Mind and Body Support


Cancer Connection offers programs and support free of charge for men, women and children living with a cancer diagnosis, their families and friends. Please read our information regarding the scheduling of appointments.



Please call 586-1642 to schedule.



Calming Strategies & Relaxation

CranioSacral Therapy

Therapeutic Facials

High Horse Hill - Therapy Horses

Massage Therapy

Reiki (Individual Sessions)

Reiki Nights (Monthly Schedule)


Storytelling - "I Wish I had Asked"




Acupuncture with Nancy Lustgarten, Lic.Ac., RN

Laurel Turk, Lic. Ac. and Ben Walker, Lic.Ac.

Appointments are flexible call for more information


Nancy Lustgarten is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing in Northampton since 2000. She has been working at Cancer Connection since 2008, and has recently completed a training through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center called “Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient”.


Laurel Turk is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing in the Pioneer Valley since 1996. She has been providing acupuncture at the Cancer Connection since 2013. She has also completed the Memorial Sloan Kettering training.


Ben Walker is a licensed acupuncturist. He earned his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, one of the most rigorous and acclaimed acupuncture schools in the country. MSTOM training consists of a 4-year, 3,400-hour program with instruction in Western medical anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, Chinese medical theory, acupuncture, and herbology.


Acupuncture is a safe and painless form of traditional Chinese medicine. In this system, the body is seen as having a network of pathways called meridians, through which the life force energy of the body, called qi (“chi”), flows. Very fine needles, which are sterile and disposable, are used to access this qi via specific points along the meridians in order to restore balance by helping to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture can help with a number of symptoms associated with various cancers, as well as side effects from such treatments as chemotherapy and radiation. Symptoms commonly treated by acupuncture include pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, lack of appetite, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle tension, diarrhea, constipation and hot flashes.

It is recommended that acupuncture treatments be scheduled weekly for about six weeks, at which time progress may be evaluated and the treatment plan adjusted accordingly.


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Calming Strategies & Relaxation

for Every Step of Your Healing

& “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster”™

with Ann Buscemi, CHT

By Appointment

Ann is certified in therapeutic hypnosis and emotional healing, and is certified to present "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster"™ workshops. Her sessions focus on relaxation and visualization techniques. which impact all aspects of healing and self-care. Whether you are facing surgery, chemo or radiation therapies, any medical procedures, or simply the stress of life, these techniques make a profound difference.


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CranioSacral Therapy

with Pat Joyce, CranioSacral therapist

Appointments in Northampton

Physician approval required.

Feel better, calmer and more centered after a CranioSacral session with Pat. CranioSacral therapy may reduce your pain and increase your energy and sense of well-being.


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Therapeutic Facials

with Rebekah Markham

Appointments in Northampton at various times, including weekends

Physician approval required.

Rebekah is a trained esthetician with over a decade of experience. If you’re concerned about your skin during or after treatment, call Cancer Connection for an appoiintment with Rebekah. These treatments are longer than Rebekah's regular signature facials. This service is specifically suited for those going through treatment or those who have recently finished their cancer treatments.


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Farm Retreat at High Horse Hill

with Katey Grey

Visit the therapy horses and the organic garden as an individual integrative therapy or with family members or a small group. Requires special doctor’s note; please call for information and to schedule. Please download the required forms here.


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Massage Therapy with Lisa Gallauresi, LMT

Appointments on Tuesdays at her Northampton office

16 Center Street, Suite 523


Janice Peterman, LMT from The Healing Zone

Appointments on Wednesdays

Massage Therapy by skilled, oncology certified, licensed therapists Lisa Gallauresi, LMT &amp Janice Peterman, LMT has many benefits for people with cancer, such as reducing anxiety, easing pain and fatigue, and improving sleep. Physician approval required.


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Reflexology with Peggy Schjeldahl

Appointments on Thursdays

Reflexology is a gentle thumb-pressure technique that stimulates nerve endings in the feet and hands, corresponding to various parts of the body inducing deep relaxation. This soothing massage of the lower legs, feet and hands, combined with Reiki, help strengthen the immune system, activate circulation and restore a state of balance and calm. Mary Ann Kelly is a certified reflexologist and Reiki Master.


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Reiki with Nancy Carter-Price


Tuesdays at Cancer Connection, late Friday afternoons in downtown Northampton and Wednesdays in South Hadley

Reiki is a gentle but powerful hands-on technique that promotes relaxation, stress reduction, and healing. Reiki Master Teacher Nancy Carter-Price has more than 15 years of healing experience. Nancy is Adviser of the Reiki Team for Monthly Reiki Night.


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Monthly Reiki Nights

Monday, January 15, 2018 CANCELLED, DUE TO ILLNESS

Wednesday, February 21

Monday, March 19

Wednesday, April 18

Monday, May 21

Wednesday, June 20

Monday, July 16


Monday, September 17

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, November 19

Wednesday, December 19

No Appointment Needed


Drop in anytime between 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Please plan to arrive by 8:00 pm to receive a Reiki session) Reiki is an excellent complement to conventional medical treatment and psychotherapy. Experience this gentle but powerful method of relaxation and stress reduction. Our phenomenal team of Reiki practitioners offer Reiki treatments for individuals and family members.


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I Wish I Had Asked - recording your stories

with Ralph Lowen

By Appointment

Storytelling is good for us. Each of us is an amalgam of our family histories and stories and we draw our strength from them – from the challenges we've overcome to the things that make us laugh.


Ralph enables participants to share their stories through the perspective of what future generations might ask. Starting with a simple question, like, What was your first job, or When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? or How did you learn to drive? Participants record their stories and preserve them to share with friends and family. Ralph hopes to create an archive for the families of each participant to have for years to come. Learn more about Ralph and "I Wish I had Asked" in this short (3 1/2 mins) video.


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Major funding of our programs and integrative therapies

is provided by Rays of Hope.