Written by HealthFit Manager Kayla Frimmel
Sarasota Memorial’s care for cancer patients goes beyond treatment. It is designed to enable cancer patients — and their caregivers — to thrive!
Through HealthFit, Sarasota Memorial’s medically integrated wellness and fitness center, the Thrive Integrated Cancer support and survivorship program offers six oncology-specific, group exercise classes weekly, in a partnership with Jewish Family & Children Services (JFCS).
HealthFit is committed to providing a continuum of care to patients and community members in all stages of recovery. The Thrive classes are meant to help anyone who has been affected by cancer (survivors, caretakers, bereaved) to heal through mindfulness and exercise. Specifically developed with the oncology patient in mind, the classes enable survivors to ease back into a gentle exercise program and to better manage stress.
Led by a certified yoga instructor, our gentle Oncology Yoga class helps reduce anxiety, increase energy and support physical and emotional well-being. Participants can use props to assist with poses, or can do the movements seated in a chair, if needed.
The 30-minute, guided Mindful Meditation class further helps with stress and tension. Meditation helps build awareness of the body and mind, and teaches anxiety-managing techniques.
The Oncology Tai Chi class, an ancient form of Chinese meditative exercise, improves balance, helps manage stress, and increases strength and flexibility. Gentle, fluid movements take participants through expanding their range of motion at a calm pace. This class is led by a trained tai chi instructor.
Oncology Recovery Exercise helps participants improve balance, flexibility and strength with light resistance-focused exercise led by a certified group exercise instructor. Regain mobility and independence through body-weight and light-weight exercises developed specifically for cancer patients and survivors.
These group exercise classes, held at HealthFit on Clark Road and Rand Boulevard, are free to the public. Participants are encouraged to arrive about 15 minutes early for their first Thrive class in order to complete paperwork for a special membership to the facility for these classes.
For more information, visit the HealthFit website or call the HealthFit front desk at 941-917-7000.
HealthFit Manager of Ambulatory Operations Kayla Frimmel is an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer. With a master of science degree in kinesiology, she specializes in helping those struggling with obesity, developing employee wellness programs, and mental conditioning for athletes.