Relaxation Through Movement

 

Yoga instructor and cancer survivor Diane B. discusses how yoga can play an essential role in the physical and emotional recovery from lymphoma.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and tai chi or qi gong can also be forms of physical activity.

Yoga

Derived from ancient Indian philosophy, yoga is a mind and body practice that involves physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation exercises. The most common styles of yoga include: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram. Hatha yoga is most commonly practiced in the West and it focuses on postures and breathing exercises.

In breast cancer survivors, yoga has been found to reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression, and fatigue. It has also been associated with improved quality of life. Other research has found that it helps improve breathing, metabolism, blood pressure, and heart rate. It has also been shown to help the mind by reducing stress and inducing relaxation and well-being.

References:

American Cancer Society. Yoga
Accessed June 5, 2014

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Yoga
Accessed June 5, 2014

Tai Chi or Qi Gong

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that involves both the mind and body. While breathing deeply, participants move slowly and gently. This art is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”. Similarly, qi gong stems from traditional Chinese medicine and combines gentle physical movement, deep breathing, and mental concentration. Although there is no direct evidence that shows that tai chi or qi gong can prevent lymphoma occurrence, recent studies have suggested many health benefits such as the promotion of bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness, and improved quality of life.

Other Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques can have a positive impact on both the body and the mind.

References:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Tai Chi
Accessed June 5, 2014

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Tai Chi: An Introduction
Accessed June 5, 2014

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Tai Chi and Qi Gong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects
Accessed June 5, 2014