This unique 4 week program consists of weekly 75 minute Yin Yoga and Acupuncture (Yin and Pin) facilitated by registered yoga teacher and breast cancer survivor, Claire Evans and experienced acupuncturist Sarah Hennessey. During the final relaxation of the session Sarah will insert acupuncture pins into therapeutic locations (wrists, ankles, hands, face and neck) on participants which will remain in place for approximately 15-20 minutes. Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group provides evidence-based complimentary medicine and therapies for patients with cancer and is hosting these sessions at their Bentleigh East practice. Please contact Claire for further information.
Cancer can cause a range of physical symptoms and treatment side effects, dependent on the type of disease and treatment undertaken. Psychologically, a cancer diagnosis can trigger anxiety and fear relating to uncertainty about the future. Emotional distress in cancer patients is associated with sleep disturbances and altered stress hormone function. Yoga practice, however, helps to encourage the body to relax and to calm the mind. The key difference between yoga and other forms of exercise is the role the breath plays in practice. Mindful attention to the breath and meditation can help support a shift in perspective and bring about positive changes in thoughts and behaviours.
Acupuncture has been shown to have many benefits for people with cancer including helping to control cancer-related pain, relieve symptoms induced by chemotherapy treatment, reduce cancer-related fatigue and improve overall sense of well being.