4 Best Rebounder Exercises For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Management

Rebounding For Breast Canvcer Recovery & LymphedemaThe Most Popular Rebounder Workouts

There are several rebounding workouts you can enjoy, depending on your fitness level. These are the four most popular rebounder workouts:

The Health Bounce

The best workout for beginners, the health bounce is a great, low impact way to get your lymph system flowing. The key thing to remember with the health bounce is to keep your feet on the jump mat while you bounce. The health bounce also works best for warms ups and cool downs for more intensive rebounding workouts.

Check out this video to see the Health Bounce in action:

The Aerobic Bounce

The aerobic bounce is exactly how it sounds: a workout that really improves your aerobic capacity. Running in place, trampoline prances, and jumping jacks are all fair game for the aerobic bounce.

Check out this video to see the Aerobic Bounce in action:

The Strength Bounce

To perform the strength bounce, simply bounce as high as you can go. Best for intermediate to advanced rebounding enthusiasts, the strength bounce helps build incredible strength. The higher you are able to bounce, the more gravitational pull, or G-Force, you will experience on your body.

The bottom line: The higher you jump with the strength bounce, the stronger you will become.

The Sitting Bounce

If you don’t have a very high level of fitness due to injury, illness, or advanced age, the sitting bounce might be best for you. You will need one other person to properly perform the sitting bounce. First, sit on the rebounder. Second, your partner should stand directly behind you and gently bounce up and down, which will help you bounce up and down as a result. To further develop your core strength with the sitting bounce, try leaning back, extending your arms, or using your arms to help you bounce.

Check out this video to see the sitting bounce in action:

What Else Should I Know about Rebounding?
Safety Precautions: As with any exercise, safety should be your first priority. Some tips to stay safe while enjoying your rebound workout:

  1. If needed, use a stability bar to aid you with balance while bouncing
  2. Make sure your rebounder supports your weight. You should be able to get this information from the manufacturer. Some rebounder trampolines can only support up to three hundred pounds, while other rebounder models can support more than three hundred pounds
  3. You should wear loose fitting clothing to allow for optimal lymph flow, but make sure your clothing is not too loose so that you are not at risk for tripping over your clothing!

Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZoneIf you are ready to start a new, refreshing stage in your battle against breast cancer, start rebounding today with these high quality rebounders. Use discount code VICTORY for 10% off all products in our store.

A life of better health awaits you.

Author: Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZone 

 

Try These Great Tips For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery BookRestorative Yoga therapy can effectively help restore physical movement and aide in post surgical recovery. One of the essential tools for recovery is effectively dealing with stress and depression. Pain and worry affects the body, creating stress hormone release. When the body becomes stressed, the breath becomes shallow, which in turn tenses the muscles. Some may even find themselves unconsciously holding the breath.  Here are a restorative yoga poses we have created specifically for post surgical breast cancer recovery:Restorative Yoga For Post Surgical Recovery

Try Let It Rise Yoga Pose To Restore Movement For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga therapy addresses the emotional and physical causes of stress, fear, anxiety and depression. This marks the beginning of recovery and allows a state of clarity and relaxation to be experienced. These states of calmness produce their own associated neurohormones which promote the healing process to begin. We have created a step by step instructions so you can learn how to do specialized breathing techniques during breast cancer treatment and for post surgical recovery.

Breathing Guidelines & Techniques For Breast CancerStart A Breathing Exercise Routine To Manage Stress, Fear And Anxiety

Long-term health benefits of yoga breathing exercise is potentially significant, but short-term increase in energy, focus, peace and brain power you gain from just a five minute yoga breathing technique is incredibly strong in your general well – availability, productivity and happiness.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

Massage Therapy For Breast Cancer PatientsWhat is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual method of working on body’s soft tissues, deep muscles, various pressure points, tendons and ligaments using several techniques and applying fixed and movable pressure, to help relieve stress, promote healing and relaxation. The massage is performed by a professional who uses their hands and fingers to handle different muscles by making various movements like pressing and rubbing. All of these techniques are quite advantageous for the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body. Owing to these great benefits, massage therapy for cancer patients is now becoming common.

