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White Plains Hospital Targets The Senses In Unique Healing Program

As part of an innovative healing therapy, White Plains Hospital is helping patients use their five senses to promote healing and well-being.
As part of an innovative healing therapy, White Plains Hospital is helping patients use their five senses to promote healing and well-being. Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Anyone who has suffered an illness or injury, or has helped a loved one through the healing process, knows that successful recovery is a balance between body, mind, and spirit.

That's why White Plains Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is joining forces with Montefiore’s Healing Arts Program and ArtsWestchester to help area residents achieve that balance. The hospital will host an afternoon designed to reduce stress and promote relaxation, prevent illness, enhance quality of life and speed up recovery and healing.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held in White Plains Hospital’s new Center for Cancer Care at 2 Longview Avenue in White Plains on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

At the event, experts from Montefiore’s Healing Arts Program -- which uses the arts, creative arts therapies, and other art-based approaches to healing -- will offer guided relaxation through a series of sensory activities designed to engage the five senses.

ArtsWestchester, Westchester County’s designated arts council, with the help of dynamic textile artist Mary McFerran, will engage participants in a collaborative art project. Participants will be invited to create a small watercolor painting with a particularly soothing color palette to reflect their feelings of good health. 

The afternoon will also include:

  • Informative Healing touch therapy demonstrations by Toyoko Yasui, RN, Holistic Nurse Coordinator and other White Plains Hospital staff
  • Painting stations
  • Spa-like giveaways to stimulate the 5 senses: dark chocolate, strawberries, herbal teas (taste); nature photos (sight); sachets of rose petals and lavender oil (scent); lavender hand lotion (touch); meditative CDs (sound).

A holistic approach to wellness is a cornerstone of White Plains Hospital’s philosophy of patient care. Its principles are reflected in the Hospital’s ongoing campus transformation, resulting in aesthetically soothing spaces that promote health and healing. Also integral are its new services to support the whole person, that the Hospital offers for both patients and caregivers, like Healing Touch and Reiki, available in its new Center for Cancer Care.

Event admission is free and guests are welcome to drop in at any time during the four hour period. For more information, click here.

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