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Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us – time to kick back, relax and spend time with those we hold most dear. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But sometimes if you’ve been recently diagnosed with cancer or are going through active treatments, it sounds just plain EXHAUSTING.

I’ve made a quick and easy handout, just for you! Would you like some tips on how to keep your energy levels up during the Holiday season?

Yes! I want my Holiday Energy Tip Sheet now!

I will also be offering a Holiday Special!

All NEW assessments that book an initial assessment between now and December 21st, will receive 50% off their first visit! That’s right, you can book your 60 minute long initial assessment for just $50!

Why am I doing this?  Because sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves over holidays. My gift to you is to help you better manage your energy to do more over the holidays.

Cancer Rehabilitation Packages!

Finally, I will be selling cancer rehabilitation gift certificate packages. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to support our loved ones through this time. I’d like to give you the opportunity to help them in a meaningful way. Give your loved ones the gift of energy and healing this Holiday Season! Click on the link below for more information.

I want to give the gift of healing!

Happy Holidays!

I’m back!

 

Wow! What an amazing whirlwind trip. I spent the last 5 weeks visiting with family and friends back home in Canada. It is so important to have a great support system, isn’t it? This trip has rejuvenated me and given me a boost to push forward and grow my Cancer Rehabilitation business.

In my absence there have been some EXCITING funding announcements from PINC and STEEL!

The Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust has agreed to fund FOUR sessions for ALL patients with bowel cancer. How amazing is that?! To access this funding please apply using the regular funding application on the PINC and STEEL website, which can be found here.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation has also agreed to provide funding for patients with Prostate Cancer. They have their own funding application form which can be found here.

I am so excited to be back and can’t wait to get back in the swing of things. Please share this exciting news about MORE FUNDING far and wide!

International Yoga Day!

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Photo: At the end of today’s home yoga practice, I had a play with my headstands.

Happy International Yoga Day! I LOVE yoga! I make an effort to practice yoga at least 2-3 times a week either at home or in my local studio (which is amazing, if you are a Whakatane local, check out Mind Body Movement here.) My body really feels it when I start to slip up on my yoga practice: I feel more anxious, stiff, tired and generally cranky! I can always tell when I need to pick up my practice again.

But does yoga have REAL benefits? I mean its just stretching and breathing, right? Wrong!

Yoga is a practice that targets your mind, body and spirit. The practice of Yoga involves:

  • pranayama (working with breathing)
  • stretching and strengthening exercises
  • asanas (postures) and,
  • active and passive meditation.

According to the yogic view, yoga can improve your health by: stimulating your nervous system, improving strength and flexibility, relaxing your mind and body and, improving your oxygen and blood supply.

Yoga has been shown to have specific benefits for people with cancer. Cancer and its treatment have many side-effects including: anxiety and depression, fatigue or tiredness, difficulty sleeping and a lack of feelings of wellness. In a recent review (July 2017), it was found that yoga can improve psychological well-being by:

  • reducing feelings of anxiety
  • reducing feelings of depression and,
  • improving health-related quality of life.

Studies have also shown that regular yoga practice can improve symptoms related to cancer and its treatment, including:

  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • nausea and vomiting and,
  • pain

With all of these benefits, it seems like a no-brainer! Especially since when done correctly, there are very few risks associated with yoga. If you have never done yoga before, make sure you ask a health professional if it is safe for you to practice and then find a qualified teacher near you. If you have experience with yoga and are familiar with the postures, here is a great on-line resource for you!

One of my future goals is to become a certified yoga teacher. I hope to achieve this goal in the next 1-2 years so that I can bring one on one yoga sessions to my clients. Head on over to our facebook page to let us know how much you love yoga!

 

References:
Cancer Research UK – Yoga

Role of Yoga in Cancer Patients: Expectations, Benefits and Risks: A Review. Published July 2017 in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care. See full article here.

Endorsements:
Energize Physiotherapy receives no monetary compensation from promoting either Mind Body Movement Studio or Do Yoga With Me.

Exciting News Alert!

Will this position statement force Governments to fund exercise programs for people with Cancer? 

Last week, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) released a position statement on exercise in cancer care. The long and short of it is, they are recommending that prescribed exercise should be a standard part of the cancer treatment pathway.

Their three main recommendations were:

  • Exercise to be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • All members of the multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity and recommend people with cancer adhere to exercise guidelines.
  • Best practice cancer care to include referral to an accredited exercise physiologist and/or physiotherapist with experience in cancer care.

For many years now, research has shown that exercise before, during and after treatments for cancer has many benefits. Including: decreased treatment side-effects, increase ability to complete treatment, improved quality of life, and decreased levels of fatigue.

It is so exciting to see an organization like COSA making these recommendations. Hopefully we will see similar position statements coming out from other organisations around the world. And when we do, hopefully Government funded programs will not be far behind!

If you would like to read COSA’s position statement, you can find it here.

Are you interested in finding out more about how exercise can help you? Do you believe that all people diagnosed with cancer should have access to safe, prescribed, exercise programs? Do you believe these programs should be Government funded?

Leave a comment on my Facebook Page and let me know if you think that Governments should provide funding for exercise programs for people with cancer.

International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to my personal hero, my Mom.

She passed away on July 10th, 2012 after a long battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was one of the strongest people that I think I have ever, and maybe even will ever meet. When she was first diagnosed, the prognosis wasn’t great, but she wanted to fight. And fight she did. She ended up in remission, against all odds, and remained that way for 18 months before it came back. At that stage, she chose to be part of a clinical trial. And even though it did not work for her, I am so proud of her for taking part in something bigger than her that may, in the future, contribute to saving another strong woman’s life.

At her funeral, it was standing room only. This says more about her than I ever could… She wasn’t famous, she didn’t do anything that others would deem extraordinary, but still, it was standing room only. I was very humbled to see how many people’s lives she had touched in such a meaningful way and I hope that I can live up to her legacy. She was smart, funny, beautiful and charming. She just was extraordinary.

I am passionate about helping people with cancer because I know that I can make a difference. I am strong because she made me strong and encouraged me to follow my dreams. I hope to use this strength and passion to help others find theirs when they feel lost.

Please share your stories about the strong women in your lives who have been diagnosed with cancer and help to spread a message of hope!