One of the oldest method of healing, massage therapy, is a clinically oriented health care option, now used widely as a complementary treatment for cancer patients. Massage therapy helps people suffering from cancer by eliminating anxiety, boosting the immunity, and diminishing tiredness and pain. Various modalities of massage therapy are employed for cancer care. Some of them are Swedish massage, aromatherapy massage, acupressure, and reflexology.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

There are various varieties of massage therapies available, and the therapy offered will depend upon the patient’s individual needs and conditions.

In Swedish massage multiple strokes and moments are used to relax the muscles of the body while lubricating the skin with massage oil. While aromatherapy focuses on the physical, and mental well-being of the person. Various fragrant oils and scents are used to complement and naturally enhance the benefits of massage. Acupressure simply thought as acupuncture without needles, involves applying pressure to acupoints on the body. This Chinese technique is used to treat many diseases.  Reflexology, another modality of massage therapy, is the application of appropriate pressure, to the specific points on the hands, feet or ears that are linked to other parts of the body.

All these approaches and various massage methods emphasize on specific goals by restoring and calming the body and mind, muscles and soft tissues. When a massage therapist massages a particular area of the body, positive electrical activity is generated and transmitted from that region, which leads to increased blood circulation, low levels of pain, better capability to fight diseases, and an increased lymphatic drainage. Massage therapy helps in lowering stress levels and improves quality of life.

Advantages of Massage Therapy with Different Types of Cancer

As per above discussions, there are many different kinds of massage therapy and these have various effects on the body. There are different types of cancer, and their stages and treatment are also variable. All forms of cancer cause pain, it is very prevalent amongst cancer patients and often neglected by physicians. Massage therapy for cancer patients is used increasingly to relieve cancer-related pain and is considered useful and beneficial for their well-being, leading to decreased pain scores in cancer patients. It also helps in relieving other symptoms of cancer such tiredness, difficulty in sleeping, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing lymphedema and several other side effects, providing healing and relaxation to the cancer patients. A research conducted with 230 cancer patients concluded that healing touch of massage relieves pain and anxiety levels and decreases the need to take painkillers. Massage therapy is also of great advantage in breast cancer patients. The therapeutic process elevates the level of brain chemical  “dopamine “in the brain,  which leads to elevated mood and feeling to goodness and wellbeing, a number of protective white blood cells also increase and help boost the immune system of these patients.

Does Massage Therapy Cause Metastasis?

Metastasis is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to other parts. Although there are various debates and myths present, linking massage to metastasis of cancer, there is no real evidence present to support, that massage therapy in cancer patients leads to or promotes metastasis. Massage therapy for cancer patients is considered safe and rather helpful for the those suffering from cancer. However, any modality of massage therapy, which the patient may plan to undertake, should be properly discussed with the doctor, as there might be potential risk involved for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.

However, it is the subject of debate that deep pressure massage therapy might be responsible for the spread of tumor and metastasis of cancer in various body organs. It is, therefore, crucial that one should not directly massage over the tumor area, and it’s surrounding soft tissues and muscles. Deep massage therapy should be avoided in people with bone cancer as deep massage and application of pressure applied over the affected area might cause a bone fracture.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of cancer. Chemotherapy, in addition to the killing of cancer cells, causes severe side effects like anxiety, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, problems with muscle and nerves, muscle pain, kidney and bladder problems. Massage therapy for cancer patients not only helps in dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy but also enhances the positive impact of chemo. The relaxation response caused by massage therapy helps relieve nausea and decreases muscle pain. In 2005, a research stated that acupressure, a type of massage therapy, reduces vomiting and nausea, induced by chemotherapy. Another research study conducted in 2007 stipulated that post- chemotherapy fatigue, physical fatigue, and anemia is reduced after massage therapy in cancer patients.

