At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we offer nurturing, research-backed private therapies, group classes, and workshops to help you feel like yourself during and after treatment. These include acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, and exercise.
Some integrative medicine services are available throughout the tristate area. Visit us in Manhattan or at one of our outpatient locations in New Jersey, on Long Island, or in Westchester.
Acupuncture is a drug-free option to help control and improve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, or following surgery.
Our doctors and research scientists evaluate this integrative therapy in clinical trials and with functional MRI tests. Results of these studies show acupuncture is safe and effective for treating:
- hot flashes
- dry mouth
- nausea and vomiting
Learn more about acupuncture in our About Herbs online library.
Held in a spacious and relaxing room, community acupuncture sessions accommodate up to six people at a time. This appointment style helps us treat more people in need and also lowers your out-of-pocket expenses. Everyone must have at least one private session with one of our acupuncturists before joining a community session.
Some health insurance plans are beginning to include acupuncture, but coverage varies a great deal. Before you schedule an appointment, call your insurance company to understand what portion of your acupuncture costs may or may not be covered. We will ask you to pay for the cost of the treatment when you check in and will provide you with a receipt to submit to your health insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Individual First Session, $130
Follow-up session, $105
Community acupuncture, $65
Living with a serious illness is disruptive for you and your loved ones. It is normal to feel overwhelmed while you cope with changes during cancer therapy and after treatment ends. Learning and practicing mind-body therapies can help you build resilience to bounce back from this difficult experience. Many research studies have demonstrated mind-body activities lead to healthier sleep habits, and improvements in how you manage stress.
Led by our experienced mind-body therapists, MSK offers a variety of group meditation workshops, private sessions, and even online classes. These events are open to everyone affected by cancer – patients, survivors, and caregivers. Learn more about our upcoming series.
To help you build your own mindfulness practice, we provide a Meditation Station on our website. It is a series of recorded meditation practices and soothing music to help you rest, relieve anxiety, and feel good. You can enjoy these recordings from any computer, tablet or mobile device with internet access.
Exercise & Movement
Exercise will help you knock out fatigue, move with ease, and help you and feel stronger in mind, body & spirit. With guidance and encouragement from our certified fitness instructor, you will strengthen weakened muscles, protect bone density, manage your weight, and improve balance. Coming to an Integrative Medicine class provides a fun and supportive community where you can exercise at your own pace and with people going through the same challenges.
We offer group classes and personal training services that are safe and fun for people of all ages and abilities. See our group class offerings.
Yoga therapy is a new service at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Different from a general group class, yoga therapy is a more personalized experience. A trained yoga therapist evaluates your posture, breathing patterns, flexibility, and range of motion. They will make recommendations and will use a unique combination of yoga positions and meditation to help you improve.
Awareness of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, reconstruction and long-term side effects are carefully considered to help support a safe therapeutic experience.
Yoga therapy helps:
- Improved sleep
- Reduce stress
- Reduce fatigue
- Decrease depression and anxiety
- Improve symptoms associated with chemotherapy
Group exercise classes, $25
Personal training (one-hour), $145
Private yoga therapy (one-hour) $145
Private Fitness Passport (ten one-hour personal training sessions), $1,350
Passport to Fitness (ten group exercise classes), $225
Oncology Massage Therapy
Junior Massage Therapist, $125
Senior Massage Therapist, $145
Oncology massage is specially tailored to the needs of people who’ve undergone treatment for cancer. Our massage therapists help you move and function better so you can feel relief from pain, muscle tension and post-operative discomfort. They have advanced training and can safely provide care that considers the complications of cancer and its treatments. Massage therapy is personalized to every patient and their goals. Oncology massage is helpful for:
- Neuropathy symptoms
- Improving mood