Massage and touch can be important components of the healing process both during and after cancer treatment. A massage therapist from Memorial Sloan Kettering's integrative medicine service gives a demonstration of different techniques that caregivers can use on their loved ones.
Body scan technique is a very simple and foundational meditation practice that can help refine your awareness of the mind-body connection. It can be formed in a chair or while lying down. Daily practice, says expert Robert Schmehr of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service, can help with managing emotional distress and boosting energy levels.
Mind-body therapist Lisa Rosenzweig of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service provides instruction through a meditation practice that uses guided imagery performed in a safe and calming place. This exercise can be performed with a family member or caregiver in the evening before bed to help with sleeplessness or before a doctor’s appointment to help with feelings of anxiety.