Yoga For Lymph Circulation: Arm Under Chest

Breast Cancer Yoga Arm Under Chest Yoga Pose

By:  Breast Cancer Yoga.

A really great way to relieve your shoulder tension and increase Range Of Motion for shoulder joints (frozen shoulder) associated with breast cancer recovery is with a chest extension inflection or better known in the yoga world as a heart opening flowing restorative yoga pose. With this wonderful yoga pose you will open up the heart, fill the lungs from the bottom up, and relieve shoulder tension.


  • Promote lymph circulation around axilla nodes
  • Helps heal scarring muscles and lessens tightness
  • Increases internal rotation and shoulder mobility
  • Strengthens scapula stabilizing muscle
  • Opens and lift chest
  • Increases ROM of shoulder joints – frozen shoulder
  • Increases internal rotation and shoulder mobility.
  • Releases shoulder tension that rounds your shoulders and binds your upper arm

Arms Under Chest Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer


  1. Begin on your back with knees bent in PARTIAL RECLINE. A neck roll or pillow can be used for added comfort.
  2. Lift hips up, slide right arm, palm down underneath lower back so you can see finger tips on left side. STOP IF YOU FEEL PAIN. Lower hips down and extend legs.
  3. Relax – breathe into the right side of upper chest until you feel a release in shoulder muscles.  Once the shoulder relaxes experiment sliding hand up your back towards shoulder blades.
  4. INHALE, left arm up and overhead for bigger additional stretch to breast region.
  5. Flow arm back up and down. When ready hold pose for 3/5 breaths.
  6. EXHALE lower arm back down, lift hips up and release arm from underneath.
  7. Repeat on other arm.

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 if you have questions.

Yoga Online Class For Cancer Patients

online yoga classes for cancerWelcome to Yoga & Healing cyber yoga class room! These are interactive classes that are offered via the platform of Fuze (which is like Skype). All you need is a computer/iPad with a camera, internet connection, your mat, blankets and a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and an online sense of adventure!

Our instructors are able to watch you via the mobile device camera, offer guidance and support throughout the class just like you would have in a normal class situation. The great thing about these classes is that you can join in from anywhere. These are small group classes and spaces are limited. Bookings are required.

Yoga Online Course (live)

  • Thursday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Australian Time and Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Next 6 week course commences 9th March 2017 (cost $105)

Yoga is simply a state of being with our body in all that we do. The focus of these classes are about deeply re-connecting with one-self and enjoying a gentle movements and exercises in a way that truly supports and cares for the whole body. All our yoga classes offer an opportunity to deepen the quality of one’s presence and gentleness in all that one does, says and thinks.

Instructor: Donna Gianniotis. 6 week courses. Cost $105. For more information and bookings: Donna 0408 783187 or

To enjoy a free recording of our Body Awareness Meditation please click here.

Recording of the audio’s of these classes are also available for those who miss a class or for individual purchase of $20 per class.

Here is what people are saying about our online classes

I have never done yoga online before, but having been a face to face student of Donna’s I was excited to give it a try. The classes are wonderful! The connection is nurturing and deep. You really feel it in the stillness. So grateful for the convenience and connection these online classes offer! ~ Fiona Plascott

“It really is wonderful to enjoy all the benefits of a regular yoga class from my own lounge room floor. It’s also made classes accessible to me in a way they aren’t usually because of childcare & work commitments. Donna is able to provide all the guidance & support I need through this brilliant technical approach – & I love it!” ~ Gen Doyle

“Yoga Online is great for convenience – it removes that huge barrier of having to “get to the class (through the Sydney traffic!)”. The key to working online is both being live online and also having an instructor who is not only experienced but who has a high level of awareness so that the many geographically distributed class attendees can each feel their separate needs are being attended to and that the instructions are not simply robotically delivered like a canned YouTube recording. This is where Donna differentiates from other online classes –being live and online with Donna in these class sessions is really the way of the future for this form of well-being.” NG

Private yoga online sessions

Our practitioners also offer private online sessions of yoga. For bookings and appointments contact us. Cost for private sessions is $80. For bookings Contact Us →

What you need for online yoga classes

  • A computer or mobile device with a camera
  • Mat, blankets, warm clothing (for winter)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Set up your computer/mobile device so that the camera is facing your mat
  • Download Fuze (free application). This is the platform that we will be using
  • An online sense of adventure!

Donna GianniotisAbout: Donna Gianniotis has been teaching yoga full time for over 14 years within Sydney and practised as an Esoteric Healing Practitioner since 2010. With a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 33, she started to question that there must be more to health and well-being than diet, exercise, meditation and yoga.

Prevent Breast Cancer With These 5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Healthy Lifestyle Choices To Prevent CancerNecessary Lifestyle Choices for Optimum Health
An anti-cancer lifestyle will include a variety of exercise, organic foods, clean pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy. It is important to cultivate an awareness of what feels and taste right going into your body. It is equally important to stop and take notice of bad choices. Ask yourself “Is this good or bad for me? “Will it make me feel better or worse?” We all want to feel alive and vital.

