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Myth: Massage therapy is not safe while living with cancer
Myth: Massage therapy is not safe while living with cancer. By Janet Penny, RMT. This long held myth is tenacious and often on the minds of people who are looking for the many benefits that massage can bring to living with cancer. This myth was based on the fear that massage would accelerate the transportation of cancer cells through the circulation of blood and lymph. Exercise is routinely recommended by oncologists to help manage fatigue, anxiety and the physic...
The Skill of Receiving
The Skill of Receiving. By Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Therapist & Care Coordinator. It is better to give than to receive. At holiday time, we hear this repeated over and over. From Scrooge to the Grinch, we have learned to accept that the benefits of gifting are all in the act of giving. But what about receiving? Is it only selfish, greedy and entitled? Although it doesn’t have nearly the same reputation, receiving is actually an important sk...
Authenticity is the New Positivity
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Authenticity is the New Positivity. By Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Therapist & Care Coordinator. Much has been written on how to “survive” cancer. “Fight the good fight”, and “stay positive” are reflex recommendations post-diagnosis, fueled by a culture that enthrones heroes and achievement. In the midst of a significant shock and quick on the heels of overwhelming treatment information, cancer patients are meant to ignore th...
Book Review: The Bright Hour. A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
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A Book Review: The Bright Hour. A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs. Review by Anne Pitman, OICC Yoga Teacher & Therapist I ate this book. Really. Within a day I was done and sated. Perhaps this is a strange (and maybe inappropriate) thing to say about a book that is mostly about metastatic cancer and ultimately, death. But this book is delicious. It is a warm and compelling rendering of a life facing cancer, one tha...
Probing the World of Probiotics: Interview with an Expert
Probing the World of Probiotics: An interview with Dr. Mary Scourboutakos, PhD. Interview by Dr. Julie Ennis, PhD, OICC Research Fellow. With a growing understanding of just how large, diverse and important the populations of bacteria living within the human body are, research into how we can alter the microbiome and what potential health benefits this may have is exploding. The potential for diet to impact t...
Reflexology and Cancer
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Reflexology and Cancer. By Kymberli Roberts, Reflexology Therapist. People often wonder how Reflexology can help those living with cancer. For most of us, Reflexology is often thought of as a really great foot massage with relaxing benefits. While that is completely true, Reflexology is more than just a foot massage. Based on the principle that reflex points are located on each foot that map to specific areas of the body, Reflexology has the ability to improve circ...