Wellness Services

MeditationAs part of Shaw's commitment to treating the body, as well as the mind and spirit, our integrative services are designed to help patients cope with the cancer experience and improve their overall sense of well-being. Thanks to the generous support of The Marilyn Klein Cancer Support Fund and Pink Vail, the following evidence-based supportive services are offered at no cost to our cancer patients.


Massage therapy has been proven to stimulate the release of substances that relieve pain and create a feeling of well-being. It increases blood and lymphatic circulation and relaxes and benefits mood. Individuals experiencing lymphedema, in particular, benefit from massage.

Appointments are scheduled at Jack's Place with specialized oncology massage trained therapists. All patients are encouraged to check with their oncology physician prior to receiving massage therapy.

Call (970) 569-7645 or email kim.sharkey@vvmc.com to schedule a massage session.


Acupuncture is commonly used to relieve symptoms in patients undergoing cancer treatment. It may help control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, gastrointestinal symptoms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain. Acupuncture services at Jack's Place are provided by appointment with Eliza Klearman, ND and Acupuncturist (www.drklearman.com). All patients are encouraged to check with their oncology physician prior to starting acupuncture.

Call (970) 569-7645 or email kim.sharkey@vvmc.com to schedule an acupuncture appointment.

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a gentle, yet powerful technique that focuses and directs the mind by engaging all five senses. It is easy to learn and can help reduce some of the unpleasant side effects of cancer such as anxiety, fatigue, fear of medical procedures, and pain. Guided imagery has the ability to increase quality of life through coping, relaxation, hopefulness, and confidence. 


A low impact physical fitness exercise program that incorporates balance, strength training, and range of motion, Pilates is very adaptable to different body types and conditions and is beneficial in rehabilitation after surgery or illness. Over time, participants will see developments in strength, control, flexibility and range of motion. Pilates classes are free to current patients in active treatment, as well as primary caregivers. Visit our Events Calendar for class dates and times.

Tai Chi

Tai chi encourages gentle body movement and breathing. It is commonly used to improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility, as well as overall health and well-being. Visit our Events Calendar for class dates and times.


Research has demonstrated that participation in yoga can increase range of motion, improve circulatory flow, relieve muscle tension, lower stress levels, and increase relaxation and well-being. Visit our Events Calendar for class dates and times.

Arts in Healing

Arts in Healing provides regular musical performances, visual art exhibits, workshops and performances to enhance the overall health care environment for patients, visitors and staff. Music and art can reduce stress and anxiety and can aid in emotional and mental healing. Visit our Events Calendar for program dates and times.