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About the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program

In partnership with the Urban Zen Foundation, UCLA Health System offers a unique Eastern
healing program designed to enhance the care of our patients.

UCLA Health System caregivers are trained in providing the following gentle healing modalities to address the primary symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation, and exhaustion:

  • Yoga - breath awareness, in-bed movement, guided meditation and restorative poses
  • Reiki - a Japanese vibrational energy therapy facilitated by light touch, on or slightly off
    the body, that balances the human biofield
  • Essential Oils - volatile liquids distilled from plant materials used to rejuvenate the mind
    and body
  • Contemplative Care - cultivation of mindful awareness, emotional balance, equanimity
    and compassion around issues of illness

The services are offered at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

UCLA Health System is the first hospital on the West Coast to adopt the program which was founded in 2007 by fashion designer and humanitarian Donna Karan.

The Urban Zen Integrative Therapists (UZITs)

The UZITs are current patient caregivers who come from a variety of departments throughout the UCLA Health System: Oncology, Nursing, Rehab Services, Massage Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Care Coordination and Radiology. They were chosen for their previous background in alternative therapies and commitment in patient care.

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Patient & Staff Testimonials

August 2012

  • "I wanted to first of all thank you for your vision and support in providing this profound and excellent program to the UCLA health System.  Since we have done the 2nd training we have had the privilege of providing 80 visits to our ante partum population. I cannot begin to describe the amazing experience received of this wonderful gift. We have managed to help patients with stress, claustrophobia, headaches, back pain and just overall relaxation to women stuck in their beds day after day. It has provided us with a whole different level of being here and making a difference one patient at a time. I want to thank you for all that you provided us in this training and the support to be able to offer this amazing program. We truly send our heart felt thanks to you.  Every time a patient opens her eyes after going through meditative breathe awareness with essential oils and smiles and says "wow", we know that we have helped her in away that transcends any thank you. This is a gift that is priceless. Thank you."

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For Patients

UZ services are available to inpatients (those hospitalized within the UCLA Health System) and to outpatients (those who have upcoming appointments in a UCLA Westwood or Santa Monica clinic).

If you are interested in receiving UZ therapy from a certified Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT), please follow the instructions below:

  • Inpatients: Simply make the request to your nurse or physician at any time during your hospitalization.

  • Outpatients: Before your next appointment: Call your clinic / doctor's office and let them know you are interested in receiving Urban Zen Therapy during your visit.

If your nurse or physician approves you for the therapy, they will submit a written request to the UZIT in your unit/clinic. If a UZIT is not available, the request will be faxed to Rehab Services and an available UZIT will be dispatched.


Supporting Urban Zen Integrative Therapy

To learn more about how you can support the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program at UCLA, contact Marcia Shackelford at

To make a gift to the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, please click here. Your gift will help support will provide the training of doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in practices that encourage optimal healing.


About The Urban Zen Foundation

The Urban Zen Foundation seeks to raise awareness and inspire change in three initiatives: preservation of culture; empowering children in mind, body and spirit; and integrating Eastern healing techniques with Western medicine. Urban Zen designs forums, partners with and provides funding for like-minded organizations, and brings together experts to define solutions, implement action, and create programs and meaningful events to develop a community of like-minded people.


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Alice Hang
Rehab Management Assistant
Office: 310-267-8200