Does Massage Therapy Decrease the Side Effects of Radiation?

Radiation therapy, also known as radiation or radio, is another form of cancer treatment that relies on radio waves to treat the tumor and decrease its size. However its side effects are also massive and troublesome, they can include, for instance, insomnia, fatigue, hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, swelling, urinary and bladder changes, and sexual changes. There is an established role of massage therapy in fighting the side effects of radiotherapy. It counters the damaging effects of heat and radiation by healing and soothing through touch. In 2009, a pilot study that included 14 cancer patients receiving acupuncture for four weeks, concluded that massage therapy in these patients relieved Xerostomia, a condition caused by radiation in which salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva that can in turn lead to severe dryness of mouth.

Does Massage Therapy Stimulate the Immune System?

Massage therapy boosts the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood throughout the body. The enhanced circulation of blood leads to delivery of nutrients throughout the body, along with the circulation of lymph, which promotes movement of fighter cells of immune system. The extra boost in immune system through massage helps body fighting potential and speeds up recovery from infection and injury.

Does Massage Therapy Increase Quality of Life?

Massage therapy for cancer patients enhances the quality of life. Massage therapy increases circulation of blood and metabolism, hence activating every cell of the body, increasing immunity, and in the rejuvenation of body and mind. It was proven in 2003 by Department of Mental health science in the UK.

Does Massage Therapy Increase the Survival Rate?

Physical symptoms of cancer are quite distressing for the patients battling cancer. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pain and increased fatigue levels. Proper massage therapy along with exercise and change in diet positively affects up to 75 to 95% of cancer patients. Massage therapy for cancer patients leads to improved fatigue levels. The research was conducted by cancer rehabilitation institute at the University of North Colorado.

Featured Photo Source: American Massage Therapy Association

References:

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

What Happens When Cancerous Cells Move Into Your Lymph System?

What Happens When Cancerous Cells Move into your Lymph System?When cancer cells break away from the main tumor, there’s a great possibility that they will become stuck to nearby lymph nodes. This is why doctors usually check the lymph nodes first when figuring out how far cancer has grown or spread.

When the cancerous cells make contact with the lymph node, they may divide and perform a tumor at the site of the lymph node. When doctors examine the lymph nodes and find evidence of metastases (especially in lymph nodes near the primary tumor), this is an indicator that metastasis exists in distant organs and often helps doctors make prognoses.

Proper lymph drainage lowers your risk of developing cancer, as it ensures proper removal of abnormal, cancerous cells and prevents metastasis.

The Key Takeaway: When cancer cells break away from the main tumor, they can travel through other parts of the body via the lymph system. When transported via the lymph system, cancerous cells may end up in your lymph nodes, where most are killed but one or two may settle and grow into new tumors, leading to metastasis.

So, before I move into how you can strengthen your lymph system and slow down the spread of cancer, time for a quick review!

You now know:

  1. The lymph system is critical for your body’s defense against harmful toxins and bacteria.
  2. Cancerous cells can move through your body via the lymph system, leading to the possibility of metastasis.
  3. Proper lymph drainage ensures cancer prevention and prevention of the spread of cancerous cells, or metastasis.

Now, from point 3 above, it should follow that a healthy, well-functioning lymph system is crucial for cancer prevention and metastasis.

Let’s go into how you can boost and invigorate your lymph system so that it is on top of its game when you need it.

How Can you Boost your Lymphatic System?

