Who we are

​We are movement therapists, exercise specialists, dancers, bodyworkers, psychologists, doctors and cancer survivors who promote and teach mindful movement as a means towards greater awareness, better health and illness prevention. Starting in 1999, Moving For Life™ pioneered the field of breast cancer recovery through exercise. Today we address the health/physical challenges of all people young and old. Moving For Life™ is holistic and emphasizes self-awareness, self-respect and community. Our certified instructors receive over 100 hours of intensive training and are some of the most compassionate people you'll ever meet. While most of our instructors reside in the New York City area, we are proud to have instructors located in cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen,Tokyo and Vancouver.
 

director's Story

I began Moving For Life inspired by my mother's love of dance and worldwide travel, and by other friends like her, forced to change their lives due to the cancer journey. These women inspired me to create a class just for them because they were excited to engage in healthy lifestyles. With 10 years of sharing this carefully designed class in hospitals and agencies as a volunteer, I then helped to form Moving For Life (MFL), a non-profit 501(c3) organization. Today, MFL is committed to training caring and competent instructors and to help people challenged by illness via gentle exercise, fitness principles and wellness activities. Moving For life awakens your body and fosters the awareness needed for greater health. You discover or rediscover the joy of movement. While we now help everyone who wants to get moving, we will always have special classes that focus on cancer recovery. Participants come and go freely over time -- sometimes returning after years to once again heal or revive their energy. I feel best when I've engaged in Moving for Life a few times a week. Come join us!
--Dr. Martha Eddy, Director
 

ANNIE's STORY

"The time since my diagnosis for breast cancer has been marked by a kaleidoscope of emotions," wrote Annie, aka Dr. Allison Stern Rosen, Ph.D. However, as everything was shifting around her: "one constant remained--fatigue."

"As I looked into the existing research, I came across numerous studies on the importance of exercise in the rehabilitation of breast cancer patients. The experts were also unanimous in stressing the role that exercise and weight control plays in the long-term survival of breast cancer patients."

Annie tried to start exercising. She knew this would help her regain and maintain vitality, but there were challenges. "Movement hurt! Walking, lifting, yoga was all too strenuous. I joined a gym but the machines seemed like "torture devices." Weights hurt my joints. I tried aerobic exercise classes, but in the company of younger and stronger athletes, I felt surrounded by painful reminders of all I had lost."

Determined to do something, Annie began experimenting on her own-- and she found a way: she would put on her favorite songs and sway to the music: "I could sway and rock. At last, I had discovered a way to regain my strength. Joy is too calm a word to describe what I felt. I had a future again."

Annie shared her journey with Jan Albert and Martha Eddy. She also shared her hope: that the the 3 of them combine their expertise to create a program that: "will fill the gap I found when I was taking the first steps in my recovery." With their combined expertise in EXERCISE physiology, music, film, women's health, fertility, and psychology, they created Moving For Life. The program received rave reviews and has been expanding ever since.
 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Free Moving For Life programs have been offered in major hospitals, community & fitness centers, libraries, schools and events, including the following:
  • American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
  • American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza
  • Brooklyn Arts Exchange
  • Children’s AID Society
  • Clearview Senior Center
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Coney Island Hospital
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Emblem Health
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • Get Healthy Harlem
  • Gilda’s Club
  • Jacobi Medical Center
  • JCC of Manhattan
  • Kings County Hospital
  • Kingston Library (Ulster County)
  • Latina SHARE
  • Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • New York City Public Libraries
  • NYU Initiative for Women with Disabilities
  • NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Pride Center of Staten Island
  • Queens Cancer Center
  • Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Prevention
  • Riverside Church Wellness Center
  • SHARE Cancer Support​
  • Stowe Weekend of Hope
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital
  • Southhampton Inn
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • YWCA / YMCA
  • XHALE Spa

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL

​​" Moving For Life has been, without a doubt, a thoroughly vital and restorative practice for me. From the music and choreography to the mix of participants involved in the project –patients and instructors alike – everything about this simply felt right and positive. The class has drawn a broad mix of women. The debriefing sessions afterward addressed each of us as a whole person. As an introvert who is wary of support groups in general (for their “talkiness,” as well as the often-awkward group dynamics they engender), these sessions felt much more manageable. I cannot commend the work of Martha Eddy and the other instructors highly enough, and I firmly believe that other post-op breast cancer patients would find these classes an incredibly valuable opportunity to become involved in their own healing and recovery. "

Rachel Bundang, PhD 
Moving For Life class member
October 2010
 
Moving For Life Co-Founders (l to r): Martha Eddy, Annie Rosen & Jan Albert