Mindbody Integration

Breast reconstruction is a journey to feeling whole again. As part of that journey, modalities that address the mindbody connection can help you strengthen and heal every aspect of your being.

Evidence-based Medicine

Scientific studies are now using evidence-based medicine to
prove what many mindbody practitioners know intuitively: that activities
such as meditation, yoga, massage, and acupuncture can reduce stress,
improve physical health, and create a sense of wellbeing.

A growing body of evidence-based medicine proves what many mindbody practitioners know intuitively: that activities such as meditation, yoga, massage, and acupuncture can reduce stress, improve physical health, and create a sense of wellbeing. 

Applying these modalities to patients who have cancer has also been shown to have positive results. Simple activities such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, or meditation can boost the body’s immune system and help mitigate side effects from cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. They can also help you feel less anxious, boost and balance your mood, and get a better night’s sleep.

The Friedman Center works closely with Northwell Health organizations such as the Center for Integrative Medicine and Katz Institute for Women’s Health to provide patients with access to a range of mindbody activities and holistic therapies and treatments.

Sources

  • American Society for Clinical Oncology: “About Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” “Cancer and Your Body.”
  • American Cancer Society: “Coping with Cancer.”
  • CancerCare: “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer.”
  • BreastCancer.org: “Progressive Muscle Relaxation.”

Northwell Health Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine

The Friedman Center has partnered with the Northwell Health Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine (CWIM) to provide our patients access to mindbody therapies and activities. The goal of CWIM is to address each patient’s mind, body, and spirit.

Rather than focusing on illness and injury, integrative medicine emphasizes a patient’s wellness and prevention. Patients are treated holistically in a multidimensional, multi-layered way.

Services at CWIM include energy healing, reflexology, acupuncture, yoga, psychotherapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, massage, tai chi, and pilates. Contact Northwell’s Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine for more information.

Katz Institute for Women’s Health

Get Support

There are many ways to foster mindbody integration. You may have a go-to yoga teacher or a preferred approach to meditation already. We encourage you to use any support systems that feel right for you.

If you need help connecting with resources for mindbody integration, especially cancer-specific resources, please contact [email protected].