There are three ways you can boost your lymph system:
1.) Proper Nutrition Boosts your Lymph SystemProper Nutrition Boosts your Lymph System

  • Certain foods can improve lymphatic flow, including:
  • Citrus fruits such as limes, lemons, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit
  • Berries, specifically cranberries
  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • Chia, hemp, and flax
  • Herbs and spices such as black pepper, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric
  • Seaweed and algae

There are also foods that you should avoid, including:

  • Dairy foods
  • Processed foods
  • Sugary foods
  • Oily foods

2.) Development of Positive Habits for a Healthy Lymph SystemDevelopment of Positive Habits for a Healthy Lymph System

There are some habits that can produce a positive impact on your lymph system (and prevent the development and spread of cancer):

  • Wear bras less frequently (very important for breast cancer) – Clothing that constricts body parts can interfere with lymph flow and drainage
  • Get regular massages – Massages are great for stimulating lymph drainage
  • Properly hydrate your body – Drinking water helps your lymph flow along with flow in other major bodily systems. Forget the eight glasses of water everyday rule. Shoot for drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh two hundred pounds, drink one hundred ounces of water.
  • Breathe deep! – Fill your lungs completely and don’t move your shoulders
  • Swish oil in your mouth – Swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth clears your sinuses which helps with lymph flow
  • Attain proper alignment in your body with chiropractic care – Proper alignment in your body helps with better drainage of fluid
  • Take advantage of regular spa days – Time in a sauna is a great way to remove toxins from your body, which revs up your lymph system, too
  • Enjoy a clay bath – Clay baths provide a great way for you to detox and enjoy a thorough skin cleanse, both of which are helpful for your lymph system
  • Hold your liver sacred – your liver produces lymph, which is critical for the rest of your lymph system
  • Experiment with dry skin brushing – rubbing a dry brush across your body opens up skin pores and, as a result, stimulates your lymph system.

3.) The most important habit you can adopt? Get moving and exercise! Your lymph system doesn’t have a pump to stimulate lymph movement; therefore, you have to get that lymph moving manually. The best way to do this is via exercise, but not just any exercise.

Learn more below:

Get Moving to Boost your Lymph Flow

Any vertically oriented exercise is best for your lymph system. So, your go to exercises should be downward dogs, jumping jacks, or headstands. Certain physical limitations, however, can make these types of exercises uncomfortable, painful, or even impossible. For these reasons, bouncing on a trampoline, or rebounding, is the most effective workout you can give your lymph system. Check out the next section to learn why.

The Best Exercise for your Lymphatic System: Rebounding!

What is Rebounding? Rebounding increases the flow of oxygen to all cells in your body, and the exercise can help you become healthier, stronger, and help your body become more capable of effectively fighting disease.The Best Exercise for your Lymphatic System- Rebounding!

What Equipment is Needed to Rebound? All you need is a high quality rebounder trampoline, or exercise trampoline, to rebound! If you need more stability during your bounces, you can also purchase a stability bar with most rebounder models. For more info on what to look for when shopping for a rebounder, check out this detailed rebounder trampoline buyer’s guide.

How do I Use the Rebounder During my Workouts? There are several rebounding workouts you can enjoy, depending on your fitness level. These are the four most popular rebounder workouts:

The Sitting Bounce

If you don’t have a very high level of fitness due to injury, illness, or advanced age, the sitting bounce might be best for you. You will need one other person to properly perform the sitting bounce. First, sit on the rebounder. Second, your partner should stand directly behind you and gently bounce up and down, which will help you bounce up and down. To further develop your core strength with the sitting bounce, try leaning back, extending your arms, or using your arms to help you bounce.

Check out this video to see the sitting bounce in action:

Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZoneIf you are ready to start a new, refreshing stage in your battle against breast cancer, start rebounding today with these high quality rebounders. Use discount code VICTORY for 10% off all products in our store.

A life of better health awaits you.

Author: Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZone 

How is your Lymphatic System Connected with Cancer?

How is your Lymphatic System Connected with Cancer?Are you living with or at high risk for breast cancer? Did you know there are certain habits and exercises you can use to strengthen your body’s response to breast cancer? Not only will these habits and exercises help prevent and self treat breast cancer, but they will also benefit your health in a myriad of other ways.

