#Counseling #Aromatherapy # Animal Assisted Therapy # Acupuncture
An Introduction to Holistic Care:
You Can Thrive! is powered by survivors and volunteer practitioners who provide a plethora of helpful resources. In addition to individual holistic treatments, You Can Thrive! provides educational events, “thriver” circles to deepen understanding and introduce new practices and modalities. We also provide bedside care post-mastectomy, and end of life care. The therapies listed below are helpful supplemental therapies to complement medical care. For those looking to learn more, check out the guidelines and ideas listed by the American Cancer Society.
Integrative Patient Navigation: A unique brand of unbiased survivor-centered patient navigation. Survivor navigators are funded by Avon Foundation to help answer all questions to impart a better understanding of a client’s diagnosis followed by answering questions and giving education on integrative methods that can prove useful in a long-term survivorship plan to address mind/body and spirit.
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant substances, called essential oils, distilled from plants to alter mood or improve symptoms such as stress or nausea.
Acupuncture: An important aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture can be used with many issues. It is also shown to help cancer patients with nausea, vomiting and hot flashes associated with treatment.
Nutritional Counseling: A health professional or registered counselor consults and follows up with clients about their consumption habits. One on one education answers specific questions about foods and helps clients become accountable. This followup has been helpful to clients in helping implement healthier long-term lifestyle habits. They may also tailor eating around medications, side effects from treatment, or other health issues.
Reiki: A hands-on technique in which a practitioner places hands along the energy channels of the client with the goal of inducing relaxed states that promote healing and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Emotional Freedom Technique, or Tapping: A noninvasive technique used to relieve symptoms of PTSD. EFT treatment can be done on yourself or administered by someone else by tapping with your fingers on energy points on the body. During treatment, the patient also thinks about emotional issues and works through psychological symptoms.
Animal Assisted Therapy, or Pet Therapy: Therapists bring an animal to the session to make the patient feel more at ease, and the comforting presence of the therapy animal can be used to help with a patient’s social, emotional or cognitive function.
Therapeutic Sound: Therapeutic sound induces frequencies like harmonics and overtones that are felt through the tissue, water and bones of the body. This helps the body into brainwave states similar to advanced meditation, which are conducive to healing.
Multidisciplinary Exercise: Exercise can help to reduce risks of recurrence of cancer significantly. You Can Thrive! has a multidisciplinary approach, offering weekly classes and a combination of movement techniques, incorporated with the reverberations of a gong and other sacred instruments.