One of the best ways to successfully fight cancer is staying mentally strong and emotionally positive. This can be easier said than done. Fear, guilt, self-pity and resentment can envelop anyone in a cocoon of negativity that will only make the situation worse. These thoughts can paralyze constructive activity that will set you on the path to feeling your best positive about your treatment. I can tell you from personal experience, facing a lot of challenges in life, the path forward always starts with a positive attitude and determination. But how do you feel positive when you are sick, and in some cases, unable to do the very things that have defined your life? It’s tough but not impossible. Being mentally and emotionally strong can determine how the body responds to medical treatment so focus on things that make you feel healthier, normal and happy. As an esthetician specially trained and certified to help cancer patients, my team at NOSI Skincare and I can help. Here are 5 Ways to stay strong during cancer treatment.
1. A Gentle Massage. . .
Gentle massage is tolerated by most people with cancer. During cancer treatment, it is said that massage promotes improvement in sleep, mental clarity, and alertness. Massage can also improve range of motion that makes patients feel like their old-selves again. This can have a tremendously positive impact on their emotional frame of mind. Massage helps a person relax, feel more positive, and may reduce pain fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression. As always, make sure to talk to your doctors about any type of massage before getting one. After the all-clear from your doctor, find a licensed massage therapist who has taken a specialty oncology massage training course. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Shiatsu to Release Energy Flow. . .
Another way to feel better is by getting a Shiatsu treatment. Shiatsu is a Japanese term for finger pressure and the treatment uses varied, rhythmic pressure on precise points on the body known as acupressure points. This is believed to release the flow of energy and can help to lift your mood and improve well-being. It also helps to relax, cope with stress, anxiety, depression, pain and nausea.
3. Reduce Pain with Reflexology. . .
Reflexology is based on Chinese tradition and the idea that stimulating specific points on the feet can improve the functioning of corresponding organs, glands, and other parts of the body. It’s suggested that reflexology helps reduce pain, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, and stimulate appetite in those with cancer.
4. Learn More about Essential Oils. . .
There are many oils that are beneficial for those affected with cancer:
On the website naturallivingfamily.com, an article by Eric Zielinski, D.C., noted that in journal Molecules, a study was published in 2010 that evaluated how cancer cells could stand up against powerful essential oils, and thyme stood out from the crowd as the most beneficial against breast cancer, prostate, and lung carcinoma.
To learn more about the healing powers of essential oils and how to use them in your daily life, be sure to attend my class on Monday, March 25th at Sunshine Health Foods in Seminole, FL. Class starts at 11:00 a.m and will last about an hour.
5. Light Therapy Boosts Immune Function. . .
Another holistic treatment is Halo Light Therapy which is performed in a cancer clinic. It’s said to infuse the body with energy and, used in combination with botanicals, boost immune function. The body takes in energy like a plant absorbs sunshine. As the body receives harmonic (vibration energy), it increases communication between the cells and mobilizes energy distribution to activate healing throughout the entire body. Pain reduction, decreased stress, improved energy, and mental health are said to be benefits. Physicians often develop an at-home halo regimen kit containing vials of botanicals and an ultra-blue light. Patients insert the vials into the light and apply per the doctor’s instructions. Check out this short video by the man who invented it.
Doing what it takes to feel healthy, emotionally strong and ready to mentally face the challenges of cancer treatment is vital to survival. Massage therapy, reflexology, shiatsu, essential oils and halo energy treatments have been effectively used for centuries and 5 ways to stay strong during cancer treatment and stay positive about recovery. If you’ve been diagnosed or if you know anyone suffering with cancer, NOSI Skincare is here to help. We have the training, knowledge and experience to help people feel whole again. I am always available to chat with anyone about this or any skincare or hair care topic. Just log into nosiskincare.com and look for the chat button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. While you’re on the site make sure you subscribe and I’ll send you my list of “Ingredients to Avoid in your Personal Care Products.” We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau and I look forward to chatting with you soon!
Women who are diagnosed with cancer approach treatment in a variety of ways. Many type-A women, who have spent their lives charging ahead and taking control, want to manage their treatment, defiant and determined to conquer it. Other women are more comfortable following the treatment protocols prescribed by their oncologist. Regardless of the approach, everyone is flooded with emotions from the moment of diagnosis through remission. Most women feel the need to care for those around them during these times. They want to protect loved ones from the reality of cancer treatment and the mental and physical effects it can have. Afterall, that’s what women do. We are the protectors and caregivers. We are the ones who take care of everyone around us before taking care of ourselves. We’ve done this for so long that it’s what we know. What most women don’t realize, is that during treatment, self-care is the best way to care for others. Never forget the importance of self-care when fighting cancer.
Take Care of Yourself First. . .
Elaine Gibson is a cancer survivor and I ran across a video she posted to YouTube. In it, she tells us how important it is to take care of yourself first. She says, “The only way to truly take care of the people I love, is by taking care of myself. It feels selfish but the greatest gift we can give to the people we love, is to get better.” Here is the video:
Donna Mansbart, a skincare and haircare professional, is the owner of NOSI Skincare.