In this article, I will detail exactly what these habits and exercise are. But, before I go that far, let’s start with the base: your lymphatic system.

What is the Lymphatic System?

Why your Lymphatic System is Critical to your Overall HealthThe lymph system is a network of nodes, organs, and lymph vessels. Your lymph system consists of your adenoids, liver, lymph fluid, lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, spleen, thymus, thoracic duct,  and tonsils. Working in harmony, your lymph system’s components absorb excess fluid from the body and return that fluid to your bloodstream. These components also absorb fat in your small intestine and boost your immune system.

Why your Lymphatic System is Critical to your Overall Health

A healthy, well-functioning lymph system serves several critical functions for your health and wellness, including:

    • Balance of proteins in your tissues’ fluids
    • Diffusion and circulation of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K from your red blood cells.
    • Regulation of your blood pressure

The most important reason to have a healthy lymph system?: A strong lymph system provides protection from harmful toxins and bacteria.

Now that you understand the importance of your lymph system, let’s explore how it is connected with cancer.

How is your Lymphatic System Connected with Cancer?

As mentioned above, your lymph system serves as a critical line of defense for your body’s immunity. In this defense, your lymphatic system destroys old or abnormal cells, such as cancer cells.

Details on How your Lymph System Removes Cancerous Cells

This is a high level overview on how cancerous cells are removed from your body:

Blood circulates throughout your body.

      1. As your blood flows, fluid leaks from your blood vessels to your body tissues.
      2. This excess fluid delivers food to your cells and forms tissue fluid with your body’s tissues.
      3. At this point, this excess fluid picks up bacteria, waste products, and damaged or abnormal cells, including cancerous cells.
      4. After this “garbage collection”, the fluid drains into your lymph vessels.

Next, your lymph fluid flows through your lymph vessels and lymph glands, filtering out those nasty cancerous cells along the way.

The most important habit you can adopt? Get moving and exercise! Your lymph system doesn’t have a pump to stimulate lymph movement; therefore, you have to get that lymph moving manually. The best way to do this is via exercise, but not just any exercise.

Learn more below:

Get Moving to Boost your Lymph Flow

Any vertically oriented exercise is best for your lymph system. So, your go to exercises should be downward dogs, jumping jacks, or headstands. Certain physical limitations, however, can make these types of exercises uncomfortable, painful, or even impossible. For these reasons, bouncing on a trampoline, or rebounding, is the most effective workout you can give your lymph system. Check out the next section to learn why.

The Best Exercise for your Lymphatic System: Rebounding!

The Best Exercise for your Lymphatic System- Rebounding!What is Rebounding? Rebounding is a great exercise that helps you satisfy all four essential elements of exercise: aerobic capacity, endurance, flexibility, and strength. Rebounding increases the flow of oxygen to all cells in your body, and the exercise can help you become healthier, stronger, and help your body become more capable of effectively fighting disease.

What Equipment is Needed to Rebound?All you need is a high quality rebounder trampoline, or exercise trampoline, to rebound! If you need more stability during your bounces, you can also purchase a stability bar with most rebounder models. For more info on what to look for when shopping for a rebounder, check out this detailed rebounder trampoline buyer’s guide.

Even if you rebound regularly, you still need to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet, get proper rest, avoid negative behaviors such as drug use, and get proper treatment for states detrimental to your health such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

Due to its positive impact on not only your lymph system but a variety of other bodily systems, rebounding is the best exercise to invigorate your body’s lymph flow.

Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZoneIf you are ready to start a new, refreshing stage in your battle against breast cancer, start rebounding today with these high quality rebounders. Use discount code VICTORY for 10% off all products in our store.

A life of better health awaits you.

Author: Leonard Parker, Owner of RebounderZone 

Ultra Supported Backbend For Breast Cancer Recovery & Lymphedema Management

Breast Cancer Yoga Ultra Supported BackbendYou have finally arrived to an “AHHH” moment when you experience this pose. The great benefits of this pose are that it elevates the chest, deepens the breath, promotes lymphatic drainage of breasts and widens the pectoral muscles.

