If you're like many of the people in our area, you appreciate the benefits of massage therapy both for wellness and healing:
We recommend massage therapy in conjunction with other health care treatments by enhancing your body's own healing process. You can choose from several types of massage, including relaxation, pain management, therapeutic -- all performed by licensed and certified massage therapists in tranquil, non-clinical settings.
For your convenience, we provide massage therapy for you and your family, by appointment at three nearby locations: at the hospital itself and at our Provena Family Care centers in Carpentersville and Huntley. You can schedule various morning, afternoon, and evening appointments by calling 847-695-3200, extension 5767.
Look Good-Feel Better: Free program teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Come and learn tips for skin care, makeup, hair care and wigs. Registration is required through the American Cancer Society at (630) 879-9009, extension 3.
Living Well Yoga: Yoga helps to increase flexibility, reduce anxiety and stress and support the immune system and enhance overall well-being. Classes are modified to adapt to all levels of experience, flexibility and limitations and are open to all.
Meets Wednesdays, from 6-7 p.m. at Provena Saint Joseph Hospital, Medical Office Building I, 87 N. Airlite Street-Elgin. Registration is required by calling 630-262-1111. A physician's release and a health history form are required prior to taking this class.
Children's Art Therapy Group: Children of cancer survivors will express themselves emotionally through mask making, dream pillows, sand trays, Mandala drawings, and other 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Please RSVP Laurie, LCPC, Oncology Counselor/Art Therapist at 847-695-3200, ext. 3668. Every Monday from 3-4 p.m. Location: St. Andrew Room, Meadows Regional Cancer Care Center
Open Art Studio: Patients and family members are invited to express themselves through artwork in an open studio environment. Nonverbal art expression can be a valuable tool for emotional expression, self-esteem enhancement, and conflict resolution for all ages. No artistic ability necessary. Please contact Laurie, LCPC, Oncology Counselor/Art Therapist at 847-695-3200, ext. 3668 with any questions. Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: St. Andrew Room, Meadows Regional
Determine your good and bad cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides with immediate results. Blood sugar and blood pressure included. Twelve-hour fasting is recommended prior to the tests, but continue taking any current medications with water. Free! Please call 847-931-1800 for more information or to schedule your appointment
First Tuesday of the month: Provena Saint Joseph Hospital - Elgin
Second Tuesday of the month: Taylor YMCA - Elgin
How Can a Labyrinth Help You?
Labyrinths have mysterious origins going back some 5,000 years. They're considered sacred and holy spaces for prayer and meditation. We invite you to visit ours, which can help you in many ways, including these:
- Finding focus
- Reflecting about your concerns
- Finding answers to your questions
- Dealing with grief
- Feeling cleansed from sorrow
- Enjoying happiness and celebrations
- Expressing gratitude
Many visitors journal afterward and find different messages each time. Children who visit the labyrinth play instruments, sing songs, and hold hands; and it's especially helpful for kids with ADHD. Our labyrinth has been written up in books and newspapers and has become quite popular. It is available to everyone and is wheelchair accessible. It's located outdoors, surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful meditation garden in back of the hospital on the eastern side.
It follows an inward circular path, narrowing to a center circle that displays the sign of the cross. People walk along its path until they reach the center, then simply turn around and walk back. You can easily walk up and back in five minutes. Some visitors take much longer, tending to take longer walking in than they do walking out; it's said that their prayers have been answered.