Complementary Cancer Therapy

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Athens Regional offers many free workshops and classes that serve as complementary therapy for cancer patients and survivors.

These therapies help patients, families and caregivers through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and bereavement. They are all held at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support or the Griffin-DuBose Healing Lodge, unless noted.

Workshops, Classes and Relaxation 

Art Therapy
These workshops use different media forms to offer you a way to safely release emotions and to communicate feelings that are difficult to put into words. They also promote relaxation, enjoyment and quality of life.

Guided Relaxation
Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
This program is based on recent neurological research and offers you the opportunity to learn new methods of relaxation and renewal for your mind and body.

Healing Grief Workshop
A nine-week workshop for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. The loss does not have to be a cancer-related death. Topics include accepting role changes and grief anniversaries.

Healing Touch
By appointment
Healing Touch promotes relaxation, reduces stress and increases energy by using techniques that influence the energy system of the body through touch.

Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients
Meet with other women taking hormone therapy for breast cancer and learn about the research behind the treatment and how it works, managing side effects, strategies for decision making, and effective communication.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
2nd Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Learn ways to reduce stress, lessen physical and emotional pain, and cope better with everyday demands. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, of being present in every moment in your life. Research has shown mindfulness meditation to be helpful with many health conditions. It is thought to reconnect the body, mind, and emotions in a conscious and compassionate manner. Led by Mike Healy, Ed.D.

Reiki (“ray-kee”)
By appointment
The word "reiki" is Japanese and refers to life-energy. Reiki is a form of healing touch used for reducing stress and increasing energy.

Yoga and Tai Chi

Using a combination of movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation, yoga and tai chi will help you:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Combat depression and promote healing
  • Strengthen pelvic muscles
  • Improve sleep and the ability to relax
  • Help minimize side effects of treatment

Yoga for Hope, Peace & Cancer Recovery
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon
This yoga class offers people with cancer gentle movements in a nurturing environment.

Tai Chi Chih
Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tai Chi Chih is called a moving meditation and aids in relaxation and overall better health and wellness.

Tai Chi / Qi Gong
Work on self-healing through the use of breath and gentle, easy movement. Offered in workshop settings. Call for dates and additional information.


Cultivating a Resilient Soul Retreat
This one day retreat setting is offered several times a year. In this retreat you learn coping strategies for pain and suffering, learn to shake off the effects of day-to-day stresses, and learn practical tools for daily living. Call for future dates.

Integrative Therapy Retreat
This one day retreat includes Guided Relaxation practice, Healing Art, Healing Writing, Tai Chi, and other moving meditation practice.

Cancer Support Resources

All of these therapies complement the care offered from our Cancer Services. For more information, call 706-475-4900 or email