The Victory Center Services

All programs and services are available free of charge to men, women and children in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan area who have been diagnosed with cancer.
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Individual hands-on therapies are offered from date of diagnosis until six months post-treatment. Participants may schedule three hands-on therapies per month on a once a week basis. Additionally, support services and group programs are available to current participants and all cancer survivors in the community.

Individual Therapies

Healing Touch and/or Reiki

Healing Touch and Reiki are complementary energy-based approaches to healing. They work with the energy of the body to induce deep relaxation in order to restore harmony and balance in one’s energy system, which helps the person be in a better state to heal. The treatment is performed while you are fully clothed and either in a seated or reclined position according to your comfort level. An individual session lasts approximately one hour.

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Energy Tune-Up (Sound Therapy)

Sound therapy is based on the principle that sounds are vibrations that the body absorbs, which can strongly affect us by their nature. Specific tuning forks are struck in close proximity to the body resulting in a chime-like experience. The gentle tones bathe the body in “good” vibrations, which are intended to promote healing on a cellular level. Sound therapy sessions are approximately one hour in length.

Massage Therapy

Massage can release tension and encourage healing. Oncology massage uses gentle pressure, so it is compatible with pre-and post-surgical patients, and anytime during or after cancer treatment. The known benefits of receiving a massage are: relaxation, improved circulation, strengthening of the immune system, removal of toxins from the body, improved sleep, and reduction of fatigue, pain, and anxiety. Massage sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and can be done either clothed or unclothed per participant’s request.

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Reflexology

The basic philosophy of reflexology is that the foot holds reflex areas that mirror and connect to all parts of the body. Practitioners are trained to pinpoint these areas. In addition to improving function in the connecting area, the technique promotes overall relaxation and facilitates improvement in circulation and elimination systems. Reflexology appointments are approximately 45 minutes in length and require the removal of socks and shoes. You remain in a seated position in a zero gravity chair for complete relaxation.

Facials

All facials are provided by a licensed esthetician, and they are designed for both a calming and therapeutic effect. Benefits include moisturizing and nourishing the skin while improving circulation and skin tone. The face, neck, shoulders, and arms are all given a gentle massage during the treatment. No peels or scrubs are used; just gentle products designed to achieve the balancing of skin moisture levels. Facials are scheduled on the hour. To enjoy the full effect of the neck, shoulder, and arm massage, participants will remove garments from the waist up and lay covered under a sheet for the session.

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Short Term Counseling

The counseling program goals include addressing all issues related to cancer treatment, such as: adjustment to the changes in one’s life, the impact the journey has on interpersonal relationships and the family, survivorship anxiety, end of life issues, grief, family roles, and others. The sessions are available to registered participants and their family or caregivers. Young children are also appropriate for this service.

Family members may take advantage of this service even if their family member experiencing the cancer does not register at the center.

Appointments last one hour, with a three session limit per incident.

Support Groups

Weekly Support Group

All types of Cancer and Caregivers are welcome.

Every Wednesday

6-7:30pm TVC@Central

Caregiver Meeting

Friends and family supporting a loved one with cancer

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month

6-7:30pm TVC@Central

Daytime Support Group

All types of cancer and caregivers welcome

3rd Monday of every month

1-2:30pm TVC@Perrysburg

Breast Cancer Support Group

All breast cancer patients welcome
Funded by: Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm TVC @ Central

Blood Cancer Support Group

All blood cancer patients welcome
In partnership with: L & L Society
1st Monday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm TV@Central

Young Cancer Survivors

For those in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s
In partnership with: Mercy Health
1st Thursday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm
TVC@Perrysburg

Wig Bank

Wig Bank

Three days a month, our Wig Bank is open for any cancer survivor to come and pick out a free wig. Most wigs are brand new, straight from the manufacturer. Specially trained survivors help with the fittings and practical advice. One wig is allowed per person per calendar year. No appointment is necessary. The Wig Bank is only at the Perrysburg satellite location and is open the following times and days:

• 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am – Noon
• 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am – Noon

Gentle Exercise Classes

Yoga

Yoga emphasizes the integration of the body, mind, emotions and spirit, thus creating a balanced person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In a yoga session, one learns the deep association between body, mind, breath and awareness which merge to create rhythm, harmony and balance. No experience is necessary to participate in yoga at The Victory Center. The instructor will work with each individual to progress in a way that is gentle, focused, and personal. Sessions last between 60-90 minutes, with no pre-registration required. Dress comfortably, yoga mats provided. Guests welcome.

