Acupressure: Three Points to Relax, Heal & Flow

Join us virtually on Friday, April 30th at 10:00 am to learn three acupressure points to calm your mind, promote wellness, and counteract effects of overwork and aging.
Call 406-582-1600 or click HERE to register.

Acupressure has been used for thousands of years in China, and is an Asian bodywork therapy rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. By applying pressure to specific points, acupressure promotes relaxation and wellness, reduces muscle tension, improves circulation, and releases endorphins (our body’s natural pain relievers). Traditional Chinese medical theory describes acupressure points that lie along channels, or meridians in your body. These energy meridians are the same ones targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that these 12 major channels have flows of vital energy, connecting specific organs or networks of organs, which organize a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a specific meridian.

The goal of acupressure and other types of Asian body work is to restore health and balance within your body’s channels of energy. These opposing forces are commonly known as Yin (negative energy) and Yang (positive energy). In general, acupressure is very safe. Talk with your doctor before trying a therapy that involves using joints and muscles. You may need several sessions to yield the best results.

 

Sources: Wheeler, T. 2019, October 16. Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/acupressure-points-and-massage-treatment

Take Charge – February 2021

The four classes in the Take Charge series include nutrition, exercise, side effects, and communicating with your healthcare team. Each class is 1 hour long and available online, this February. 

Take Charge: Nutrition

Eating healthy foods during and after treatment is key to feeling strong and giving your body adequate nutrition, but sometimes survivors may find it more challenging to eat than others. Nutritional needs vary, and eating well overall might help your body feel better, maintain strength, weight, nutrients, lower risk of infection, and help your body tolerate treatment related side-effects, as well as help you heal and recover faster (ACS, 2019). Join us Thursday, February 4th at 12:00 to learn more about using food as a tool to maintain and improve your health. Leading our virtual meeting is Noelle Butler, ND. Click HERE to check the calendar, register, and launch Zoom.

Nutrition handout

 

Take Charge: Exercise

Physical activity can improve mood, energy levels, and be beneficial in maintaining overall health. Evidence suggests “that moderate-intensity aerobic training and/or resistance exercise during and after cancer treatment can reduce anxiety, depressive symptoms, and fatigue and improve health-related quality of life and physical function” (NCI, 2020). Learn easy ways to incorporate exercise into your life during any stage of survivorship with certified personal trainer, Becky Franks, on Thursday, February 11th at 12:00. Click HERE to check the calendar, register, and launch zoom.

 

Take Charge: Side Effects

            Learn from Anna Buckmaster, DPT, CLT, on how Take Charge will assist you with reclaiming wellness. This class will also touch on the side effects survivors may encounter. Although each person’s experience may vary, side effects from surgery, treatment, and therapy can affect the body’s ability to absorb the proper amount of nutrients needed to keep it functioning at a healthy level. Some of these side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, changes in the way food tastes, and feeling full quickly. This series is comprised of open classes that address what you need at the time of transition on Thursday, February 18th at 12:00. Click HERE to check the calendar, register, and launch Zoom.

Side Effects handout

 

Take Charge: Communicating with Your Healthcare Team

This series is comprised of open classes that address what you need at the time of transition. When do you see your Oncologist? When do you see your General Practitioner? It can be confusing. Polly Knuchel, NP is here help you navigate communicating with your healthcare team as well as other questions that you have of this nature on Thursday, February 25th at 12:00. Click HERE to check the calendar, register, and launch Zoom.

 

 

Sources

American Cancer Society. (2019, July 15). Benefits of Good Nutrition During Cancer Treatment. www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment/staying-active/nutrition/benefits.html

National Cancer Institute. (2020, February 10). Physical Activity and Cancer. National Institutes of Health. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet

 

Meditation – Join us on January 29th!

Join us for a virtual program, Mindfulness Mandalas on January 29th!

There are many different types of meditation. Most involve being still and quiet. Some involve movements such as tai chi, chi gong or walking meditation.

Meditation is a way of connecting with a natural state of mind that is spacious and clear. It is not eliminating thoughts but noticing when our mind is busy or racing. Meditation can help you connect with the breath and bring calmness to the mind.

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Healthy Dole Whips!

Taste the last days of summer with this delicious Pineapple Whip Recipe!

Throughout the changes of COVID, we are trying to reach more people in our community and make our educational programming more accessible, so we have created this recorded video. Enjoy and stay tuned for future recipes!

Follow this link to find the recipe! https://wellnessmama.com/124273/pineapple-whip-recipe/

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