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Weekly Chi Kung Class Available to Cancer Patients at Saint Barnabas Medical Center


A cancer diagnosis propels many people into a world of unfamiliar and perhaps frightening emotions. Because there are many ways to cope with these feelings, The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas offers many services designed to help patients and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Program of Saint Barnabas holds day and evening "Chi Kung for Healing" classes, available free to cancer patients and survivors treated at Saint Barnabas and from the community. There is growing evidence that the mind-body practice of Chi Kung, a form of Tai Chi which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. The classes are taught by Miriam Shankman, a Certified Chi Kung Teacher and Healer with 16 years experience, and involve physical movement, mental focus and deep breathing.

"Our Chi Kung class is a good fit for those who are undergoing cancer treatment and would like to gently move and strengthen their body and spirit as well as our cancer survivors who have completed treatment and want to maintain good health," explains Angela McCabe, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach at Saint Barnabas.

Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and on Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ. For more information and to register, please call Ms. McCabe at 973-322-2668.

"Chi Kung for Healing" is part of The Cancer Program of Saint Barnabas's extensive array of free services available to its patients. Services include individual and group counseling, art therapy, genetic counseling, holistic nurse services like Reflexology and Reiki, and spiritual care.

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