Lifestyle Wellness

Portrait of two aged females doing yoga exercise in sport gym

Lifestyle programs encompass:

  • all of our exercise classes
  • our upcoming nutrition program and cooking classes
  • programs dedicated to the arts, such as:
    • music therapy
    • drumming
    • art therapy

An Afternoon of Fun and Games

Description: Set aside your worries and join us for an afternoon of fun and laughter!  Bingo, memory games, broken telephone, card games and more.  Who knows what sort of shenanigans we may get up to?!  It is the perfect antidote to gloomy days.

Registration: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitators: Barb Franks-McNaughton, Sonja Shepherd and Stephanie Hamilton

Aquatic Lymphatic Therapy Program

Description: The Aquatic Lymphatic Therapy Program is designed to teach participants to use the properties of water to assist in the movement of lymphatic fluid in the body. Dorit Tidhar developed a series of movements and exercises proven to soften and mobilize fluid. It is a powerful tool for the patient who wants to become more active and independent. This program will be offered once a week for a 6 week cycle in the pool.

Register:  This program is offered twice per year, and is open to any member who has attended the Lymphedema Education and Assessment Program (LEAP) at Hearth Place.  Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to inquire about the next session.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator: Jason Mandalentsis

Bouncing Back

Description: A guide to beginning your NEW relationship with work and the workplace after a cancer diagnosis. This program is for anyone who has recently returned to work, or is planning to return to work in the next year. This is a 9 week program facilitated by a Life Coach. Some topics that will be covered include exploring and redefining yourself and your role in the workplace, setting boundaries and ensuring time for self-care, exploring the rewards and challenges of returning to work, finding purpose and meaning in work and following your heart’s calling.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Brain Fog Workshop

Description: In this 8 session workshop you will improve the way you think by enhancing your memory, planning, organizing, and word finding abilities.  Participants will be asked to make a commitment to attend all of the sessions.

Additional Links : http://www.maximumcapacity.org

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitator: Andrea Shaw

Breathing Spaces

Description: Breathing Spaces are an ongoing gathering of women dedicated to enriching their own lives and the lives of others by regularly nurturing themselves, mind, body and spirit. Participants are invited to step into a space that is welcoming, warm and nurturing, to experience the peace that lives in the still place within.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Do It With Ease

Description: An exercise program designed to help regain and maintain range of motion, build core strength and maintain physical fitness. All routines taught in Do It With Ease are designed for those who have had cancer surgery, node dissection, radiation, chemotherapy, or who suffer from chronic fatigue. Designed and led by a physiotherapist.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator : Treena Terry

Gentle Yoga

Description: This is a gentle exercise program for people living with cancer. Experience all the benefits of gentle yoga in a program designed for bodies under stress. Increase vitality, refresh your body mind and spirit and learn gentle, relaxing postures to help reduce stress. Yoga mats, blankets and pillows are provided or you may bring your own. Loose clothing is recommended.

Register : Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator: Trudie Zavadovics

Look Good Feel Better

Description: The Look Good Feel Better program assists women in learning how to manage appearance-related side effects of cancer and its treatments. Workshops provide a safe and supportive environment where women benefit from the support and shared experiences of other women living with cancer, and also have the opportunity to learn makeup tips, hair alternatives, nail and skin care practices and cosmetic hygiene. Look Good Feel Better workshops are delivered by certified cosmetic industry volunteers, together with host site facilities and caring community partners. A program of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrances Association Foundation.

Register: http://www.lgfb.ca   (Select “register for a workshop”, select “Ontario”, select “Oshawa” and there you will see the workshops offered at Hearth Place).  All registrations must be done online now.

Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 for assistance in registering, or for more information.

Lymphedema Education and Assessment Program LEAP

Description: This is a lymphedema clinic for members who have developed lymphedema as a result of cancer treatments.  Our goal is to provide accessible early assessment, education, and support for people at risk of, or living with lymphedema related to a cancer diagnosis.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to schedule an appointment for this program.

Schedule: Appointments are available on the first and third Monday of each month.

Facilitator: Jason Mandalentsis RMT MLD/CDT ALT RYT

Massage Therapy by appointment

Description: Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved, and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.

Register: Massage Therapy is offered by appointment only. Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to make an appointment.

Reflexology by appointment

Description: Foot and hand reflexology is based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all body parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques, results in stress reduction causing a physiological change in the body.

Register: Reflexology is offered by appointment only. Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to make an appointment.

Reiki by appointment

Description: Reiki is a gentle, vibrational/spiritual, hands-on healing practice. It involves a light non-invasive touch on your fully clothed body. It is administered in a sitting or lying down position.

Reiki can help:

  • Aid in healing illness, injury or trauma -Decrease levels of stress hormones
  • Energize your body for days -Give you a sense of harmony and balance
  • Improve immune response -Promote overall health and well-being
  • Regulate blood pressure / heart rate -Relax you significantly
  • Relieve stress, depression and fatigue
  • Subjectively improve acute or chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Promote a sense of wellness and relaxation by working with the body’s flow of energy.

Register: Reiki is offered by appointment only. Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to make an appointment.

Sharing Circle for Health and Wellness

Description: The Sharing Circle is an Indigenous approach to holistic health and wellness. It is an opportunity for anyone who wants to share their life experiences and learn from others about holistic health approaches. It is interactive and provides an opportunity to connect with others.

Spiritual in nature, the program addresses the emotional needs of all who participate. If you just want to come and listen that is okay too!

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitator: Kathy MacLeod-Beaver

Tai Chi

Description: Tai Chi is a gentle moving meditation of body and spirit.  It is a low impact movement class and suitable for all fitness levels.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator: Rick Kent

The Flowering House

Description: This program is based on Life Coach Paige Stirling Fox’s book  The Flowering House.  Through a series of exercises including journaling, mindfulness activities, group discussion and more, Paige will help participants increase self-awareness, self-nurturance and inner peace.  The program is intended to assist you to breathe, be present and awaken more fully to your authentic truth.  It provides guidance for those who long to more fully express their purpose.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Therapeutic Touch by appointment

Description: Therapeutic Touch® is a consciously-directed process during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process. It is administered with the intent to enable people to re-pattern their energy field toward wholeness and health, thereby enhancing the client’s own ability to heal. Therapeutic Touch® can be used as a complement to other interventions. Therapeutic Touch® can be done with no physical touching, or with light touch on the shoulders, arms and legs. Therapeutic Touch® is effective in eliciting a relaxation response, reducing anxiety, changing the perception of pain, facilitating the body’s natural restorative process, bringing about an improved sense of well-being, and providing comfort during distressing circumstances.

Register: Therapeutic Touch® is offered by appointment only. Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to make an appointment.

Walk Club

Description: Enjoy the benefits of walking with the companionship of other members of Hearth Place.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator: Carole Keys

Yoga Nidra

Description: Yoga Nidra is a short series of soft movements, followed by a meditation.  The practice focusses on deep relaxation to help promote sleep, and relieve general levels of anxiety by calming the mind.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Register:Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register.

Facilitator: Amanda Baric

Zumba Gold

Description: Zumba is a dance based fitness class suitable for any fitness level.  Our classes are designed specifically for those in treatment or who have recently completed treatment.  It is intended to be a fun and gentle hour during which we can dance and laugh together.  No experience or dance skills are required.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie@hearthplace.org to register for this program.

A doctor’s note is required to participate. 

Facilitator: Katie Bonikowsky