Mind-Body Practices video introduction

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
CancerWise
Date: May 2008 Duration: 01:04

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Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.:

Mind-body practices are very useful for all people who are battling cancer, and by practicing a mind-body type of intervention, you're helping not only recover physically, but also psychologically. At M. D. Anderson, this is something that we offer to all of our patients, and we have a number of different programs, such as Tai Chi, Qigong, Pilates, Hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga and forms of specific meditation that are done in the sedentary position.

What's common about all these practices is that they include a component of relaxation. A focus on the breath is critical for all of them, as well as gentle movements. Another reason they're so useful is that they can be practiced by anybody at any level with any particular physical limitations.

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Videographer/Editor: Deborah E. Thomas
Interviewer: Darcy De Leon