I have blogged about the benefits of yoga when one is living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Another recent article from Dana Farber Cancer Institute identifies specific poses to practice.
After breast surgery, often there is tightness in the breast area, as well as under the arms. I particularly like the camel pose which helps to open the chest as shown in the diagram.
I was inspired to write this post after listening to a discussion about Reiki at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia is exploring the intersection of science, spirituality, and psychology. It is the first in the Ivy League to do so. The Institute is bringing together thought leaders, visionaries, healers, and psychologists.
Dr. Sheldon Feldman, Chief of Breast Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center , and Raven Keyes, a Reiki Master shared their decades of work together. Dr. Feldman reflected on the beginning of his career, with the loss of his young sister to breast cancer. That was the catalyst that changed his idea of becoming a heart surgeon, an instead becoming a highly respected and renowned breast surgeon. Throughout his career, he has learned that traditional medical treatment is very individualized, and alternative therapies are often explored. There is a paradigm shift where healing modalites are more and more accepted as mainstream. Reiki is one of those modalities. Raven Keyes works along side Dr. Feldman in the operating room giving Reiki to those women who wish to have it. Reiki is very beneficial during surgery as it helps to alleviate fear, pain, and the feeling of loss of control. As a nurse and a Reiki Master, myself, I have experienced first hand the enormous benefits before and after surgery, throughout treatment, and during life as a cancer survivor. Dr. Feldman and Raven offering Reiki in the operating room are true healers in every sense of the word.