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Healthy Steps

Healthy Steps is gentle, therapeutic exercise program that was designed for breast cancer survivors but has proven beneficial for other cancer patients and survivors (pre- or post-operative). The benefits of this program include: increased range of motion, reduction of pain, stimulation of the lymphatic (immune system), reduction and /or deterrence of lymphedema, increased energy, reduced depression, weight stabilization, and promotion of positive self-image. Fun, music, laughter, a connection to others, and gentle effective exercise are all included.

Nia Fitness

Nia is a sensory-based movement lifestyle that leads to health, wellness and fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Classes last for one hour and are done in a group format. No appointment or preregistration is required to attend. Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended. All moves are performed in a seated or standing position.

Read More

Aquatic Exercise

This free weekly exercise class is held at the Central Park West Health Center heated pool. It is open for any registered participants of The Victory Center, though preregistration is required. There are many benefits of aquatic exercise because of the buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and resistive properties of water. For example, it helps improve range of motion, reduces pain, decreases swelling, reduces blood pressure and can help improve balance, muscle tone, strength and endurance.

Pink Ribbon Program

The Pink Ribbon Program is a Pilates-based post-operative exercise program to help breast cancer survivors regain mobility and improve quality of life. This 6-week program helps improve strength, range of motion and sense of well-being. Participants must preregister.

Creative Arts

Health Spirit Art Therapy

Art Therapy provides therapeutic, healing benefits for cancer patients and survivors and helps reduce symptoms such as pain, anxiety and fatigue. Art Therapy also helps individuals cope with complex health-related issues, grief, expression and communication. Classes generally last two hours and preregistration is required.

Read More

Zentangle

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The focus is on the process, not the outcome. The Zentangle method is an art form that teaches you how to shift your state of mind toward relaxation, focus, and inspiration. Preregistration is required.

Crafting

Fun crafting classes vary each month and are open to all cancer patients and survivors, though preregistration is required. Projects range from hand painted vases to holiday painted trays to twig inspired art.

Special Programs

Special Programs

The Victory Center has a wide array of special programs every week. Some weeks that might include a Glass Mosaic Class and a Nutrition Workshop. Other weeks it might include a Belly Dancing Class, an Aromatherapy Consultation and a Crafting Class. Registered participants receive a monthly newsletter detailing all the special activities each month. Others can access the calendar and newsletter on the web site.

Individual Therapies

Healing Touch

Healing Touch and Reiki are complementary energy-based approaches to healing. They work with the energy of the body to induce deep relaxation in order to restore harmony and balance in one’s energy system, which helps the person be in a better state to heal. The treatment is performed while you are fully clothed and either in a seated or reclined position according to your comfort level. An individual session lasts approximately one hour.

Read More

Energy Tune-Up (Sound Therapy)

Sound therapy is based on the principle that sounds are vibrations that the body absorbs, which can strongly affect us by their nature. Specific tuning forks are struck in close proximity to the body resulting in a chime-like experience. The gentle tones bathe the body in “good” vibrations, which are intended to promote healing on a cellular level. Sound therapy sessions are approximately one hour in length.

Massage Therapy

Massage can release tension and encourage healing. Oncology massage uses gentle pressure, so it is compatible with pre-and post-surgical patients, and anytime during or after cancer treatment. The known benefits of receiving a massage are: relaxation, improved circulation, strengthening of the immune system, removal of toxins from the body, improved sleep, and reduction of fatigue, pain, and anxiety. Massage sessions last approximately 30 minutes, and can be done either clothed or unclothed per participant’s request.

Read More

Reflexology

The basic philosophy of reflexology is that the foot holds reflex areas that mirror and connect to all parts of the body. Practitioners are trained to pinpoint these areas. In addition to improving function in the connecting area, the technique promotes overall relaxation and facilitates improvement in circulation and elimination systems. Reflexology appointments are approximately 45 minutes in length and require the removal of socks and shoes. You remain in a seated position in a zero gravity chair for complete relaxation.

Facials

All facials are provided by a licensed esthetician, and they are designed for both a calming and therapeutic effect. Benefits include moisturizing and nourishing the skin while improving circulation and skin tone. The face, neck, shoulders, and arms are all given a gentle massage during the treatment. No peels or scrubs are used; just gentle products designed to achieve the balancing of skin moisture levels. Facials are scheduled on the hour. To enjoy the full effect of the neck, shoulder, and arm massage, participants will remove garments from the waist up and lay covered under a sheet for the session.

