Caring for Cancer – A Wholistic Approach
Contributed by: Michael Guida LMT (#19016), BPS, CAT, Dipl. Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM), Certified Triathlon Coach
When someone receives a diagnosis of cancer, it invariably sends a shockwave throughout their life. What is the next step? How do I manage this? What are my choices?
And if you are close to someone with cancer it can be easy to simply sit on the sidelines as you may not know how to support them through this process; it may seem that any small thing that you can offer is not “big enough”.
You don’t have to have all of the answers, to have a profound impact on how someone with cancer goes through the process of healing as they go into remission or helping them to become truly whole and accepting even as they succumb to cancer. Both scenarios are profound and an honor to be a part of.
In my practice, I do not look at remission from the disease to be the only goal that we set forth to attain. Typically people who are diagnosed with cancer will use conventional medicine (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation) or a blend of conventional and wholistic medicine. Through a wholistic approach we can explore ways lessen the numerous side effect that they may experience. Nausea, fatigue, lowered immunity are all very common symptoms someone may experience going through treatment. Through specified nutritional recommendations, supplements, touch, movement and breathing exercises, we can help not only the symptom and strengthen the immune system, but empower the person to take control of their situation and not just simply be led down the road by their diagnosis.
Sometimes, the most important role we can take as caregivers has nothing to do with recommending supplements or herbs or lifestyle changes or a giving a treatment, but is to become an advocate for the person with cancer. With so much information available it can be daunting for someone to navigate through all of the suggestions, opinions, treatments, fears, articles, medications, etc. Being an advocate transcends simply speaking up for someone, but also encompasses helping someone with the process of making their own decisions, empowering them to have a definitive hand in their process.
A common thing I see in clients with cancer is that they can become disconnected from their body and/or from their emotions and feel helpless and hopeless.
Rylen and I are offering this workshop because we have both seen first hand through nutrition, supplementation, breath work, Qigong, guided imagery, and simple bodywork (that every person can implement) we can help re-integrate the person and guide body, mind, and spirit to create a space where true healing can take place.
In this workshop we will be discussing becoming a good advocate as well as nutrition, supplementation, breath work, Qigong, guided imagery, and power of touch. All of the information is appropriate for both health professionals and lay people. The recommendations we will go over are safe, simple, easily implemented, and effective.
You can read more about this workshop on Sat & Sun Jan 24th & 25th , and register by clicking here and scrolling down.