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Massage therapy, according to a recent study published in “Applied Nursing Research”, resulted in decreased anxiety and lessened fatigue among 40 oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy. The study found that back massage significantly reduced anxiety and acute fatigue.
Pain and fatigue that are experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy are symptoms that haven't been well modulated in the past. More cancer patients are trying massage to reduce their pain and fatigue and are having great results. Cancer centers and hospitals are now using massage to provide relief to their patients, and new massage studies are giving evidence to the fact that massage can decrease pain and fatigue by boosting endorphins in the body. For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, massage is a way that they can fight off nausea, pain and allow their body to relax.
Many people have either been affected by cancer themselves or know someone who has. As a massage therapist, you may have clients who develop cancer and will undergo chemotherapy treatment. Oncology massage can be a powerful tool that you can use with your clients who are fighting cancer. If you are interested in learning Oncology Massage, The Soma Institute will be offering a 16 hour continuing education course on July 18 and 25, 2014. For more information on the course, contact me at .
It’s almost that time again!
I know it’s only mid-December but it’s never too early to start thinking about new resolutions for 2014. Each December I start thinking about things I need to improve upon or things I want to learn to do or get better at. Most years my resolutions don’t make it past February but each year I am hopeful they will. Why is it that the majority of us don’t seem to keep our resolutions? Could it be that our resolutions are too ambitious or that we are a little low on willpower?
Here are some tips that might help when you are creating your resolutions for the New Year:
As you start to think about your resolutions, keep these tips in mind. Reward yourself for keeping your resolutions and don’t beat yourself up over the ones you don’t. Never give up on the resolutions you set to make your life a happier and healthier one in 2014!
What’s not to love about the holiday season- family, gift giving, food, STRESS?! As much as I love the holiday season, I’m always overwhelmed and stressed by the end of it all (does this sound like you?).
Each year I try my best to be organized and run ahead of schedule but all my planning never seems to pay off. This year I am resolved to go with the flow and worry less about getting everything done so that I can actually enjoy the holidays.
Here is a list of ways I am going to ward off stress:
1. Get a massage. Last year I gave massages as gifts but this year I’m going to treat myself to a massage so that my stress hormones can be lowered and I may possibly make it through the season without becoming too frazzled. Massage is not only great for lowering stress hormones but it also helps boost serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones) and helps to promote sleep.
2. Exercise. I am determined to stick to my exercise schedule during all the holiday hustle. It is so easy to fill up your exercise time with other activities but exercise helps to boost serotonin levels and I will definitely need boosts so that I make it through the season. If you don’t have a regular exercise routine, then commit to going on a walk outside (20-30 minutes) when you start feeling overwhelmed.
3. Sleep. I often find myself staying up way later than normal trying to cram in all my holiday wrapping, online shopping and baking but not this year. If I can go to bed close to on-time then perhaps I won’t wake up like a zombie and can be more productive during the day and if I’m more productive during the day then I will feel less stressed! We should be getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night, which most of us lack.
So, I think that if I can adhere to the stress busters above that I will be in good shape to have a stress-free, or nearly stress-free, holiday season. What things can you plan to do to keep yourself healthy and free from stress as the holidays approach?