The Integrative Medicine Center offers programs and services in two locations:
- Individual services are available at the main building, free-standing facility located outside, just to the left of Clark Clinic as you exit (R1.2000)
- Group programs are available at the Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near the Learning Center and gift shop
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Registration is strongly suggested, but not required for some programs. Requirements are noted in program descriptions below. Remember to arrive early if you are participating for the first time so that you may complete the registration process. Call ahead to reserve your space for class.
For more information including class times, call 713-794-4700.
These fun classes help you explore issues in a creative way and make it easier to convey feelings or experiences that may be difficult to express in words. Classes include: Paint Your Own Pottery, Beading, Mosaic Mania, Chinese Ink Art, Digital Photography, Watercolor Transfer and more!
Laughter for Health
Laughter for health combines yogic deep breathing, stretching, simulated laughter exercises and cultivated child-like playfulness. Participants report reduction in stress, blood pressure, depression and more. Join Chaplain Stephen Findley for this uplifting class.
Look Good, Feel Better
This program is presented by trained, licensed cosmetologists that help patients adjust to temporary or permanent changes in their appearance. If it is your first time attending the class, you will receive a complementary makeup kit, head cover and wig! You must pre-register for this program by calling 713-792-6039.
Professionally-led support groups meet at the Integrative Medicine Center for education, group discussion, guest speakers and supportive sharing for patients, family and friends.
- Breast Cancer Support Group
- Caregivers: "I've Got Feelings Too!"
- CLIMB Support Group
- Education and Support for Depression and Anxiety
- Endometrial Cancer Support Group
- Ovarian Cancer Support Group
- Prostate Support Group
- Spine Tumor Support Group
The Celebration Singers
Are you a cancer survivor or caregiver who enjoys singing? If you are, this special choir is for you! The group's purpose is to make beautiful music, have fun and provide inspiration to the newly diagnosed and the long-term survivor. Please contact the choir's director, Michael Richardson, M.T.-B.C. (music therapist at MD Anderson) at 713-563-0858 for rehearsal information or to join!
Exploring Music for Relaxation
In a workshop-like atmosphere, learn to use your favorite recorded music to help relax or become energized.
Facilitator: Michael Richardson, M.T.-B.C.
A weekly educational forum for patients, caregivers, faculty and staff who want to learn more about issues relevant to cancer. Sessions are led by experts from MD Anderson or the Houston community on a variety of topics.
Experience this ancient Chinese system of self care using meditation, breath, and movement to balance the body's energy flow.
Therapeutic Group Drumming
Through immersion in active music making, participants will explore creative self-expression to facilitate meaningful insights.
Tibetan Bon Meditation
Access a deeper awareness through connecting the mind, body, and heart, and find your “home.” Learn to connect the mind and the breath in a good balance of relaxation, to bring you peace and a release of tension.
Facilitator: Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D.
Stretch your mind as well as your body by learning the postures, breathing exercises, and meditation which comprise yoga. Classes can be done on a mat or chair.
Local chefs demonstrate their cooking skills and provide tasty samples for the audience. The focus is on nutritional foods that cancer patients may prepare and eat. Clinical Dieticians also discuss the nutritional component of the recipe.
Nia: Body Energizer
Explore this gentle, yet lively, restorative movement class. The class incorporates techniques from yoga, tai chi, and Nia dance (play). The movements are easy to follow and inspired by a relaxing musical beat .
Facilitator: Carla Warneke
Whether you need help dealing with side effects or simply want to maintain your health, we’ll talk about cancer, its treatments and optimal eating during this very important time. Learn about the special nutritional needs for cancer patients, information on organic foods, and more.
Come learn and practice a series of exercises in deep muscle strengthening that improve skeletal alignment and overall flexibility. Comfortable, flexible clothing is required. This class is mat based (floor activity is involved.)
Facilitator: Sarah Mifsud
Safe Massage Techniques for the Cancer Patient
Join Sat Siri Sumler, R.M.T. as she teaches participants the hands-on practice of gentle touch massage techniques. Learn how and when to use massage and the benefits of massage for patients with cancer.
Find balance and strength through continuous flowing movements that link mind to body
Individual consults are available by appointment for services listed below (some services for inpatients as well):