Did you know that experts say that reducing stress is critcal when battling cancer? Check out this article and how restorative yoga can help reduce the stress.
Experts say stress reduction is critical in battling cancer
MISSOULA, Mont. - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Experts say stress reduction is critical in battling cancer.
Last week cancer survivor Laurie Crouser explained how stress played a role in her diagnosis of cancer.
"Stress relief and staying healthy and strong was the only way to battle it," said Crouser.
For Crouser that means jogging and weight-lifting, but there are many other options, including yoga.
"With all the chaos of our world and the bombarding of information and all these things that are happening in our daily lives, having a yoga practice where we are taking time to reconnect with ourselves is a really powerful thing for stress reduction. Even just taking three rounds of breath and bringing your awareness to that breath is going to bring a stress reduction response to the body," said Peak Health and Wellness yoga instructor Selena Garefino.
WebMD says anxiety associated with cancer may increase feelings of pain, interfere with one's ability to sleep, cause nausea and vomiting and, if left untreated, anxiety may even be associated with lower survival rates from cancer.
Garefino says chronic and acute illnesses can be very isolating.
"Being able to come into a studio space and see the same people every single week and share breath and share practice and be together in that way -- it's a really healing environment. There have been plenty of studies showing that when you reduce stress that it helps people to fight cancer and have better outcomes. There are a couple of studies that have come out of Harvard and Duke University on how stress reduction helps with better outcomes when they are being treated," Garefino said.
There are many different kinds of yoga, and some are very aggressive. Garefino urges cancer patients to start with a gentle, restorative yoga practice.
MpowerD Massage is currently offering complimentary Restorative Yoga classes until the end of the year. Donations are welcomed and will be divided between 4 charities that are near and dear to MpowerD.
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