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Call the MSK Integrative Medicine Service at 646-888-0800 to start your membership.
Monthly membership: $25

Your home has most likely taken on new meaning lately. As a person with cancer or caregiver to a loved one with cancer, home may now be where you receive cancer support and take care of your wellbeing.

Introducing Integrative Medicine at Home: a monthly membership program of online lifestyle and mind-body classes you can join from wherever you are.

Developed and delivered by our team of integrative cancer care specialists, Integrative Medicine at Home offers 17 different group classes each week plus discounts for immersive small-group workshops. Our group classes include cardio-strength fitness training, yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness meditation, music therapy, and dance.

Classes take place daily through Zoom, a video conferencing service. They incorporate the latest research to help you reduce side effects of cancer therapies and optimize your overall health.

The Integrative Medicine at Home membership combines a personal approach to active learning with a supportive community to keep you connected.

Integrative Medicine at Home Class Descriptions

Learn more about the virtual offerings our experts have ready for you – including fitness, yoga, and mind-body classes.

Morning Meditation
  • Start your day in this group meditation session to connect with your community and your inner self. This class is for people with or without meditation experience.  
  • Instructor: Beth Sandweiss, LCSW; MSK mind-body therapist
Chair Yoga
  • Yoga helps us stay grounded and relieve anxiety. The gentle and purposeful movements of chair yoga bring awareness to our bodies. In this class, we focus on the spine and practice breath work (pranayama) to calm the nervous system. 
  • Instructor: Clare Patterson, Registered MSK yoga teacher and certified Yoga 4 Cancer™ instructor
  • You Will Need: a chair, a small towel, and water to stay hydrated
  • You Must Be Able To: sit upright, lift arms to shoulder height (no IV lines should be present)
Fitness for Everyone
  • Our bodies are designed to move. Exercise improves circulation, confidence, strength, and flexibility. It also reduces stress and anxiety. This class includes cardio fitness; resistance training; and breathing, balancing, and stretching exercises.
  • Instructor: Donna Wilson, RN; MSK clinical fitness specialist and certified personal trainer
  • You Will Need: a chair, a small towel, and water to stay hydrated
  • You Must Be Able To: Move from standing to sitting without assistance; stand securely on two feet.
Tai Chi
  • Tai chi is a traditional Chinese self-defense practice and gentle form of exercise based on a series of graceful movements. It can increase balance, steady breathing, and improve mental function and outlook. This class is for people with or without tail chi experience. Exercises can be done seated or standing.  
  • Instructor: Robin Hardbattle, L.Ac; MSK mind-body therapist
  • You Will Need: a chair, a small towel, and water to stay hydrated
  • You Must Be Able To: sit upright, lift arms overhead (no IV lines should be present)
Music Therapy
  • Take a relaxing and interactive break in your day with an MSK music therapist. Soothing and stimulating music as well as guided relaxation accompanied by classical guitar will help you increase well-being, regulate emotions and balance energy, and connect with inner peace and resilience.
  • Instructor: Alessandro Ricciarelli, MT-BC, LCAT; MSK music therapist
Dance Therapy
  • Feeling stuck in your mind and stiff in your body? Stretch and move at your own pace in our dance/movement class. This gentle body workout engages your mind and body by opening a playful space for stretching, movement, and dancing. 
  • Instructor: Jennifer Whitley, LCAT; MSK dance/movement therapist
  • You Will Need: a small towel and water to stay hydrated
  • You Must Be Able To: Move from standing to sitting without assistance; stand securely on two feet.
Yoga Nidra
  • It’s time to unplug and reconnect with yourself. A guided body scan, breath awareness, and image visualizations will help lead you into a deep, restful sleep. This class is safe for people with limited mobility or for those in the hospital. Previous yoga experience is not required. 
  • Instructor: Clare Patterson, registered MSK Yoga Teacher and Yoga 4 Cancer™ certified instructor
Evening Meditation
  • Wind down from your busy day and prepare for a restful night of sleep. In this group meditation session, you will take time to connect with your community and your inner self. This class is for people with or without meditation experience.  
  • Instructor: Beth Sandweiss, LCSW; MSK mind-body therapist

