Yoga for Cancer Comes to Haywood Regional
September 25, 2018
Whether you are a cancer patient, survivor, newly diagnosed, in treatment, gathering strength or thriving, yoga can support active physical and mental health self-care. Haywood Regional is pleased to announce a new program available at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center for the cancer community, Yoga for Cancer Survivorship. This program is evidence-based and complements ongoing medical cancer care.
"Fighting cancer isn't easy, and patients can often feel a loss of control in the very place it is most needed, in one’s body. Yoga for Cancer classes actively support your physical and emotional well-being by offering the opportunity to connect to a presence and safety outside of cancer. Together in class we explore gentle physical stretching and breathing exercises tailored to specific cancer-related symptoms, stressors, side effects, and physical limitations. Yoga experience is not required or expected. In fact, it is not uncommon to have no prior experience,” say Kim Mulholland, facilitator of the Yoga for Cancer Survivorship classes.
Yoga for Cancer Survivorship benefits:
- Invites YOUR BODY to be an active participant in your cancer care plan
- Explores insight as to what contributes to your well-being and positive body image
- Increases energy levels and ability to relax
- Offers techniques to regulate moods and emotion
- Explores body-based methods for coping with stress, fatigue, and pain
- Provides a safe, authentic, supportive community experience
Two complementary classes will be available. Nourishing YOU is an introductory class. This class will be offered every week on Thursdays beginning Oct. 2 from 2:30 - 3:45 PM at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Anyone is welcome to attend Nourishing YOU and participants are welcome to attend this class as often as they would like. Registration is required. To register please call 800-424-DOCS (3627).
“Nourishing YOU is a brief introduction to practical and accessible body based coping skills as cancer treatment begins. If you are interested in continuing to build resiliency skills, information will be provided about our series program,” says Mulholland.
The second class offered is Riding the Waves of Cancer, a four-week series. Each series will be offered once a week for four weeks. Each week is tailored to skillfully address difficult symptoms of cancer including emotions, pain and fatigue. Class applications and yoga skill development offer effective and clear ways to understand and reduce stress. The intention of Riding the Waves of Cancer is to invite feeling the best you can in the midst of daily life. Visit MyHawyoodRegional.com/YogaforCancer for class dates. A physician referral from your cancer doctor or oncologist is required to register for the series. Talk to your doctor if you are interested.
"Our cancer programs are continuing to grow and this program will enable us to further our mission of Making Communities Healthier. Cancer is a scary and unwelcome diagnosis, but there is hope, there is healing, there is a support system for you. This class allows you to get all of those healing factors right here at home. I am very proud our hospital will be offering this service to our community,” says Rod Harkleroad, CEO of Haywood Regional.
Meet the Facilitator
Kim has a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She worked in hospitals, primarily with traumatic brain injuries and stroke patients, for almost ten years before starting a career in healthcare management. She spent 15 years in this capacity prior to becoming a registered yoga teacher. Quickly realizing the importance of being trauma informed when facilitating yoga, she spent 3 years studying trauma and the body. She completed her Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification program through The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, founded by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma. The certification program is supervised by David Emerson, the Director of Yoga Services at the Trauma Center and author of Bringing the Body into Treatment. Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is the only evidenced-based adjunct clinical trauma yoga intervention with methodologies in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, Trauma Memory and Yoga. She is one of only two hundred Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitators (TCTSY) worldwide. Additionally, she recently completed a nine month Traumatic Stress certification program through the Trauma Center. Kim has shared TCTSY with women and children whose lives have been affected by sexual assault and domestic violence at local shelters and with inmates at the Haywood County Detention Center. This fall she will be a speaker at the Charleston Child Trauma Conference and at a Duke AHEC Military Women’s Health Symposium in Greenville, NC.
Kim is part of the clinical team at Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, facilitating TCTSY on the Behavioral Health Unit with patients that have complex trauma, treatment resistant PTSD, or a trauma history. She recently completed an evidence-based Mindful Yoga for Cancer Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine and is looking forward to offering this service as part of our integrative cancer care. Kim is passionately committed to shepherding survivors to a place of hope and healing.