Sigmund E. and Barbara B.
Herzstein Wellness Center
The mission of the Herzstein Wellness Center is to provide a space for healing, revitalization, and hope through education and integrative care for cancer patients and their caregivers. We offer programs that address the whole person, including physical body, mind-body connection, spiritual vitality, and social support to improve quality of life, cancer survival, and cancer prevention.
The Herzstein Wellness Center is conveniently co-located with the Hematology Oncology department on the third floor of the Wyman Building at Mount Auburn’s main campus. All activities and services are open to all Oncology patients and their caregivers at no charge.
Please note: Virtual programs are available Fall 2020. Visit the Health and Wellness Classes to register.
The Herzstein Wellness Center offers a range of integrative and holistic therapies, including Reiki, therapeutic oncology massage, pet therapy, and acupuncture to help reduce and manage the stress of undergoing treatment. Join our certified fitness and movement specialists in a supportive environment to gently tone muscles, stretch the body, and combat fatigue during treatment, as well as to recover more quickly post-surgery. While these integrative wellness programs are meant to enhance your quality of life and sense of well-being, they do not replace traditional medical therapies.
A description of our services and classes is listed below.
Japanese-style acupuncture uses external ear points that correspond with cancer-related symptoms such as pain relief, nausea, and anxiety. Treatments are given in a relaxed seated position or laying down for 20-30 minutes. Our Acupuncturist, Wyatt LaCoss, MAOM, Dipl. OM, Lic. Ac. is a credentialed Mount Auburn practitioner. Reserve your spot online at the Classes and Events Cancer Support and Programs page.
Reiki: Life Force Energy
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that channels energy through the body to activate the natural healing processes by means of touch. Recipients of this treatment often feel a restored sense of physical and emotional well-being, as well as reduced pain, stress, and anxiety. The Reiki practitioner lightly places his/her palms on or above specific body points (head, ears, forehead, shoulders, and feet). Sessions range 15-20 minutes each. Reserve your spot online at the Classes and Events Cancer Support and Programs page.
Come play and cuddle with our team of certified therapy dogs. Pet therapy can offer a sense of calm, and bring a smile to your face. No appointment needed!
Gentle Chair Yoga
Join Bonnie Randall, Kripalu-trained Registered Yoga Teacher for this gentle chair yoga class that emphasizes breath and movement, encouraging relaxation and sense of well-being. Enjoy the calm, peace, and presence offered by yoga, no matter your level of ability or familiarity with the practice. Each 60-minute class consists of four parts: guided breathing exercises, gentle stretches, postures, and guided relaxation techniques. Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. All exercises are done seated in a chair and modifications are provided for comfort. Reserve your spot online at the Classes and Events Cancer Support and Programs page.
Chair Massage is a gentle hands-on approach to reducing stress and managing tension patterns that arise in the body during and after treatment. For some patients, it helps with symptoms such as pain, anxiety, poor sleep, muscle tension and nausea. This service is provided by licensed massage therapists with training in oncology massage. Treatments are given in a relaxed seated position for 15-20 minutes. Reserve your spot online at the Classes and Events Cancer Support and Programs page.
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Programs and Events
Explore a range of topics related to health and wellness at our special events and workshops. Topics include healing through creative expression, nutrition, spirituality, relationships, and much more.
Art is a highly therapeutic form of creativity, allowing the artist to visually create what words alone cannot express. Paint Break, led by Sheri Kennedy, offers a supportive environment where patients, survivors, and loved ones can expressively work through their journey in a shared space. Every artist works on their own pieces independently, but will also have the opportunity to interact with one another during creative, mind-body inspired warm-up exercises. Supplies are provided. Advance registration is required. Register online at the Classes and Events Cancer Support and Programs page.
Mount Auburn Hospital partners with the Longy School of Music to bring therapeutic music to the bedside of palliative care patients to help improve emotional health, reduce pain, and bring a great sense of relaxation. If your loved one is an inpatient at Mount Auburn, speak to your care team or email MAHWellness@mah.org to coordinate a visit from our talented therapeutic music practitioners.
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Make an Appointment
To book your appointment, please visit our Classes and Events page, select “Cancer Support and Wellness Programs” from the drop-down, and register for one of our integrative clinics.
Most services last 15-20 minutes. Please note in the Comments section of the registration page if there is a preferred 30-minute time block within the clinic hours that work best for you. We will email you to confirm your time block.
All services are provided in the treatment room on Wyman 3 unless otherwise noted.
Please contact us with questions at MAHWellness@mah.org.
As a cancer patient, I am grateful for the wide range of complementary practices offered at Mount Auburn Hospital. The range of services allowed me to choose an integrative therapy that worked for me, find a supportive community and encouraged self-care. The Wellness Center adds a compassionate element that helps in negotiating the stress of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and provides important resources for post-cancer care."
Cancer Survivor at Mount Auburn Hospital
Contributing to the Herzstein Center
If you’d like to join our team of compassionate and talented volunteers as a Reiki Practitioner, Certified Pet Therapy handler, Therapeutic Music Practitioner, or Wellness Concierge, please contact email@example.com to learn more.
We are always looking for gently used books to fill our lending library! These books are a welcome distraction to patients and their families during long hours in treatment. If you’d like to donate your previously-loved books, please contact MAHWellness@mah.org.
Funding for the Herzstein Center is provided by the Sigmund E. Herzstein Jr. Trust, the Marino Foundation, the Crivello Fund, and the Hoffman Breast Center Fund. Program support for Paint Break is provided by the Watertown Cultural Council.
If you would like to support the Wellness Programs at Mount Auburn Hospital, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.