1. Exercise – Yoga
Practicing Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery has shown through studies to encourage and improve sleep and to enhance overall quality of life. (Reuters Health) – About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that affects their quality of life. A new study found that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality. (

There are some simple suggestions to start exploring a change in vitality:

2. Cancer Prevention Foods – Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
It is suggested to eat a plant base diet of fruits and vegetables: make your diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables that are full of micronutrients and bioflavonoids which are duly noted to help prevent breast cancer or other cancers. Five or more servings per day is recommended by the American Cancer Institute. Red and blue berries hold a significant amount of necessary cell builders and anti-cancinogens that are a necessity on our tables.

Here are some simple choices to select from to start improving your health:

3. Water Therapy – Alkaline Water
Alkaline water (referred to as ionized water) can neutralize or decrease the acidity of the body’s pH caused by stress, modern diet, and air pollution. We suggest trying this water and feeling the possible positive effects.

Find a water store and get alkaline water by the gallon (it usually stays charged with negative ions for up to 48hours)
Purchase if possible a home alkaline water system that filters pollutants as well as charging the water with negative ions and anti oxidants

  • Benefit from the many ways to use alkaline water like necessary hydration for the body’s cells

4. Manage Stress – Learn to breathe
Deep breathing is vital in that it encourages the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue which consequently increases overall energy. This true oxygen exchange stimulates digestion, assimilation and elimination. A very important function of breathing fully and slowly is that the body’s natural relaxation response is prompted. This relaxation response results in decreased tension, anxiety and fatigue.

A great place to start is with our single down-loadable breathing exercises or you could do the following.

5. Laugh Often – Emotional Balancing
It has been shown that even when manipulated to smile people in truth feel happier and joyful. Laughter can stop depression right in its tracks and boosts our immunity.

We suggest the following to bring on happiness.

  • Have a daily joke sent to your e-mail
  • Watch funny YouTube videos
  • Listen to the comedy channel on the radio
  • Download comedians from iTunes
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 if you have questions.

Restorative Yoga

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training Event

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher TrainingBreast Cancer Yoga 16 hour Training Intensive at A Jewel in the Lotus/Islip, New York. We offer off-site trainings at your studio or facility, fee is negotiable.

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 A Comprehensive Handbook For Yoga Teachers For Breast Cancer

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
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 A Comprehensive Handbook For Yoga Teachers For Breast Cancer

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

Get your Heart Pumping Doing the Aerobic Bounce on a Rebounder

aerobic-bounce-for-breast-canvcer-recoveryThe aerobic bounce on a rebounder is a simple yet very beneficial exercise that you can do at the comfort of your own home.  Basically, a rebounder is a smaller version of a trampoline, about three feet in diameter, which is not only fun to use, but can also bring about a lot of health benefits if used correctly.

Doing the aerobic bounce on a rebounder provides you with the chance to maximize the benefits and the fun from using a rebounder.  No time? No worries! The aerobic bounce is easy to do, and it will only take a couple of minutes, which is great if you don’t have that much free time.

How to do the Aerobic Bounce

Here are the steps to do the aerobic bounce:

  1. Warm up by walking in place or performing the health bounce.
  2. Stand on the rebounder, making sure that your feet are shoulder width apart.
  3. Keep the knees aligned with the rest of your legs. However, you should also make sure that your legs are slightly bent.
  4. As far as the actual exercises, the sky is the limit. You can try jogging, running or sprinting in place, twists, and jumping jacks to reap the benefits of the aerobic bounce.
  5. Cool down again by walking in place or doing the health bounce.
  6. Continue doing this for approximately 2 minutes. If you want to challenge yourself, try doing these aerobic movements for 15 to 20 minutes.

The great thing about the aerobic bounce is that you only need to allot a couple of minutes per workout, and the exercises don’t put much stress on your joints. Helpful Tip: If you have concerns with keeping your balance, you can add an exercise bar for more stability.

aerobic-running-on-the-rebounder-for-cancer-recoveryAdding Challenges to the Aerobic Bounce
If you want to add more challenge to your aerobic bounce routine, you can mix things up by adding resistance bands or hand weights.

Benefit from the Force of Gravity
If you continue to do exercises on your rebounder, the gravity acting on your body is twice the norm. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, the aerobic bounce will put a gravitational force equal to 400 pounds on your body.  Just keep in mind that you have to maintain a slight bend on your knees to prevent injuries.

Learning about rebounding is an exciting adventure that can offer you many health benefits, and it is also a lot of fun to bounce around for a couple of minutes.

If you want to learn more about rebounding, visit the Rebounder Zone library and find out how rebounding can transform your life!

Be strong, active, and healthy!


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 

Ready for a Challenge? Check out the Strength Bounce for Cancer Recovery

Strength Bounce Exercise For Cancer PatientsFor most people, the most difficult of all rebounder exercise routines is the strength bounce. This type of bounce is the most difficult for several reasons.

