Types of Services

A variety of complementary, holistic services are available to our Mary's Place by the Sea guests.  In order to truly experience a respite, we recommend, at most,  three services scheduled in one day.  Guests may also visit and experience the restorative properties of the ocean without scheduling services. Each guest’s stay is personalized to her specific needs.  All services are provided by experienced, highly-qualified practitioners devoted to helping women with cancer.

Scroll down to review each of our services:

  • Gentle Yoga

    A class structures around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, chairs are often used for a safe practice to allow the body to fully achieve each posture correctly.  The class focuses on stretching all areas of the body, while releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Class ends with various breathing techniques  and guided imagery.

  • Individual Counseling

    Work with a licensed professional in a one-on-one setting helping our guests who maybe dealing with social, emotional, and environmental problems associated with an illness or disability.


  • Guided Imagery

    Guided imagery is 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. Imagery involves all the senses, the entire body and emotions. This practice allows individuals to tap into their inner strength to cope with everyday stress. Guided imagery can produce a more productive and positive outlook for daily life.

  • 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

    A word defined by many meanings, meditation is often mystifying and confusing. In its purest definition, meditation refers to the way, the method, path or process by which one is led from within, to a universal center of calm awareness and inspired intuition. Meditation is practice of quieting the mind to achieve well-being.

  • Nutrition Education

    Mary's Place by the Sea presents the "science behind the nutrition" with an emphasis on pH balance, resulting in a strong, healthy immune system. Not one size fits all, nutritional counseling meets the needs of our guests at this very vulnerable time. It is considered and met with the latest resources and research to create wellness for a lifetime.

  • Oncology Massage

    Our massage therapists are specifically trained in oncology massage. Potential benefits of oncology massage that enhance the quality of life for a person with cancer include: improved mood by alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression, reduce fatigue and increase energy, enhance sleep, increase alertness and mental clarity, detoxification, without hepatic overload, pain reduction, and reduce need for pain medication, increased lymph flow and enhanced immune function, improved range of motion resulting in enhanced joint function, better tolerance for treatment-related side effects like nausea, decreased edema and lymphedema, enhanced body image, improved sense of well-being, quicker recovery times.  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

    For those who would like, there are opportunities for all forms of prayer as a means to reduce emotional stress and worry, while connecting to God.  The proximity to the ocean and it's calming affect lends itself to  making a spiritual connection.

  • Reflexology

    A system of massaging specific areas of the foot and hand in order to promote healing and relieve stress.

  • Reiki/Healing Touch

    Reiki is a gentle, noninvasive, hands on therapy that is deeply relaxing and assists with heating the whole person. Reiki, a 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 creating many beneficial effects that 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. There is no belief system or religion attached to Reiki and it is suitable for all ages and types of people.