Meditation is a popular mind-body practice often used to improve overall health and well-being. Individuals learn to calm the mind and better manage their emotions, which can lead to improvements in psychological health and quality of life.
There are a number of different kinds of meditation. Some of the most common include:
Mantra-based meditation – A word or phrase is repeated silently to build concentration and prevent distracting thoughts from entering the mind with the intention of achieving a state of relaxed awareness.
Mindfulness-based meditation – Awareness is given to the breath, body, thoughts, feelings and emotions in an open and non-judgmental way with the intention of achieving greater calmness and balance of mind.
Guided imagery meditation – The focus is on visualizing pleasant images to replace negative or stressful thoughts and feelings with the intention of achieving a relaxed state.
The Integrative Medicine Service at Moffitt Cancer Center offers the following meditation classes, programs and one-on-one sessions.
- Group instruction is available to patients and caregivers on select Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Magnolia campus, fifth floor dayroom.
- Individual meditation instruction can be scheduled by contacting the Integrative Medicine Clinic at 813-745-6052.
- Hospitalized patients may have a member of their medical team request an Integrative Medicine therapist visit their hospital room to provide meditation.
- Finding Balance with Cancer program is a six-week program of group discussion and guided mindfulness instruction for patients and caregivers. For more information contact: Sharen Lock at 813-745-2014 (Sharen.Lock@moffitt.org) or Christine Healy at 813-745-7269 (Christine.Healy@moffitt.org).
For more information about the Integrative Medicine Service, please call 813-745-6052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Finding Balance with Cancer is a periodic program, so we will update the calendar when it’s scheduled.