Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa

Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa











Port Hope, ON (PRWEB) September 25, 2006

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Hillcrest Valenova, an overnight wellness spa in Port Hope, Ontario, launches wellness retreats 3 nights in length that help breast cancer survivors and their supporters choose healthy responses to the stress of critical illness. During the retreat, guests participate in a customized workshop and individual stress management session delivered by Robin Dines, Stress and Wellness Consultant certified by The Canadian Institute of Stress.

“By helping women understand their unique ‘stresstype’, or way of responding to stressful situations, they can take action to build a healthier response to everyday stresses. The physical benefits are immediate — deeper breathing, increased mental focus and a more confident, optimistic outlook on life, even during the most critical of illnesses,” comments Dines.

The Strength Through Wellness spa retreat is built upon twenty years of clinical research on the Body Age which is conducted across the globe. The Body Age studies, founded on the principles of Dr. Hans Seyle and carried out by Dr. Richard Earle of The Canadian Institute of Stress, showed that of 3000 participants, body age was reduced by 11 years on average. In addition, participants increased their “Vitality Quotient”, which indicates the extent to which one enjoys optimal health and participates in a full life.

Sonja Shepherd, of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa, Ontario remarked after a visit to the Spa, “The nurturing atmosphere at The Hillcrest Valenova allows women in all stages of cancer recovery to seek wellness on new levels. Cancer friendly treatments such as massage, reiki, and aromatherapy promote relaxation and help heal the body and soul, while the tranquil surroundings of the elegant overnight spa allow the spirit to be refreshed.”

The Hillcrest Valenova wellness spa employs mature, experienced staff, each of whom has a friend or family member touched by breast cancer. Spa Manager Simone Beitler explains, “We have the utmost regard for our guests’ dignity and privacy. The one-to-one ratio of staff-to-guest allows us to truly be ‘daymakers.’ This could be as simple as taking a reflexology treatment to a guest’s suite so they can be tucked into bed immediately following. We look for whatever might heighten the well-being of the person in that moment.”

The Valenova Wellness Spa is North America’s first and only Dr. Hauschka Destination Spa. Using this biodynamic product line imported from Germany, the Valenova spa menu is customized for breast cancer survivors.

The new Strength Through Wellness retreats at The Hillcrest Valenova Wellness Spa help breast cancer survivors to deal positively with the stress of a critical illness. Retreats run Tuesday-Thursday weekly, and include workshop, private consultation, all meals, spa treatments and overnight spa accommodations. Breast cancer survivors save by mentioning the Pink Ribbon Club.

About The Hillcrest — A Valenova Inn & Spa

Situated on 15 serene acres with panoramic views of Lake Ontario, this CAA/AAA 4-Diamond wellness spa is truly a private retreat. Guests are offered a variety of invigorating and healing spa treatments. The organic, biodynamic skin care products of Dr. Hauschka are used throughout the spa, offering guests an experience not available at any other destination spa in North America.

Guests of The Hillcrest are treated to organic meals, fine dining, mid-day tea, fitness facilities, outdoor seasonal saline pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, full-service spa, outdoor spa gazebos, forest walking trails and more. Web site: http://www.thehillcrest.ca

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Alliance of Hope Named Top Nonprofit for Work with Suicide Survivors

Alliance of Hope Named Top Nonprofit for Work with Suicide Survivors











“Remembrance” photo courtesy of Henning Mühlinghaus


Evanston, IL (PRWEB) July 27, 2011

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors (AOH) has been recognized by ratings organization GreatNonprofits as a 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofit– earning the highest spot for a newcomer on the list, and the number two spot overall. The ranking honors AOH’s work to help people cope with the shock, excruciating grief, and complex emotions that occur when a loved one dies by suicide.

During a June national campaign, GreatNonprofits, in cooperation with GuideStar and Charity Navigator, gathered reviews of 369 organizations from thousands of clients, donors and volunteers. AOH garnered a near perfect five-star rating.

According to the World Health Organization, there are one million suicides in the world each year and one suicide every 15 minutes in the United States. For each victim, eight others suffer a devastating grief that is not well-understood by most professionals, let alone the general public.

“The outpouring of gratitude expressed in our reviews reaffirms the need for our services and the difference we’re making. It inspires us to want to do more,” said Ronnie Walker, founding director of AOH and a licensed clinical mental health counselor who lost her stepson to suicide in 1995.

AOH is based online at http://www.allianceofhope.org, offering services that transcend time and distance – often reaching suicide grievers in places where little or no support exists. Services include a clinically-moderated forum, live consultations for new grievers, and a website that features a blog, bookstore, memorials, and a special section for those in uniform.

The AOH community forum operates like a 24/7/365 support group for new and longtime grievers, also known as “suicide survivors.” It hosts thousands of members from around the world, with more than 30,000 posts covering all aspects of the survivor experience. It brings together people from many cultures and faith traditions – offering useful information as well as empathy, hope, and friendship. The forum is carefully tended by a mental health counselor and trained team of veteran-survivor moderators. Many members call it their “lifeline.”

Walker, a 64 year-old grandmother of four, launched AOH in 2008 from her kitchen in Evanston, Illinois. She took a class in web design at the local high school and wrote and built the website herself. It is now a leading resource for suicide survivors worldwide. Approximately 15,000 people visit AOH’s site each month, and the nonprofit has drawn interest from people in more than 105 countries.

“I started AOH to expand the quality of support for people dealing with the debilitating, traumatic pain that accompanies loss to suicide. I have been moved by the courage, compassion, and commitment of our members who, together, have created a very special place of connection,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure every survivor has the support they need.”

Ninety percent of AOH’s reviews on GreatNonprofits came from suicide survivors served by the nonprofit.

“In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey,” said a client of AOH. “Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available.”

The full list of reviews can be found here.

About the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, http://www.allianceofhope.org, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides healing support to those who have lost loved ones to suicide. The online services transcend time and distance – often reaching suicide grievers in places where little or no support exists. The website features a blog, bookstore, memorials and a special section for those in uniform. The AOH community forum hosts thousands of members from around the world and more than 30,000 posts describing the survivor experience. It is carefully tended by a mental health counselor and trained team of veteran-survivor moderators. Many members say it is their “lifeline.”

AOH is recommended by major international organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, Canadian Mental Health Association, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), and many others. In 2011, it was rated a Top Health Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

About GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits, a 501(c)3 organization, is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about nonprofits. GreatNonprofits is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, Morgan Family Foundation, Peery Foundation, and individual donors. GreatNonprofits is led by Perla Ni, founder and former publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. More about the national board and advisory board are here.

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