Benefits and Goals
• Increase lean muscle mass
• Increase bone mineral density
• Increase range of motion and flexibility
• Improve posture
• Improve mood and self-esteem
• Increase endurance
You can expect our time together to be goal-oriented and based on your specific needs and concerns. Our workout sessions will include a warm-up, Pilate's, Yoga or strength training, balance and postural exercises, and stretching, depending on where you are physically and emotionally on any given day.
Private sessions and counseling are available by referral & appointment in:
Group and Individual counseling
Introduction to Nutrition
Optimal nutrition is essential to cancer treatment and recovery in addition to other illnesses or injury. Healthful eating guidelines for cancer patients and survivors may be different from those for the general population. The Nutritionist is an important member of your health care team and will consult with your oncologists and other health care providers to ensure your nutritional needs are met during cancer treatment and recovery.
Cancer itself increases the body’s metabolic energy needs and may result in weight loss. Furthermore, appetite is often decreased by chemotherapy and radiation, nausea, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Malnutrition and weight loss may reduce the efficacy of treatment, result in treatment delays or modifications, and impair recovery. Weight gain during and after cancer treatment also may signal malnutrition. Medications such as steroids and hormonal therapies, lack of exercise, and fluid retention may be responsible for unwanted and unhealthful weight gain that may impair recovery, increase the risk of other medical problems, and diminish self-esteem.
After completion of cancer treatment, survivors derive additional benefit from customized eating plans. Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced nutrition program is important for prevention of cancer recurrence and reduction of risk of development of new cancers, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Many cancer survivors also are interested in incorporating dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanical, amino acids, and enzymes into their recovery regimen. With literally thousands of supplements available on the market, a Nutritionist plays a vital role in helping determine which supplements are safe and will be of most benefit to you.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
Our Registered Dietitian will work with you to:
• Evaluate and assess your nutrition risk
• Determine your nutritional goals
• Provide practical suggestions to help meet your nutritional needs
• Design individualized dietary guidelines and menus
• Instruct you on how to minimize and cope with treatment side effects that might lead to weight loss, weight gain, dehydration, and an overall decrease in energy
• Offer strategies for family or caretakers to help maximize your nutrition intake and quality of life
• Provide information regarding nutrition and dietary supplements
• Provide follow-up care as needed
An initial comprehensive nutrition consultation typically takes 80-90 minutes. After a thorough nutrition evaluation and assessment, dietary recommendations are individualized on the basis of dietary history, lifestyle, medical history, medications and treatment. An individually customized nutrition plan is generated with details regarding specific foods, amounts and frequency of eating.
A follow-up visit typically takes 40-60 minutes and is designed to provide the support and counseling necessary to make and maintain necessary dietary changes in a focused approach to each of your specific nutrition and wellness goals
The emotional burden of a cancer diagnosis is just as important as the physical burden and can impede both treatment and recovery. Everyone who experiences this trauma requires a support system, but the “best” type of support depends on the individual. It is up to you to seek out and take advantage of the multiple resource options available. While friends and family often are an essential first line of support, they are not objective and may be less equipped to fully understand your situation than either someone who has been through a similar experience or a trained support worker.
We offer individual, family, and group counseling sessions with a trained psychologist by referral and appointment. The cost of psychological counseling often is covered by medical insurance.
It is important to recognize that friends and family members also have needs and issues related to your cancer experience and may benefit from establishing their own support networks. All are welcome to participate in the support services offered by the Wellness Program.
Dr. Ronald Cohen, Psy.D.
Dr. Ronald Cohen holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has 30 years in private clinical practice and 28 years of Post Doctoral specialty training in dealing with cancer patients and their families. He specializes in Restorative Coaching and has developed the Psycho-Oncology Treatment Program utilizing relaxation training, visual imagery, cognitive re-framing to cope with specific cancer concerns, and skills training in effective strategies to cope with familial stresses. He offers expertise in Crisis Intervention, Family Counseling, and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques.
