Our In-Person Services

A variety of complementary, holistic services are a part of a Retreat at Mary's Place by the Sea. Once you have scheduled a retreat, you will be given the opportunity to indicate which services you may be interested in receiving during your stay. Each guest’s stay is personalized to her specific needs. All services are provided by experienced, highly-qualified volunteer practitioners devoted to helping women with cancer.

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Scroll down to review each of our services:

  • Gentle Yoga

    A class at Mary’s Place by the Sea is structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Sessions focus on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Various breathing techniques and guided imagery may be used to increase relaxation. All guests are invited to attend and modifications are offered to meet the comfort level of those practicing.

  • Individual Counseling

    Our licensed counselors work with our guests in a one-on-one setting helping them to identify coping strategies for the social, emotional, and environmental impact of cancer. Local guests are invited to work with a counselor at Mary’s Place by the Sea as long as they remain in treatment.


  • Guided Imagery

    A gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination to produce calm and peaceful images in the mind, which helps to create harmony between the mind and body. Guided imagery involves all the senses, the entire body and emotions. This practice allows our guests to tap into their inner strength to cope with everyday stress. Sessions at Mary’s Place by the Sea may be individual or in a group.

  • Expressive Writing

    Expressive Writing uses the act of writing and processing the written word to link feelings to events. Expressive Writing provides a safe and cathartic experience and reduces stress. Writing in this form helps gradually ease feelings of emotional trauma. Expressive Writing or Journaling can take place individually or in a group.
  • Meditation

    Our certified practitioners provide an opportunity for guests to focus upon a sound, object, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to reduce stress, promote relaxation and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Sessions at Mary’s Place by the Sea may be individual or in a group.

  • Nutrition Education

    Our certified Health Coaches present a simple philosophy of a diet filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy proteins. We believe that when the body is fueled with the best nutrients, it can do its best performance. Our coaches are certified through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

  • Oncology Massage

    Our licensed Oncology Massage Therapists provide a modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with a guest undergoing treatment for cancer.  Oncology massage can enhance quality of life by alleviating stress, anxiety, depression and reduce fatigue.  This service can also create a better tolerance for treatment-related side effects like nausea, edema and lymphedema. Massages are performed in private massage rooms in the spa at Mary’s Place by the Sea.  Please note: If you are requesting an oncology massage, please check with your doctor to make sure it does not interfere with your treatment. A doctor's note stating you are cleared to receive an oncology massage is needed prior to arrival.   Please notify us of cancellation within 48 hours of your date of arrival.

  • Prayer

    Mary’s Place by the Sea offers various forms of prayer as a spiritual activity to reduce emotional stress and worry. Our prayer facilitator meets the needs of each guest in their spiritual journey. Sessions may be in an individual or group setting.

  • Reflexology

    Our licensed practitioners provide a modality of massage used to relieve tension and promote wellness based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands and head linked to every part of the body. Reflexology has been found to promote healing and relieve stress. Reflexology sessions are performed in a private spa room or a guest bedroom and the guest remains fully clothed.

  • Reiki/Healing Touch

    Our certified Reiki practitioners provide a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on therapy that is deeply relaxing.  Reiki, Japanese word meaning” universal life force energy”, is a simple, natural and safe method that treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Beneficial effects include relaxation, balance, and feelings of peace, and well-being. One most likely will experience the feeling of a deep relaxation, warmth and calmness during and after a Reiki treatment. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. Reiki sessions are performed in a private spa room and the guest remains fully clothed