Wellness House offers Mind-Body Fest

Week of in-person, online programs give participants chance to try something new

Anyone who has experienced cancer, as a patient or a loved one, knows that the disease affects far more than the physical body. During Wellness House's Mind Body Fest from Aug. 19-24, people with cancer, their families, caregivers and friends can explore ways to manage the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer.

"This event really highlights our mind-body programs and our exercise programs," said Brittany Brady, community engagement and program events manager. As with all Wellness House events, Mind Body Fest is free to all participants.

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, Wellness House will offer peeks into many of its mind-body programs, from yoga classes to art classes, during an in-person event at 131 N. County Line Road.

Those who regularly turn to Wellness House for support can use the event to try something new, while those new to Wellness House can get a sampling of the many ways the organization can help with their cancer experience.

Stress reduction and relaxation are at the core of more than a dozen activities offered at Mind Body Fest, said Jadyn Chipman, exercise and stress management programs manager.

Some, like yoga and chair massage, might be familiar to most participants. Others, like reiki and nia, might be new areas to explore.

"Hypnosis might sound a little out there for some," Brady said, noting that Mind Body Fest is an easy way to give it a try.

The day also offers exercise-based programs, activities that draw on creativity and even a chance for participants to discover the healing benefits of nature.

"We do have forest therapy walks," Brady said.

The walk during Mind Body Fest will take place in the surrounding neighborhood rather than an actual forest, but it will serve as an introduction to events held regularly at places like Morton Arboretum and Fullersburg Woods. The walks offer participants immersion in nature, Brady said, with opportunities for meditation.

Most of Saturday's activities will take place outside under the cover of tents, Brady said. A few, like chair massages, will be offered indoors.

Chipman said several disciplines offered at Mind Body Fest incorporate breath work and relaxation methods that people can use to calm themselves, especially in stressful situations.

"Breath work can be very powerful," Chipman said. Participants will learn tips and tricks to help themselves relax. When done regularly, stress reduction methods can improve a person's overall well-being.

Participants who take part in the full day will sample six sessions, plus lunch, but guests also are free to spend just part of the day at Mind Body Fest. Register at http://www.wellnesshouse.org/mind-body-fest-2023 or call (630) 323-5150.

After registering, participants will receive an email to choose their preferred activities for the day.

"Selecting your schedule will be first come, first served," Brady said.

While in-person registration will be offered beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event, early registration is encouraged.

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Sandy Illian Bosch is a contributing writer to The Hinsdalean