Benefits

  • Balances autonomic nervous system
  • Allows the shoulder blades to feel supported comfortably
  • Spreads the clavicle, relieves pressure on brachial plexus (network of nerves)
  • Stretches pectoral muscles
  • Quickly promotes inner calm
  • Elevates chest, and deepens breath
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage of breasts & pectorals
  • Post-surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue

Instructions
This pose requires three cylinder bolsters and one rectangle bolsters or many cushions from the couch and many blankets would work, too (well worth the effort.)

  1. Begin seated on folded blankets/cushion with legs extended over one cylinder bolster with feet resting on a folded blanket, small pillow or another bolster.
  2. Place two yoga cylinder bolsters/pillows, separated 3/4 inches apart behind back running horizontal to torso.
  3. Roll back onto bolsters, placing arms and shoulders in between where there  is an opening and rest head on bolster. A small pillow is not needed.
  4. Stay in this pose for 10 minutes depending on comfort level or make necessary adjustments to enjoy this pose to the fullest.
  5. If needed, you can place hands on chest or belly with fingers interlaced together.
  6. Elbows may rest on props.
  7. When finished, sit up, coming off of the bolster/blankets, place bolster on lap, and drape the torso over the bolster in a forward bend.
  8. Enjoy the forward release of your spine.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Try Breast Cancer Yoga’s extra gentle yoga DVD for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Yoga Pose With Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 Owner of A Jewel In The Lotus

Palm Tree Yoga Pose is a great standing pose for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management. This pose helps with stiffness or tightness in the chest area or the armpit (axilla) area that comes after either surgery, radiation therapy and lymphedema flare ups. Depending on the symptoms, your physician will select the best treatment for your condition. There is the possibility that lymphedema can be prevented, controlled or at least managed. For more yoga poses Breast Cancer Yoga offers “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery“.

Palm Tree Benefits

  • Lengthens side body/obliques
  • Relaxes stiffness of shoulders
  • Opens chest and stretches breast tissue and drains lymph system
  • Improves circulation to abdominals/pelvis
  • Improves general digestion
  • Massages internal organs

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Instructions

  1. Begin standing with left side facing the wall, feet hip distant apart.
  2. INHALE, extend arms out to “T” with finger tips touching the wall.
  3. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending right arm overhead towards the wall and flatten palm on wall at the same time the hips (make sure the head does not collapse – turn head to face upper arm).
  4. INHALE, return arms to “T”.
  5. EXHALE, continue flowing back and forth for 5 times.
  6. EXHALE, sustain PALM TREE at the Wall for 3/5 breaths.
  7. INHALE, half turn to the other side with right side facing the wall.
  8. INHALE, arms to “T” with finger tips touching wall.
  9. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending left arm overhead towards the wall. Don’t let the head collapse down creating an unnatural drop.
  10. INHALE, come back to center arms in “T”.
  11. Continue flowing back and forth, then sustain PALM TREE .
  12. INHALE, come back to “T”.
  13. EXHALE, lower arms and shake out.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Try Breast Cancer Yoga’s extra gentle yoga DVD for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How To Manage Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema With Yoga

Yoga For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema BCRF

Angela Strynkowski, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus with LympheDiva’s compression garment.

Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema (BCRL) is more common than you would think after surgery or treatment. BCRL can be quite devastating to patients, as its far-reaching consequences are a constant reminder of their cancer. It is also one of those things that is not given enough attention to. Unfortunately once you have lymphedema – you have it. You will need to learn to manage it and yoga can help.

Practicing continuous flowing movements has a positive impact on the lymphatic system, and in particular Lymphedema. When lymph fluid is disrupted through breast cancer surgery, trauma or infection there may be an excessive fluid build up. This stagnant fluid can play havoc on the tissues and create swelling. There also can be a reduction of the oxygen intake or absorption to the lymphatic system; all of which increases the chance for infection.

