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Integrative Healing Services: Complementary Medicine, Educational Programs, and Support Groups

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Integrative Healing ServicesIntegrative Healing Services at Valley offer therapies that have been proven by national research studies to be effective in reducing fatigue, anxiety, stress and pain perception, enhancing relaxation, and creating a sense of well-being.


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For more information (including fees), to register for a class, or to make an appointment for a service, please call 201-634-5325 or email


Yoga is a series of gentle and restorative poses, guided relaxation, breathing techniques and basic meditation. Yoga has been shown to produce measurable physiological changes in the mind/body by promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation. It has especially been known to reduce anxiety and stress and can improve strength and flexibility.

Available yoga classes include Beginner I, Beginner II and Intermediate, as well as Yoga Therapy for Strengthening.

All classes are taught by a certified structural yoga therapist and are held at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, located at 113 Cottage Place

T’ai Chi Chih

T’ai Chi Chih is a series of 20 simple, slow, gentle and continuous movements that build upon strength and improve balance. Its goal is to accumulate, balance and circulate internal energy, or “chi,” through the meridians (energy pathways). When the chi is allowed to flow freely, there is no tension in the body. The mind, too, becomes calm, and an inner peace is realized. Other benefits of T'ai Chi Chih include reduced stress, better balance, spine strength, greater flexibilty, improved focus and creativity, and increased energy. People of all ages can easily learn T'ai Chi Chih.

Beginner and Intermediate T'ai Chi Chih classes are available. To register for the intermediate class, students must have completed at least two beginner courses and know all of the movements.  Sessions run for eight weeks, and each class is one hour and 15 minutes.  You must register for all 8-weeks of the series to participate.

All courses are held at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, located at 113 Cottage Place, and are led by Dorene Krause, an accredited T'ai Chi Chih instructor. 

Visualization/Guided Imagery

Visualization and guided imagery can help tap into inner strengths and other qualities that can empower individuals to cope with life stressors. Participants are lead through the guided imagery and relaxation techniques surrounded by the sounds of soothing music. An individual can learn to relax and work toward reducing, modifying, and/or eliminating pain and other symptoms.  This session is held at the Luckow Pavilion.  Call 201-634-5787 before attending for the first time.  There is no fee for this.


Therapeutic Massage

Massage acts directly on the nervous system to activate the opposite of the “fight or flight” stress response. Massage increases circulation and, in turn, cleanses the body of waste products that can make you feel fatigued, combats edema, and bathes your cells in the nutrients needed to repair day-to-day wear and tear. Increased oxygen throughout the body and to the brain also helps to improve your mental alertness. These factors, combined with the sense of well-being that deep relaxation brings, can increase your energy level, improve sleep, and reduce daily stress.  These services are offered at a decreased fee for our cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Nutrition Counseling

Better nutrition means better outcomes. During private sessions with our Registered Dietitian, personalized nutrition plans are developed to meet an individual’s special needs and long-term goals. Eating a healthier diet will lower the risk of many diseases and other health problems. Better nutrition improves quality of life.  Call 201-634-5371.  A dietitian is also available for consults in the Radiation and Infusion areas while you are receiving cancer treatment at the Luckow Pavilion.

Support Groups

Support groups help participants face stressful situations, learn from others in similar situations, and provide an opportunity to learn about ways to cope and develop inner strength.  Current group offerings include: Young Women's Breast Cancer Support Group (for women 45 and under); Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group; Life After Cancer Treatment Support Group; and Living With Cancer Support Group.  Groups are open to all patients, regardless of where they receive treatment.

Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to improve your health. Trying to quit smoking cigarettes or using any tobacco product can be a real challenge. No matter how long you’ve smoked or how often you’ve tried to quit, it’s never too late to try again. Convenient, effective, and professional counseling is offered with our Tobacco Dependence Treatment Specialist on an individualized basis.  Call 201-447-8612 or email

The Boutique for Integrative Healing

The Boutique for Integrative Healing provides education, support, and products for men and women who are undergoing and recovering from treatment for cancer.  Certified breast fitters are available by appointment to assist with fittings for bra or breast protheses.  Hair care products and coverings are also available.  Call 201-634-5325 to make an appointment.

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