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The Wellness For Life Program

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Incorporate a focus on mind, body, and spirit into your care from the day you walk through our doors. 

We are committed to integrating wellness components into your treatment and helping you make healthy lifestyle changes. We want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer. 

Cultivating healthy habits is especially important for those living with cancer and can help you build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce risks of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more. Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition, and mind, body, and spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and weight gain.

In keeping with our mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with experts at the Glenwood YMCA, BLOOM Collaborative, Hope on Horseback Therapeutic Riding Center and The Village of Healing and Wellness to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environments.

Classes offered through the Wellness for Life program provide the additional support and knowledge you need during and after your treatment. Anyone who is living with cancer or a support person can attend free of charge. 

A copy of the full Wellness for Life Brochure can be downloaded here:

To register for any of the below classes, please visit the Registration Desk IN PERSON at the Glenwood YMCA. If you are a current WFL/YMCA participant, you maybe call (814) 868-0867 to register. Please inform the Y what class(es) you are interested in and that you are a Wellness for Life participant.

All classes will take place at the Glenwood YMCA’s Holistic Center.

Restorative Yoga and Beyond

This practice combines movements to help increase physical strength, stamina and mental focus to reduce the effects of chronic stress. It stimulates and soothes the organs by providing a complete supportive environment for total relaxation.

Instructor: Ledys Negron, CYT, RTM, RYT

Tuesdays from Noon to 1:15 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 1 - June 12
  • Session 2: July 3 - August 14

Gentle Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to revitalize your practice, this class provides you with the tools & inspiration you need to make yoga, and its benefits, a regular part of your life.

Instructor: Kim Jaw

Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 3 - June 14
  • Session 2: July 5 - August 16

Chair Yoga

A gentle approach to yoga using seated as well as standing postures. Stretch and strengthen your muscles while lubricating your joints. Learn to deepen your breath and quiet your thoughts. Start where you are – no prior yoga experience needed.

Instructor: Robin Adams

Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 3 - June 14
  • Session 2: July 5 - August 16

Strength and Courage

This class aims to preserve muscle tone and joint motion, combat treatment related side effects, increase energy & self-confidence. The class will be held in our Comfort Zone, a smaller more secluded area that includes exercise bikes, treadmill, and simple to use strength equipment. Strength & Courage will incorporate a little of everything.

Instructor: Robin Adams and Kate Carpin

Mondays/Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Session 1: April 30 - June 13
  • Session 2: July 2 - August 15

Instructor: Robin Adams and Glen Conner

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

  • Session 1: May 1 - June 14
  • Session 2: July 3 - August 16

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Sifu Fred Popeski, 5th Generation of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System, is the owner of The Village of Healing and Wellness and Mind Body Healing. 

Fred has studied the martial arts since 1992 with Tai Chi as his main area of interest. He has always had an interest in helping people maintain health and wellness. He is also a Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner and Certified Instructor, which is a natural healing modality. Fred also holds certificates in several other modalities. 

The combination of Mind Body Healing and Wu Yi Jie He Family System is a great benefit not only for himself but for his clients as well. Fred stresses that while a healing session can be beneficial, Tai Chi and Q iGong allows the client to participate in their own well-being. Fred continues his training with Sifu George Picard, a Four Generation Master of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System.

Qi Gong for Health, Healing and Longevity

QiGong is a combination of two ideas. “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body. “Gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating self-discipline and achievement. It consists of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises. Regular practice of QiGong can help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. This 6 week session will take place at The Village of Healing & Wellness in the Colony Plaza, 2558 West 8th Street, Erie, PA.

Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to Noon

  • Session 1: May 8 - June 12
  • Session 2: July 10 - August 14

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BLOOM is located on a four acre oasis in the center of Erie, Pennsylvania. Participants begin to heal the instant they step on campus, influenced by the picturesque surroundings. An atmosphere of fresh air, running water, colorful gardens and unique architecture together inspire visitors before even taking a class. 