By referral and appointment
Leonore Rotondi-Salvia, MS
BS LIU; Masters in Clinical Dietetics; Holistic Nutritionist; by appointment at Calliope
June Alpert, M.S., Registered Dietitian, C.D.N.
June Alpert is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) with the American Dietetic Association and a
New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (C.D.N.) who provides individual nutrition counseling. She has extensive experience working with cancer patients and survivors, achieving considerable success helping her patients maximize their nutritional health and well-being before, during, and after treatment. June received her B.S. in Community Nutrition and Health from Cornell University and her M.S. in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University. She is the author of Enlightened Eating for Better Health, a book featuring practical guidelines and recipes for a lifelong healthy eating plan, and has developed an award-winning line of healthy food products. June is an active member of the Long Island Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association and its practice groups SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition) and ON (Oncology Nutrition). June’s strong academic background combined with her compassionate and down-to-earth attitude, promotes long-term relationships with her patients.
By Referral and Appointment
Reiki is a Japanese energy-based therapy founded on the belief that the application of an outside energy source can alter a person’s individual internal bio-energy, leading to a biochemical response that promotes healing. In Reiki, the healing energy flows from a trained practitioner to a specific patient body part to relieve pain and improve motion, to lessen side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, and the effects of other illness or to relieve stress and promote relaxation by combating negative thoughts.
Acupuncture is the use of fine-gauge, sterile, disposable needles at specific therapeutic points on the body to promote healing and engender wellness. Acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for more than 2,500 years and is a core component of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture points lie along a series of pathways that distribute energy and vitality (Qi) throughout the body. Stress, injury, disease, and other factors cause blockages of these pathways, leading to illness and chronic pain. Acupuncture unblocks these pathways and restores the flow of Qi, thereby allowing the body to return to its optimal state.
Modern research and scientific understanding show that acupuncture works through the nervous and endocrine systems, allowing the body to regulate the release of compounds involved with inflammation, immunity, and the sensation of pain.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture provides holistic support during chemotherapy/ radiation treatment and into survivorship. Acupuncture may offer relief of the following symptoms:
• Gastrointestinal: nausea/vomiting, dry mouth, decreased appetite, digestive irregularities like constipation and/or diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain
• Neurological: headaches, pain, neuralgia, dizziness
• Muscular skeletal: back pain/sciatica, neck and shoulder pain/tension
• Cyclical and Emotional: irregular sleep patterns/ insomnia, stress, anxiety, depressive disorder
• Circulatory: cold limbs, numbness, tingling
• Treatment-related: hot flashes/flushes, fatigue
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles used in acupuncture are often no thicker than a human hair, and in the hands of a skilled practitioner, are inserted with little or no discomfort. Patients may experience a slight heavy sensation or dull ache in the area of the acupuncture point, which is a normal response. Many patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing and often fall asleep during treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When practiced by a licensed professional, acupuncture is among the safest medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture needles are regulated by the FDA, and are sterile, disposable needles for single-use only. All licensed acupuncturists are certified in Clean Needle Technique, which nearly eliminates the risk of infection.
By referral, contact Calliope
Massage involves the pressing, rubbing, and manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body to aid in relaxation and to improve blood flow and oxygenation of the affected tissues. Our massage therapists are specially trained to safely work with cancer patients and survivors in addition to other illnesses or injury. They are available to see you in an office setting or in the comfort of your own home.
By referral, contact Calliope
is a nurturing class that includes gentle, healing pose sequences, breath work, alignment, stretching, and deep relaxation. Benefits include stress reduction, discovery of
a calm and peaceful center, enhanced circulation, and increased joint mobility and flexibility. Class ends with a joyful and uplifting meditation.
