public, it is $60 an hour or $85 for 90 minutes.

Therapeutic essential oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and barks are used with massage techniques to restore a sense of harmony and balance, energizing the body. The price for oncology patients/caregivers/senior citizens is $40 an hour or $55 for 90 minutes; for the general public, it is $60 an hour or $80 for 90 minutes.

Mind-body techniques

People have long used their minds to draw on their bodies' natural abilities to prepare for and enhance medical treatment. Our mind-body facilitator uses relaxation and visualization techniques to help implement beneficial suggests that address your specific concerns. Many have found hypnosis and/or guided imagery reduces levels of pain, discomfort, anxiety, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, stress, and even sadness.

Beyond alleviating these symptoms, the mind and emotions can be directed to create a positive attitude toward treatment and healing, while increasing levels of well-being, confidence and a sense of calmness.

One-hour sessions are $35 for oncology patients, their caregivers, and senior citizens, and $50 for the general public.

Natural skin care/facials

Our estheticians customize treatments to meet your skin's special needs and rejuvenate aging or dry skin, clarify dull or oily skin, or moisturize and calm dry, irritated skin. A multi-action treatment using a pure exfoliate opens pathways and delivers powerful pigment suppressing vitamins and antioxidants to create healthy skin cells, followed by a personalized purifying mask to promote regeneration to revitalize the skin.

We use all natural organic skin products infused with vitamins, fruit acids and bioflavonoids that treat, nourish and beautify the skin. Sessions for oncology patients/caregivers/senior citizens are $45 an hour or $65 for 90 minutes; for the general public, they are $60 an hour or $90 for 90 minutes.

Nutrition and Wellness

Foods can affect your mood, energy level and overall sense of health and well-being. A session with a registered dietitian can help you achieve mind and body wellness, as well as optimal health. Together with the dietitian, you will develop a healthier diet that is customized to meet your individual needs. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of these sessions. Please call us for more details.

For appointments in
Providence, call (401) 274-1122, ext. 47143;
South County or Middletown, call (401) 846-0042;
Fall River, call (508) 235-3500.

Poetry Project

People of all ages and all stages of life find comfort and wisdom in the words of those who have faced physical, emotional or spiritual difficulties. The Poetry Project encourages participants to share their thoughts, a poem they have written, an enlightening moment, or something they have read or heard that helped them. Participation is free.

Reflexology

A natural healing therapy, reflexology is a pressure-point foot treatment with whole-body benefits. Stimulation of these points can release patterns of stress and tension held within the body.

A session with one of our certified reflexologists can also help increase circulation, reduce pain, and promote a deep sense of relaxation and well-being for you. Sessions are $35 an hour for all.

Reiki

Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of hands-on treatment designed to balance the energy flow in the body by effectively eliciting the "relaxation response" to release stress and tension. The deep relaxation and stress relief experienced can help the body's immune response by creating a sense of balance and well-being.

Our certified practitioners perform reiki with light touch to the bio-energetic fields of the body while you are fully clothed. It is a gentle but powerful therapy to relax the body, reduce stress, reduce pain, ease emotional distress, and enhance the body, mind and spirit connection.

Sessions are $35 an hour for all.

Yoga therapy

Yoga works to integrate the mind, emotions, body and spirit. Learn self-awareness through breathing techniques, yoga postures, meditation and relaxation skills. Whatever your motivation or level of experience, yoga offers profound benefits that will affect all areas of your life. A variety of yoga classes are available to suit your specific needs, including Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Wellness, and Yoga of the Heart.

Six-week sessions are $60 for all, or $12 for a drop-in class.