To register: Call RCC’s Wellness for Life office at (814) 836-2643. You must commit to the complete 4-week session. Space is limited.

Healing with Clay Pottery Class

Join instructor Jessie Simmons and learn how to “mold” less stress and more peace into your life by learning the art of pottery. While working with clay, your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative ambitions and goals. Pottery is oftentimes described as therapeutic and relaxing; this thoughtful, artistic activity can open up the mind and relieve you of outside worries. This four week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Clay Workshop at 138 East 25th St., Erie.

Mondays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

  • August 6, 13, 20, 27 -- This session is FULL, thank you!
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Hope on Horseback

Hope on Horseback provides horse-related activities to help overcome physical, psychological and emotional hurdles. This new program is designed to help patients improve their health and overall quality of life in a soothing, non-threatening environment. 

During this seven-week semester, participants will bond with horses for improved emotional well-being, assist with grooming by learning to brush manes and saddle a horse, and participate in riding lessons. Certified instructors and trained volunteers will be on hand to assist riders as they learn proper riding techniques and participate in games and activities. 


To register: Call RCC’s Wellness for Life office at (814) 836-2643. You must set up an appointment to fill out registration forms. Space is limited. 

Please Note:  This series takes place at Hope on Horseback, 7280 Sterrettania Rd. in Fairview. Participants are responsible for transportation. 

Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

  • June 4 - July 23

The following classes will be held at the Regional Cancer Center. Please register online or contact Amy Van Scoter at 814-836-2643.

Circle of Hope Yarn Group

Working with yarn relaxes the body and can be a great tool to reduce stress. If you knit, crochet, or are interested in learning, please join this casual group open to all cancer patients, caregivers and support people. All beginning supplies are provided at no cost. If you are experienced, please bring in your projects and be ready to meet new friends. This group will be meet in the Wellness for Life art area.

Every Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Open Art Therapy Studio

This informal group will allow you to reflect, relax, and have fun while participating in different art projects and learning positive ways to help cope with stress. No prior art experience is needed, all levels are welcome.  This group will be meet in the Wellness for Life art area.

Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.


Massage

Massage therapy can help reduce anxiety and pain, decrease nausea, improve energy and well-being, and provide a deeply relaxing experience. Lisa Mertz, LMT and Anita Gray, LMT are both trained in oncology massage. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.  Please contact Amy Van Scoter at 814-836-2643 to register.

Instructor: Lisa Mertz, LMT

Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Instructor: Anita Gray, LMT

Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Instructor: Lisa Mertz, LMT

Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reiki

Reiki is a system of natural healing that involves channeling energy to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through relaxation and balancing of energy. Reiki treatments can help promote deep relaxation, decrease stress and anxiety, help dissolve energy blockages, and release tension. During a Reiki session with Cheri, you will lay on a massage table fully clothed. The session may involve light touch or hovering the hands an inch above the body. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.  Please contact Amy Van Scoter at 814-836-2643 to register.

Instructor: Cheri Seelinger, CHT, RMT, Reiki Master

Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can improve your quality of life by managing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapies, reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep, supporting normal digestive function and reducing stress. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.  Please contact Amy Van Scoter at 814-836-2643 to register.

Instructor: Maki Kurata, Licensed Acupuncturist

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There will be no August appointments.

Sound Healing for the Soul

Sound healing can clear your energy centers, balance your mind, and energize your spirit. Nancy uses ancient energetic techniques and Tibetan Singing Bowl practices to restore energy and promote healing. Nancy will end the session with a peaceful, deeply restorative sound healing, vibrational relaxation.

Instructor: Nancy Bowden, Certified Sound Healer

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC 

  • Monday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Rest and Renew - Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that balances the mind, body, and spirit. This six-week series will focus on stress management techniques including gentle yoga poses, meditation, breathing practices, imagery, and guided deep relaxation. Feel free to bring your own blanket, yoga mat and pillow if you wish.