Practicing a flowing yoga benefits lymphatic circulation:

  • Keeps the lymphatic fluid pumping throughout the body’s channels, rather than accumulating or backing up.
  • It is great for maintaining healthy breast tissue.
  • To keep this fluid moving, we need to also foster relaxation.
  • It will facilitate renewed or restored strength, and flexibility.

Flowing yoga movements builds strength and benefits immune system:

  • Gentle flowing movements develop a supple spine and a strong nervous system.
  • When the nervous system is in balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic system work together creating great calm.
  • When flowing in the practice the poses encourage digestion, assimilation and elimination.
  • Yoga stimulates the body’s immune system to maintain health.

Exercise, breathing and relaxation may offer another self-management tool for patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema. Self management may also include attention to skin care and self massage, wearing a compression sleeve, elevating the affected arm and knowledge of any other risk reduction.

It is important to note, “Use moderation when starting something new or when returning.” Also it is important to do your yoga in a room where the temperature is comfortable, not hot. Hot yoga is not recommended; it is contraindicated as heat will add to the lymphatic load. Some may want to wear a compression sleeve and gauntlet if swollen, if not swollen do not restrict the arm.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cared and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana made a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher TrainingBreast Cancer Yoga 16 hour Training Intensive at A Jewel in the Lotus/Islip, New York June 2015.

Do you want to be able to support this special cancer community with the best and safest yoga classes? What your students can or cannot do will make all the difference in their ability to make a speedy and meaningful recovery. Breast Cancer Yoga at a A Jewel in the Lotus is offering a 16 hour certification training to ensure that you feel confident in your teachings to keep everyone safe, happy and connected to the process of healing.

Breast Cancer Yoga is a family owned and run company that focuses on the healing and well-being of women in breast cancer recovery. Diana Ross, who was a survivor herself, had committed her restorative yoga flow practice to assist in the comfortable and safe transition to wellness through supported poses. The poses are supported by props so that each pose offers safety first and then provides the opportunity to let go of the ongoing tensions and tightness related to the cancer itself, or the treatments (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.)

This program is designed to offer therapeutic applications to each teacher, student or provider with the safe knowledge based on the person’s stage of cancer, level of physical capability and specific breast reconstruction considerations, pain level, emotional status, cancer-related fatigue, treatment stage, type of surgery, and other risk considerations such as lymphedema. There will be an explanation of any special exercise requirements and precautions according to the type of treatment received.

How To Use and Understand Teacher Training Manual

Teaching Modules
What is included:
1. The Complete Comprehensive Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training Handbook from “START TO FINISH” that covers the following –

  • What is Breast Cancer?
  • Statistics for Breast Cancer
  • Types of Breast Cancer
  • Anatomy of the Breast
  • Lymphatic System
  • Lymphedema
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Stages of Breast Cancer
  • Types of Reconstructive Surgery
  • Types of Surgery/Treatments
  • Drug Treatment & Side Effects
  • Breast Cancer Symptoms
  • Pain Management and Breathing Benefits
  • Physiology of Stress and Chemical Changes in the Body
  • Alignment with Proper Prop Usage
  • Breathing Exercise/Pranayama
  • Restorative Yoga Recovery Classes
  • Mudras
  • Relaxation Techniques

2. The newly published book by Diana Ross, Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery: Gentle Flowing Yoga For Breast Health, Breast Cancer Related Fatigue & Lymphedema Management. It is a unique restorative yoga therapy book with 277 colorful illustrations, benefits and clear directions. This book outlines a variety of easy to learn restorative yoga poses which can emotionally and physically improve the recovery process from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It is also invaluable in maintaining breast health, reducing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and managing lymphedema.
3. Breathing CD entitled BREATHING EXERCISES FOR BREAST CANCER RECOVERY cover 6 breathing exercises for breast cancer recovery, stress management and cancer related fatigue. Each CD is 60 minutes in length with an introduction, explanation of benefits and six breathing exercises. This collection of therapeutic breathing exercises was created specifically for breast cancer recovery management.
4. The training will include two Practice classes followed with a time to address specific questions and answers.