Regardless of its difficulty, the strength bounce can help in building strength and increasing your stamina.

Simple Goal of the Strength Bounce: Jump for the Heavens!

The goal of the strength bounce is to bounce as high as possible. The higher you bounce, the more gravitational pull you will feel, meaning you will be getting the very best of the health benefits from rebounding.

Why is the gravitational pull important? This increased gravitational pull helps you build your strength and stamina.

You should only try out this exercise if you are physically fit and after you have already tried and made the best of the other rebounder exercise routines such as the aerobic bounce and health bounce.

If you are trying out rebounding for the first time, you should not start with this routine. The strength bounce is best if you are an experienced rebounder and can rebound comfortably for 20 minutes or more.

If you are not ready for the Strength Bounce, what are your Alternatives?

Before you try the strength bounce technique, you should try these other routines first:
Aerobic Bounce. This one relies entirely on what your body can do. Some questions to consider are:

  • How fast you want your bounces to be?
  • How high you should go?
  • How much time you would like to devote to this activity?

The aerobic bounce helps build up stamina and strength for more difficult exercises such as the strength bounce.

Health Bounce. This exercise is essentially considered as a warm up or cool down exercise, flushing out toxins and preparing you for more difficult exercises afterwards. This what you need to do:

  • Start by setting your feet a shoulder’s width apart
  • Jump from your trampoline with only your heels leaving the ground.
  • Do this exercise for approximately two minutes in order to get the best results.

You can either wear shoes or go barefoot when training on a trampoline, so choose which one you are more comfortable with.

Why should you Rebound?

There are a plethora of health benefits of rebounding. The most obvious benefits of rebounding include:

  • More energy
  • Improved bone health and density
  • Detoxification of toxins
  • Improved immune function
  • Increased lymph flow

Strenght Bounce & Cancer RecoverySource:
If you want to go further with your workout, you can do several things to add challenge to your rebounding routine, such as:

  • Adding hand weights to increase the gravitational pull on your body
  • Using resistance bands for strength training
  • Increasing your jump pace and overall time of your rebounding workout

Keep in mind that pushing your boundaries should be done in moderation in order to prevent overexertion or even injury.

Ready to Transform your Health?

If you want to learn more about rebounding, visit the Rebounder Zone library and find out how rebounding can transform your life!

Photo source: Featured image, leaping image

Be strong, active, and healthy!

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 

Don’t Let Age or Injury Hinder Your Commitment to Exercise: Doing the Sitting Bounce on Your Rebounder

Breast Cancer & Lymphedema Exercise on the Rebounder

Don’t Let Age or Injury Hinder your Commitment to Exercise: Doing the Sitting Bounce on Your Rebounder

It is true that we should not let anything prevent us from ensuring that we remain strong and healthy, which is why the sitting bounce on a rebounder trampoline is one of the best exercises that you can do.

Even if your body has been weakened due to illness, age, or an injury, you can use this exercise to increase your strength and energy.

There are many rebounder exercise routines that almost anyone can do.

However, one of the most age-neutral exercise routines would have to be the sitting bounce, which is an exercise that you can do even if you suffer from injuries that prevent you from doing typical exercises.

How to do the Sitting Bounce on your Rebounder 
If you want to try out the sitting bounce routine for yourself, here are the steps that you should take:

  1. Begin by sitting on your rebounder’s jump mat. It is best to have a workout buddy with you if you are still recovering from a serious injury.
  2. Not only will having a partner make it easier for you to get started, he or she will also help to make sure that you don’t accidentally fall off the trampoline and hurt yourself.
  3. Your guide should stand right behind you to assist you in doing your bounce. You will need to be in constant contact with your partner during this exercise.
  4. Once you have your partner positioned behind you, lift your hands up and have your partner hold them up for you.
  5. Now that you are in position, start bouncing. Try lifting yourself, with the help of your partner, and once you have reached your peak bounce height, allow yourself to fall back onto the trampoline.
  6. Do as many repetitions as you can for two to three minutes.

Benefits of the Sitting Bounce for Seniors

  • The great thing about the sitting bounce is that it helps eliminate the toxins accumulated inside your body through sweating without putting a lot of stress on your joints.
    This is great if you suffer from arthritis or any other ailment that causes painful inflammation in your joints.
  • In addition to reducing stress on your joints, the sitting bounce also works well when it comes to improving your core muscle group, which includes your back, abdominal region, and legs.
  • Continuously doing the sitting bounce will strengthen your core muscles, which in turn will allow you to do more strenuous exercises, such as the health bounce, without any risk of injury.

Ready to Get Moving with the Sitting Bounce?
So, if you intend to make yourself feel better and stronger regardless of your age or injury history, you can start by doing the beneficial sitting bounce routine with a friend.

Doing these bounce exercises can help you regain your strength, and even improve upon it.

If you want to be stronger and healthier with the help of a rebounder, you can look up even more techniques to enjoy by visiting the Rebounder Zone library.

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Be strong, active, and healthy!

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 

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 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.

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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.

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