Instructor: Julia Hamilton, Certified Yoga Therapist

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC

  • Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Tobacco Cessation

If you are ready to quit, let us help you. This six-week course offers support and will teach you the tools you need to break the habit.  This group will be meet in the Wellness for Life Space at RCC.

Instructor: Jordan Chirpak, Tobacco Cessation Educator/Wellness Coordinator, Multicultural Community Resource Center

Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Session 1: May 8 - June 12
  • Session 2: July 10 - August 14

Wellness for Life Caregiver Lunch and Learn

Are you a primary caregiver to someone dealing with cancer? We invite you to The Regional Cancer Center’s Caregiver Lunch & Learn. Learn about the ABC’s of care giving and what resources are available to you and for you. Bring your own insight, thoughts, and concerns as you meet other caregivers and support staff from RCC. This program will take place in the Main Conference Room and lunch will be provided. Contact Ann Marie Cronk, RCC Social Worker at (814) 836-2618 to register or for more information.

Second Monday of every month from Noon to 1 p.m.

Thrivers

Living with cancer can bring anxiety and uncertainty but, it can also be a time of great personal growth. This informal group is made up of patients who are living their best life with cancer and taking one day at a time... thriving.  Join us as we encourage, lift, and strengthen one another.  Contact Julie Cole, RCC Palliative Care Nurse at (814) 836-5619 to register or for more information.

First Monday of every month from 1:30 pm to 2:30 p.m.

The Breast Cancer Support Group

This group is an opportunity for women to gather for support, to share concerns and exchange information in a caring environment. Guest speakers are occasionally scheduled to educate women on subjects of interest.   Contact Maryann Frontino, RCC Social Worker, at 814-836-2636 or mfrontino@trcc.org to register or for more information. RSVP required 24 hours in advance.

Third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery)

This group is for children ages 5-12 who have a parent, grandparent or loved one diagnosed with cancer. The goal of the group is to help children understand cancer and related treatments as well as help them to express their feelings and concerns. A tour of RCC is provided and participants complete art projects that focus on particular emotions related to a cancer diagnosis in the family.  Contact Ann Marie Cronk, RCC Social Worker at (814) 836-2618 to register or for more information.

Sizzlin' Summer Picnic Ideas

Packing for a summer picnic doesn’t have to mean packing on the pounds. With a little tweaking, you can enjoy tasty picnic foods without compromising your waistline. Join Chef David Turko, MS, RD, LDN, for easy and healthy summer picnic recipes as well as tips and techniques to slim down some of your old favorites.

Location: Whole Foods Co-Op - 1341 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16508

  • Wednesday, August 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm

The Energetics of Healing

As an Integrated Healing Arts Practitioner, Clinical Hynotherapist, and Reiki Master,  Cheri Seelinger has a passion to help others heal on an energetic level.  Cheri will discuss the energy body and vibration, what Reiki is and how it works, and the role our perceptions play in our energy and health.  Research is starting to look at the energy body and how to utilize the healing arts together with modern medicine for better outcomes.

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC

  • Friday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Blending Basics Aromatherapy Workshop

The Blending Basics workshop will offer tips and a creative perspective on mixing essential oil blends suited to each individual’s scent pallette. Lainey Will, of Chicory Hill Herbs, will discuss general safety guidelines and proper dilution when working with essential oils.  Each person that attends will receive a small booklet that goes along with the class material and can participate in crafting a blend to take home.  Space is limited.

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC

  • Monday, July 23 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
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Functional Fitness

Get your body moving in the comfort of RCC’s  Wellness for Life Space.  If you’re ready to get in better shape but, aren’t sure how to start, this is the class for you. You will work with Jake Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer, using resistance bands, medicine balls and kettle bells to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility.  Jake will keep you motivated and on the right track towards better health as you work at your own level.

Instructor: Jake Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer with REAL Fitness

Location: Wellness for Life Space at RCC

Classes begin May 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.