Complementary Therapy

The CancerConnects Complementary Therapy Program provides free voucher awards to adult cancer patients and caregivers of cancer patients in Central and Northern NY for a variety of specific complementary therapy treatments.

Central to complementary therapy is the concept of overall wellness, and the relationship between mind, body and spirit. These therapies are used to help cancer patients manage symptoms, reduce side effects, and restore and promote a sense of control and vitality. Additionally these therapies foster positive healthy attitudes that increase overall well-being. They work in tandem with a patient’s medical plan and are never intended to replace conventional treatments.

These therapies are typically not covered by health insurance. CancerConnects is proud to offer these services free to patients who otherwise may not have access to them. A panel of complementary therapy practitioners have agreed to provide their services at a reduced rate for cancer patients who participate in this program. The services offered through the Complementary Therapy program include massage therapy, Reiki, healing touch, foot reflexology, yoga therapy, acupuncture, and virtual meditations.

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Comp Therapy Vouchers

“Receiving energy and healing therapy has actually changed my course of life.  I spend time and energy on healing and not worrying about the recurrence of my breast cancer”

Complementary Therapy Patient

“I had no idea how healthy I would feel physically and emotionally after these sessions… thank you so much for me feeling so good.  You have given me a gift I will never forget.”

Complementary Therapy Patient

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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual soft tissue manipulation that causes movement and applies pressure to the body with the intention of increasing health and well-being. The beneficial effects of a massage can include overall relaxation, an easing of stress and anxiety, greater ease of movement, a decrease in low back pain, removal of metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, a slowing down of muscle, the soothing of stiffness and sore, achy muscles, an increase in circulation, reduction of inflammation, pain and swelling, and a strengthening of the immune system.

Providers are located in:
Cayuga (Auburn)
Oneida (Clinton)
Onondaga (Camillus, East Syracuse, Liverpool, and Syracuse)


Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. The word “Rei” means universal, the word “KI” means life energy. It is a precise vibrational frequency that brings harmony, balance and well-being to mind, body, and spirit.

Providers are located in:
Cayuga (Auburn)
Oneida (New York Mills)
Onondaga (Camillus, East Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Fayeteville, Jamesville)

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an energy-based approach to health and healing. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony, energy and balance within the human energy system. This goal supports the client’s self-healing process of becoming whole physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

Providers are located in:
Cayuga (Auburn)
Onondaga (Camillus, East Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Fayeteville, Jamesville)

Foot Reflexology

Foot reflexology affects various parts of the body through the use of thumb, finger and hand pressure on specific areas of the foot. It is a natural healing art based on the scientific principle that reflexes in the foot correspond to an organ or gland in other parts of the body.

Providers are located in:
Cayuga (Auburn)


Acupuncture encourages the body to promote its own natural healing and improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

Providers are located in:
Cortland (Homer)
Oneida (Utica, Oneida)
Onondaga (Syracuse, East Syracuse)

Yoga Therapy

A type of therapy that utilizes yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. Individuals will meet one-on-one with a certified yoga instructor to improve balance, flexibility, and relaxation.

Providers are located in:
Onondaga (Camillus, Liverpool)

Virtual Meditations

Guided Meditation is the practice of using a person’s voice for guided imagery to promote relaxation and stress reduction as a way to relax the physical being. Soft music may be used in the background to assist in calming the mind and body.

Therapeutic Meditation & Relaxation involves supporting individuals in relaxation and easily learning to meditate. Sessions are meant to leave you feeling rejuvenated and less burdened with stress and anxiety.

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