About the Training
This very special breast cancer restorative yoga program is fresh and innovative. Its primary focus is to understand compassionately what goes on emotionally and physically with someone effected by breast cancer during their recovery. Our yoga instructors have the necessary training as well as the intuitive skills to safely adapt these specialized and unique yoga poses for breast cancer survivors. This population has special, varying needs and precautions according to the type of treatments received–-from lumpectomy, mastectomy and lymph node dissection to radiation, chemotherapy, and the varied breast reconstructions.

This training examines the complex collection of physical, mental, and emotional challenges that any survivor faces. Part medical discourse, and even part spiritual inquiry, you will learn what to ask and what to know to proceed safely.

Everyone will receive numerous resource materials, most especially A Comprehensive Handbook for Yoga Teachers for Breast Cancer. This specific manual offers invaluable, practical information for instructors, students and caregivers.

Unique restorative yoga flows offer amazing and effective teaching options, as developed by Diana Ross and her years as a Kali Ray TriYoga teacher. Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT500 will lead all therapeutic movement and recovery yoga classes. This teaching experience in the Practicum provides a strong infrastructure for supporting confidence, knowledge, and skills.

Certificate of Completion • 35 Yoga Alliance CECS: Contact/Practicum
Registered in National Breast Cancer Yoga Registry

Fee: including all instruction manuals and supplies
DATES: June 12-14, 2015
FRIDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
SATURDAY: 12:00 noon – 6:00pm
SUNDAY: 12:00 noon – 5:00pm
INSTRUCTOR: Angela Strynkowski
LOCATION: A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Studio, 560 Main St, Islip, NY 11751
PHONE: (631) 316-9871
FEE: $450.00

Location of Teacher Training:
A Jewel in the Lotus
560 Main St, Islip, New York

Additional Copies of Resource Materials are available at the following costs:
$17.99 Breathing CD
$29.99 Recovery Book
$54.00 Training Manual

Registration: Contact Angela Strynkowski at info@ajewelinthelotus.com or Dawn Bradford at info@breastcanceryoga.com
Off-site: For additional trainings at your studio or facility, fee is negotiable. 

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Management

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Mangement

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Wearing LympheDiva’s Compression Garment

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Yogic breathing and gentle yoga poses assist the body in circulating lymphatic fluid through its network of vessels. It is not uncommon for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Manual lymph drainage massage is a recommended technique for this swelling, along with compression bandages and other specialized treatments.

When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it runs like a free flowing river. However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river experiences obstacles; it slows down and creates a build up or a damning up of fluids. This build up of fluid causes swelling and pain, and may increase the risk of infection. It may also cause a permanent disability.

Secondary lymphedema occurs as a result of a blockage or interruption that alters the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. This blockage can develop from an infection, cancer, breast surgery, scar tissue formation, trauma, radiation or other cancer treatment.

Lymphedema Sleeve For YogaThe use of replacing axillary lymph nodes along with breast reconstruction with micro-surgical techniques have shown to improved the symptoms of lymphedema. To keep this fluid flowing, we need to foster relaxation with gentle yoga movements.

Practicing yoga, especially Breast Cancer Yoga will target the soft tissue areas with flowing movements and keep the lymphatic fluid moving throughout the channels rather than slowing down and creating a back up. On going yoga poses and breathing exercises will help keep the chest tissue from shrinking and promotes the healing. It is recognized in cancer treatment that the “milking out” of lymph fluid build up is imperative for the patients health both physically, and emotionally. In a flowing yoga practice this “milking out” can occur.

Lymphedema is not reversible but managed. The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter mind and body stress is so important to our health, well-being and recovery.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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