Exercise at TGP

By: Stephen Cerne

Regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health and it's a very important piece of the cancer journey. At The Gathering Place, we understand the importance of exercise during or after treatment and will work each participant to help them meet their unique needs. Those who were not active before their cancer diagnosis can safely and successfully join one of our exercise programs.

Health and fitness screening required before attending any movement class. Please contact Stephen Cerne at 216-455-1503.

Qigong Tai Chi
Qigong is a practice of wholistic health maintenance exercises designed to build stamina, improve balanace, flexibiltiy and restting to one's innate health and well-being. This is achieved by:

  • Integrating gentle movements
  • Breathing techniques
  • Accupressure self-massage
  • Mindfullness meditation

The above exercises can done sitting or standing and appropriate for abilities and fitness levels.

Zumba Gold®
Zumba Gold® takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active, older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: zesty Latin music, like Salsa, Merengue., Cumbia and Reggaeton. While the moves are easy to follow and exhilarating, this class is low intensity and low impact to protect our knees hips, knees and ankles while getting with high energy to get our hearts pumping. No experience is necessary and the routines can be done standing or sitting.

Yoga for Cancer
Yoga for Cancer is a gentle, mind-body practice designed to empower participants to take an active role in managing their care and long-term health. The classes include physical postures and movement to improve strength, mobility, range of motion, balance and circulation. Breathing practices are used for better respiration, while mediation and other relaxation techniques are used to help manage stress and anxiety to enhance well-being. Each class offers modifications to meet fluctations in physical ability and energy level throughout the cancer journey. Different positions (in chairs, on the floor and standing) and the use of props are encouraged to meet indiviual needs.

Restorative Motion
Restorative Motion is an entry level movement program focusing on proper posture, alignment and body symmetry. This class has a slow-flow, yoga-based format that can help participants ease tension, relaxing both the mind and body. The large majority of all exercises can be done in a seated position, while there are time which participants, if possible, will stand or lie down.

Balance for Improved Function
Balance for Improved Function stresses simple, functional movements, allowing participants to move more efficiently and decrease fall risks. The focus is on building up core stability and balance simultaneously, while at the same time creating a better sense of body awareness. This class is appropriate for those experiencing symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue and neuropathy.

Exercise
This program offers a combination of cardiovascular, balance, flexibility, core and strength training exercises. The focus is on education and teaching proper form and technique, which limits the chance of injury while producing the best results. Participants will learn simple, functional exercises that can be performed with little or no equipment in the comfort of their own home.