Cancer patients in their physical aspects feel tiredness and a sense of fatigue and would not like to involve themselves in regular day to day activities they would be doing before. At times post Radiation, Post Surgical and Post Chemotherapy regimens it would be adding on more of fatigue than before. Patients even though would like to get back to their routine life but may not be able to bounce back as they would desire. Moreover they would be restricting movements of a part or the complete body as a whole.
In that scenario light exercise or Movement therapies not causing strain physically would not only help the body gain
a momentum but also help the psychological aspects of the patient.
It is an expressive movement art practised in the Anthroposophic system of medicine. In Greek it means Harmonious Rhythm. The Eurythmist movements relates to sound, rhythm of speech, tones and rhythm of musical tones and an inner soul experience. It is commonly practised in hospitals giving complementary therapies in European countries. It can be practised with or without music. These movements helps the patient feeling energetic, stress free and brings in subtle rhythmical movement in ones own body.
In vedic Sanskrit the word yoga derives from ‘YU’ means to ‘ add ', ‘ unite ’ or ‘ attach ’. Philosophical teaching gives an understanding that Yoga is a practice for the unification of the detached mind to the detached body. Its practice involves postures ‘Asanas’ in a slow recitative form with a complete awareness on one’s mind on it. These Asanas not only divert the mind from unwanted thoughts but also helps the physical body get in more flexibility and in total gets a sense of wellbeing. Yogic exercises are symbiotic to meditational practices.
Research studies have been conducted on the Benefits of Yoga in cancer patients and they have concluded that Yoga :
• Activates relaxation response and helps relieve stress induced depression and anxiety
• Stimulates Endorphins, the happy hormone, which helps mood elevation and a sense of mental stability
• With improving circulation it can help cope with mild to moderate pain
• Gets in muscular flexibility and helps cope with long term muscle fatigue
All yogic and Eurythmy exercises are conducted under professionals trained in Yoga and Eurythmy.