Healthy Body Workout (and Strong Bones)
is an integrative approach to fitness and wellness focusing on a full body workout and coordinated breathing patterns for each exercise to release stress and
increase energy. Each class includes gentle resistance training to increase muscle strength and help maintain bone density and stimulate bone growth, stretching
to improve range of motion, balance, alignment and core stability to strengthen the back, and aerobic movement sequences all culminating in deep relaxation
Gentle Wellness Workout
is a gentle, fitness class focusing on resistance training for increased strength and bone density, flexibility, posture and alignment with gentle movement sequences
for increased aerobic capacity. Light weights, bands, balls and rings are used. Exercises are performed sitting in a chair and standing in addition to the low impact
dance movement sequences. The class is a lot of fun and beneficial for all levels. The movement sequences can be done standing or in a chair.
Yoga Open Level
a nurturing class open to all skill levels including breath work, alignment, stretching and deep relaxation while challenging the student to advance their practice and
Pilate's Alignment: Back, Core, Ouster. Class
A gentle, rehabilitative approach to Pilates emphasizing spinal alignment and movement techniques for core stability and the correct use of the abdominal muscles
to strengthen and release the back and reduce stress. The class focuses on movements to increase flexibility, strength, mind-body awareness and utilizes deep
relaxation and meditative breathing in addition to weight bearing exercises and resistance work to increase bone density.
Yoga for Joint Strength and Mobility (times and dates TBA for next session)
This class will focus on correcting postural imbalances and releasing toxins from the body. It will finish with a soothing Yogic Sleep for twenty minutes. Through a series of poses, each joint is gently moved through it’s full and natural range of motion. The series starts with feet and ankles, moves up to the knees, hips, torso, and spine and finishes with the neck. This brings about a sense of relaxation as students begin to focus on nurturing their bodies as opposed to their worries or anxiety. Breath work is used to energize and enhance mental clarity. Increases flexibility, relieves pain & joint stiffness, increases energy & a sense of awareness.
Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Qi Gong) are great healing treasures of Ancient China's internal arts. T'ai Chi Chu'an has roots in Chinese martial arts, yet is best known in the U.S. for beautiful flowing forms that quiet the mind, strengthen the body, increase balance and flexibility, and train one to move energy to achieve glowing health.
Kung is a powerful system of healing movement and preventive medicine that uses deep breathing and gentle moving meditation to cleanse, balance and circulate
vital energy (qi or chi). Roger Sencer Ginn
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. (cancer.org)
Breast cancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health as well as an active and supportive online community. (breastcancer.org)
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The mission of NCCAM is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. (NCCAM.NIH.gov)
The mission of the National LGBT Cancer Network is to improve the lives of LGBT people with cancer and those at risk. We educate the LGBT community, train healthcare providers and advocate for LGBT inclusion in national cancer organizations, research and the media. (cancer-network.org)
Cancer Survivors Network is a telephone and web-based service for cancer survivors, their families, caregivers and friends. Cancer survivors celebrate life “by supporting one another, sharing our stories and what we’ve learned, and by living life to the fullest one day at a time.” (ACSCSN.org)
The Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer (MWCABC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit charitable organization founded in 1997 to unite the women of Manhasset, Long Island in the fight against breast cancer. MWCABC’s mission is to fund innovative research, increase awareness through education and provide support services to those with breast cancer and related diseases. (manhassetbreastcancer.org)
Since 1995, The Maurer Foundation has been dedicated to raising awareness through our mission of Breast Health Education. (maurerfoundation.org)
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) is a patient-directed not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 by an oral cancer survivor. SPOHNC seeks to address the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients. (spohnc.org)
SHARE’s mission is to create and sustain a supportive network and community of women affected by breast and ovarian cancer. SHARE brings these women and their families and friends together with others who have experienced breast or ovarian cancer, and provides participants with the opportunity to receive and exchange information, support, strength and hope. SHARE’s work focuses on empowerment, education and advocacy to bring about better health care, an improved quality of life, and a cure for these diseases. (sharecancersupport.org)