What's  Class Like? 










Through accessible instruction class members can learn the anatomical and exercise knowledge to take control of their post-treatment healing and become as active as possible:
  • Class begins with an easy breath-based warm-up and stretching—safely increasing the range of movement in the arms and legs. Next, explore breathing and movement exercises that are specially designed to reduce swelling (lymphedema).
  • Then, reduce fatigue by dancing actively to upbeat music. Work up a sweat and awaken and enliven bodies and spirits instilled with whimsy. Build strength using weights and therabands or one's own body weight.
  • Some sequences challenge the brain - helping to fight the effects of mental fog and confusion.
  • Each session comes to a close with a relaxing stretching sequence and an community dialogue about new feelings and resources.
  • Every class member receives personalized instruction and is guided to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of all part of the body (helping body image and self-respect).
  • Upbeat music and free movement serves as an antidote to depression, doing so with others counteracts isolation.

Program Designer 

Dr. Eddy designs internationally acclaimed exercise and dance programs for specialized health needs. She is a recognized
leader & published author in movement science, dance education, fitness, & somatic education - body-mind awareness. She integrates her expertise from Teachers College Columbia University as an exercise physiologist with her years of teaching with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OT and Irmgard Bartenieff, PT. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) practicing Dynamic Embodiment, an approach to movement therapy that she created in 1991 and is affiliated with her work at SUNY-Empire State College. Her BA is in Dance Education from Hamsphire College, and her masters and doctorate is from Columbia University in Movement Science and Education. Among her programs are others for children: Eye Openers DVD focuses on Attention Issues, Peaceful Play Programming on Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention, and Relax to Focus on neuro-motor interventions for children with special needs. She is currently developing neuromotor assessment for schools, and applying her expertise to programming for children on the austism spectrum. She lectures internationally & has a private practice in NYC.

Proud Partnerships

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Expert Teachers

Many MFL teachers have 15+ years experience. They provide easy to follow, personalized instruction, and understand the cancer experience many are survivors themselves. Learn More

Medical Oversight

MFl is endorsed by surgeons, oncologists, psychologists, exercise/dance experts & consultants on our
Advisory Council.

Holistic Approach

Everyone is encouraged to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of the body. Classes are specially designed to address the affects of cancer treatment - radiation, chemotherapy and/or surgery.
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Affordable and Free Offerings

Moving For Life classes offered by hospitals are on the most part free. Foundation grants and donors support our community classes with reputable agencies (Gilda's Club and SHARE CancerSupport). We also offer low-priced classes in local wellness and physical therapy centers.

Locations 

Clases are offerd in most boroughs of New York City. There are also classes on Long Island, New Jersey, and California (in the Bay Area), new classes will be starting soon in Vancouver. Keep an eye open for classes starting up in Ohio as well as in Denmark, Norway, & Holland, and Tokyo! Contact us to develop programming in your area. 

Testimonials and Support


"Moving For Life provides a safe and joyous place to move your body. You leave the class relaxed and energized, and with the feeling that everything's going to be alright."

-Nancy Bruning, MPH, movement educator, author of "Coping With Chemotherapy" and 24 other books.