What Our Participants Are Saying

  • “Terrific class. Thanks for your positive energy and spirit.”
  • “Thank you so much for helping me move more and giving me moments of peace.”
  • “Dance is good for the soul and healing!”
  • “The most joyful moments of my week”

Virtual Class Schedule

Monday
  • 8:30 am to 9:15 am: Fitness for Everyone
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Morning Meditation
  • 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm: Dance Therapy
Tuesday
  • 9:30 am to 10:15 am: Tai Chi
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Chair Yoga
Wednesday
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Fitness for Everyone
  • 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Tai Chi
  • 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm: Music Therapy
Thursday
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Morning Meditation
  • 11:00 am to 11:30 am: Fitness for Everyone
  • 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm: Yoga Nidra
Friday
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Fitness for Everyone
  • 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Dance Therapy
  • 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm: Music Therapy
Saturday
  • 9:30 to 10:15 am: Tai Chi
Sunday
  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am: Chair Yoga
  • 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm: Evening Meditation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual class?

A virtual class is when your instructor uses a computer or smart device (smartphone or tablet) to lead a group without anyone having to travel to their office. During your virtual class, you will see your instructor on the screen. Your instructor will teach you exercises, movements, or other tools for you to use for self-care. Your class won’t be recorded or added to your medical record.

How many classes are included with my membership?

With a monthly Integrative Medicine at Home membership, there is no limit to the number of weekly classes you can take. We offer 17 classes every week.

Do I need to register in advance for a virtual class?

We ask all members to register for the classes they wish to take in advance. You can register for the classes you want at the time you start or renew your membership. You only have to register for classes one time. You will be added to class every week, unless you cancel your membership.

What do I need to participate in virtual classes?

You will need to download the Zoom application onto your device and register for a Zoom account if you do not already have one. The Zoom application can be downloaded onto your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

How to download and use Zoom on your personal computer (PC)

  1. Open your computer’s internet browser and go to the Zoom website at www.zoom.us/download.
  2. On the Download Center page, find the heading “Zoom Client for Meetings” section.
  3. Click the blue “Download” tab
  4. The Zoom app will then begin downloading onto your PC.
  5. When you join your virtual class, the Zoom app will automatically open.

How to download and use Zoom on your Mac:

  1. Open your computer’s internet browser and go to the Zoom website at www.zoom.us/download.
  2. On the Download Center page, find the heading “Zoom Client for Meetings” section.
  3. Click the blue “Download” tab
  4. Double click the downloaded file. It is typically saved to your Downloads folder.
  5. Once the installer opens, click “Continue” to install.
  6. The Zoom app will then begin downloading onto your Mac.
  7. When you join your virtual class, the Zoom app will automatically open.

How to download and use Zoom on your smartphone or tablet:

  1. If you already have a link to the Zoom meeting, when you click on it, Zoom will ask you to download the app.
  2. If you would like to download the free iOS app before your Zoom call, you can get it on the App Store.
  3. If you don’t have a link, you can join a Zoom call by entering the meeting ID.
Will my information stay private?

Yes. Virtual classes meet the strict standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This means your privacy is protected just like all your in-person visits. Virtual classes are kept secure by requiring registration and using a password. Participants are not visible to each other, or to the instructor, unless they reset their video settings manually.

You also have the option to rename or hide your name while in a virtual class.

  1. To learn how to update your Zoom profile name, click here.
  2. To learn how to change your name while attending a virtual class, click here.
Will the instructor be able to see and talk to me during the virtual class?

You can opt in to be seen on video. Your microphone will be muted. The instructor and other participants are only able to see you when your camera is enabled. If you need to ask a question at any time during the virtual class, you can use the chat function.