Read More

Short Term Counseling

The counseling program goals include addressing all issues related to cancer treatment, such as: adjustment to the changes in one’s life, the impact the journey has on interpersonal relationships and the family, survivorship anxiety, end of life issues, grief, family roles, and others. The sessions are available to registered participants and their family or caregivers. Young children are also appropriate for this service.

Family members may take advantage of this service even if their family member experiencing the cancer does not register at the center.

Appointments last one hour, with a three session limit per incident.

Support Groups

Weekly Support Group

All types of Cancer and Caregivers are welcome.

Every Wednesday

6-7:30pm TVC@Central

Caregiver Meeting

Friends and family supporting a loved one with cancer

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month

6-7:30pm TVC@Central

Daytime Support Group

All types of cancer and caregivers welcome

3rd Monday of every month

1-2:30pm TVC@Perrysburg

Breast Cancer Support Group

All breast cancer patients welcome
Funded by: Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm TVC @ Central

Blood Cancer Support Group

All blood cancer patients welcome
In partnership with: L & L Society
1st Monday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm TV@Central

Young Cancer Survivors

For those in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s
In partnership with: Mercy Health
1st Thursday of every month
6 – 7:30 pm
TVC@Perrysburg

Wig Bank

Wig Bank

Three days a month, our Wig Bank is open for any cancer survivor to come and pick out a free wig. Most wigs are brand new, straight from the manufacturer. Specially trained survivors help with the fittings and practical advice. One wig is allowed per person per calendar year. No appointment is necessary. The Wig Bank is only at the Perrysburg satellite location and is open the following times and days:

• 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am – Noon
• 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am – Noon

Gentle Exercise Classes

Yoga

Yoga emphasizes the integration of the body, mind, emotions and spirit, thus creating a balanced person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In a yoga session, one learns the deep association between body, mind, breath and awareness which merge to create rhythm, harmony and balance. No experience is necessary to participate in yoga at The Victory Center. The instructor will work with each individual to progress in a way that is gentle, focused, and personal. Sessions last between 60-90 minutes, with no pre-registration required. Dress comfortably, yoga mats provided. Guests welcome.

Read More

Healthy Steps

Healthy Steps is gentle, therapeutic exercise program that was designed for breast cancer survivors but has proven beneficial for other cancer patients and survivors (pre- or post-operative). The benefits of this program include: increased range of motion, reduction of pain, stimulation of the lymphatic (immune system), reduction and /or deterrence of lymphedema, increased energy, reduced depression, weight stabilization, and promotion of positive self-image. Fun, music, laughter, a connection to others, and gentle effective exercise are all included.

Nia Fitness

Nia is a sensory-based movement lifestyle that leads to health, wellness and fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Classes last for one hour and are done in a group format. No appointment or preregistration is required to attend. Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended. All moves are performed in a seated or standing position.

Read More

Aquatic Exercise

This free weekly exercise class is held at the Central Park West Health Center heated pool. It is open for any registered participants of The Victory Center, though preregistration is required. There are many benefits of aquatic exercise because of the buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and resistive properties of water. For example, it helps improve range of motion, reduces pain, decreases swelling, reduces blood pressure and can help improve balance, muscle tone, strength and endurance.

Pink Ribbon Program

The Pink Ribbon Program is a Pilates-based post-operative exercise program to help breast cancer survivors regain mobility and improve quality of life. This 6-week program helps improve strength, range of motion and sense of well-being. Participants must preregister.

Creative Arts

Health Spirit Art Therapy

Art Therapy provides therapeutic, healing benefits for cancer patients and survivors and helps reduce symptoms such as pain, anxiety and fatigue. Art Therapy also helps individuals cope with complex health-related issues, grief, expression and communication. Classes generally last two hours and preregistration is required.

Read More

Zentangle

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. The focus is on the process, not the outcome. The Zentangle method is an art form that teaches you how to shift your state of mind toward relaxation, focus, and inspiration. Preregistration is required.

Crafting

Fun crafting classes vary each month and are open to all cancer patients and survivors, though preregistration is required. Projects range from hand painted vases to holiday painted trays to twig inspired art.

Special Programs

Special Programs

The Victory Center has a wide array of special programs every week. Some weeks that might include a Glass Mosaic Class and a Nutrition Workshop. Other weeks it might include a Belly Dancing Class, an Aromatherapy Consultation and a Crafting Class. Registered participants receive a monthly newsletter detailing all the special activities each month. Others can access the calendar and newsletter on the web site.