LEWISTON – “The Alexander Technique,” a program that helps cancer patients identify and alleviate pain, will be the topic of a two-part program set for the Jan. 19 and 26 meetings of the Central Maine Medical Center Cancer Wellness and Support Group.

Jill Eng, a dancer and movement instructor, will introduce participants to a gentle movement technique that can help alleviate pain resulting from cancer and other related conditions.

The two-part series will help participants identify where and how he or she is applying or holding unnecessary effort and tension in the body, and how to gently correct and relieve that pressure. Practicing the technique over time can result in pain relief, reduced fatigue, easier breathing, sustained energy and a clearer focus.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to remove their shoes, if possible.

The first installment of the program will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Chairman’s Room B on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

The second installment will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Isaacson Room G on the second floor of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

The support group is open to people living with cancer, as well as their spouses/partners, family members and caregivers. The group usually meets in the conference room at the Cynthia A. Rydholm Cancer Treatment Center.

There is no fee for participation and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Kerry Irish at 795-7118.


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