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Group Classes

The Integrative Medicine Center offers services in two locations:

Clinical Consultations

  • Individual consultations are available at the Integrative Medicine Center: free-standing facility located east of the Clark Clinic main entrance, near valet parking, room R1.2000
    Address: 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030

Group Classes

  • Group classes are available at the Mays Clinic, floor 2, near Elevator T, Room ACB2.1005
    Address: 1220 Holcombe Blvd. (at Bertner), Houston, TX 77030
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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! 

Group classes calendar is featured in our monthly Newsletter.

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Note: Please confirm the time and location before arriving to class, as the schedule may change. 

 

Social Programs

Expressive Arts 

Held every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 2 - 4 pm

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

Held every Wednesday, 12:00 - 1 pm (except on 5th Wednesday of the month)

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. Please bring a bottle of water to class. 

Look Good, Feel Better 

Held every 1st Thursday, 10 am - 12:00

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.

Support Groups

Professionally-led support groups meet at the Integrative Medicine Center for education, group discussion, guest speakers and supportive sharing for patients, family and friends.

See a complete list of support groups at MD Anderson

The Celebration Singers

Held every Tuesday, 5 - 7 pm

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!

 

Mind-Body Programs

Music for Health and Relaxation 

Held every Thursday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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.

P.I.K.N.I.C.

PIKNIC is an informal educational forum for MD Anderson 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, whose topics range from meditation techniques to cancer treatment news. The topics may change, please call 800-345-6324 for the latest schedule.

Qigong 

Held every Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Experience this ancient Chinese system of self care using meditation, breath, and movement to balance the body's energy flow. 

Therapeutic Group Drumming

Held every Wednesday, 2 - 3 pm

Through immersion in active music making, participants will explore creative self-expression to facilitate meaningful insights. 

Tibetan Bon Meditation 

Held every Tuesday, 9:30 - 10:30 am

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.

Yoga (Hatha) 

Held every Friday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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.

 

Physical

Get Moving 

Held every Monday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Get moving with Nia! Recharge and energize with uplifting music and a blend of yoga, dance and martial arts. Positively shape the way you feel and think. Any fitness level is welcome. Facilitator: Carla Warneke

Pilates 

Held every Monday, 1 - 2 pm

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

Tai Chi

Held every Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Find balance and strength through continuous flowing movements that link mind to body.

 

Cooking Classes

Nutrition Lectures 

Held every 2nd Wednesday, 3 - 4 pm

A registered dietitian provides instruction on nutrition recommendations during cancer treatment, for cancer prevention, and for optimal health. Education emphasizes a whole foods, plant-based diet. The instructor will also address frequently asked questions such as: Does sugar feed cancer? Are organic foods healthier? Are soy foods safe?

Cooking for Optimal Health

Held every 4th Wednesday, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A registered dietitian instructs the class on preparing recipes consistent with the whole foods, plant-based diet. A different theme is chosen each month addressing patients’ frequently asked questions. Previous themes include: foods tolerated during cancer treatment, cooking with turmeric, and cooking with legumes. Each participant will receive the class recipes as well as food samples.

At the Table

Held every first Tuesday, 11:30 - 12:30 pm 
(In September, the class will be held on second Tuesday, 9/9/14, same time)

Learn to prepare recipes from MD Anderson’s “At the Table” online cookbook, emphasizing quality recipes that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Guest Chef (coming soon!)

Will be held every 2nd Monday, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Join us to see what our local 'guest chef' cooks up. Class focusses on recipes and cooking methods supporting optimal health. The chef will demonstrate preparation of each recipe. Food samples and recipes will be provided for all participants. 

 

Programs for Kids

Activities for pediatric inpatients and outpatients ages 3-12 years and their caregivers.

Address: M D Anderson Main Building, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, 77030

Little Yogis

Held every Tuesday, 11:00 -12:00, in G9.3329 Activity Room

Experience a fun and unique combination of simple yoga postures with breathing, relaxation, guided imagery, and yoga games. Yoga brings confidence, strength, and balance while helping children to relax and improve sleep. 

Making Music

Held every Wednesday, 11:00 - 12:00, in G9.3329A Playroom

Express thoughts and feelings by playing instruments, learning new songs and creating musical stories. 

Request an Appointment

Integrative Medicine Center Entry

The Integrative Medicine Center and its services are available to all current MD Anderson patients.

To request an appointment:

  • Call 713-794-4700
  • Online
  • Ask your MD Anderson physician or nurse to submit an internal request

Newsletter with Group Classes Calendar

 

Inside Integrative Medicine is a free monthly newsletter with the latest news on complementary therapies, research and a monthly activities calendar for the Integrative Medicine Center.


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