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5 facts you should know about women’s health

5 facts you should know about women’s health

  1. Women are more prone to certain health conditions than men. Women are more likely to experience depression, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis. Some conditions, like osteoporosis, are directly related to women’s hormone fluctuations and smaller frames. Others, like fibromyalgia, are much more common in women, but scientists have yet to figure out why.

 

  1. Women do not always experience the same symptoms as men with the same conditions. While men are more likely to experience a heart attack than women, women are more likely to die of the same heart attack. The reasons may be related to the publicized symptoms: while everyone knows about chest pressure and pain down the left arm, these are symptoms typically experienced by men. Women may experience dizziness, light-headedness, or fatigue. Knowing the different ways conditions manifest in men and women can truly be a lifesaver.

 

  1. Women have different risk factors than men. Remember that bit about women being more susceptible to stroke? In addition to the risk factors shared with men, there are also many women-specific risks, including being pregnant, taking hormonal birth control pills, using hormone replacement therapy, and experiencing frequent migraines. Unfortunately, these additional risk factors don’t always show up in educational materials.

 

  1. Women and men sometimes react differently to drugs and other treatments. Women wake up faster from anesthesia. Some drugs, like ibuprofen, seem to be more effective in men than women, while others like erythromycin (an antibiotic) work better in women. And of course there are medications typically prescribed for sex-specific issues that can interfere with each other. As an example, Paracetemol can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control.

 

In spite of all this, women’s and men’s bodies are more similar than they are different. We share 99% of our genetic material with every other person on the planet. We have the same basic structure, suffer from most of the same illnesses, and heal in the same way. A healthy diet, active lifestyle, adequate sleep, and positive attitude are beneficial to men and women alike. There are no studies showing whether massage or yoga therapy is better for any one subset of people than others. Maybe that research will be done in the future.

In the meantime, if you’d like to know whether it works for you, there’s only one way to find out!

Schedule an appointment today on 085 1502378 or see www.anandacentre.com for more details on Yoga Classes and other therapies available at the centre.

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Massage Therapy, Yoga and Anxiety

“It is estimated that 1 in 9 individuals will suffer a primary anxiety disorder over their lifetime. Only a fraction of these individuals receive appropriate treatment which is a great pity as it has been demonstrated consistently that with expert therapy the majority of sufferers can achieve a lasting improvement.”  www.stpatricks.ie

Anxiety is described as a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension often with no clear justification. Most people experience symptoms of anxiety at one time or another, but for those with a disorder, normal daily life is often interrupted and limited.

A few common anxiety disorders are panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social phobia (Social Anxiety), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While there are varying symptoms with each, many physiological responses overlap with the different disorders. Many people are able to function with symptoms while others are unable cope with them.

Some disorders manifest with physical symptoms like sleeping problems, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, nausea, sweating or dry mouth. Others are purely emotional, denoted by  excessive, unrealistic worry, feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness. Usually, there’s a combination of physical and emotional symptoms.

Massage Therapy or/and Yoga may help anxiety

The American Massage Therapy Association has adopted a position statement based on research findings asserting that “massage therapy can assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.” It goes on to say that massage may reduce symptoms of anxiety in women in labor, psychiatric patients, cancer patients, patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, children with illnesses, and many more types of clients.

In an article published on http://www.healthharvard.edu it was noted that  “a descriptive 2005 study examined the effects of a single yoga class for inpatients at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital. The 113 participants included patients with bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. After the class, average levels of tension, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, and fatigue dropped significantly, as measured by the Profile of Mood States, a standard 65-item questionnaire that participants answered on their own before and after the class. Patients who chose to participate in additional classes experienced similar short-term positive effects.”

The effects of massage and yoga therapy include reduced blood pressure, slowed/regulated breathing, and a slower pulse rate. If increased heart rate and rapid breathing are symptoms of anxiety could  and yoga therapy may have a positive effect. Simply taking time to relax and removing yourself from the busy-ness of daily life can be helpful in handling some kinds of anxiety. Having a one hour massage once a month or attending a restorative yoga class are of great benefit.

Those with more complicated anxiety issues may benefit from regular massage/class  in conjunction with talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

Restorative Yoga is used to help anxiety issues by stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (Rest and Digest instead of Fight and Flight). The parasympathetic system slows our heart rate, dilates blood vessels, increases digestive and glandular secretions, and calming certain muscles. By regularly putting our body in this relaxed state it becomes less vulnerable to stress-related disease. The focus of Restorative Yoga is relaxation and renewal. The body is supported in various yoga poses that are maintained for several minutes at a time with the aid of props.

Ask questions

If you are unsure about trying massage or yoga to help your anxiety, ask questions. Call me and we can talk about your experience with massage or yoga and how it may help you. Check in with your doctor and your therapist or counselor. (Be sure to let me know if they would like more information about massage, yoga and anxiety, I can provide that!)

When you’re ready, we’ll schedule an appointment or come join the monthly Rest and Restore Workshop here at Ananda Centre, Slane (Tel: 085 1502378) and you can see firsthand how massage and yoga may help you.

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What is Restorative Yoga and why should I do it?

Restorative yoga is a practice that involves using some props, getting comfy and allowing the body and mind to rest in a specific posture.

Sometimes we equate the word REST to also mean doing nothing or being lazy in some way but Rest is so important to help recharge the physical, mental and emotional. To Rest allows you to restore your energy in order to move on with more pep in your step. Think about it – we recharge our phones and computers. Why? So that they can continue working to their full capacity. Surely we can say the same and do the same for ourselves.

What’s in a word? Words have a lot of power, can make us feel and think, can make us react. Take a moment or two to read this and see how the word sits with you. Sense how you are feeling before you read this article and then take stock of what you experience after. See the word in your mind and feel it.

REST: to stop work or movement in order to relax, refresh and recover.

Have you ever not felt good after a rest?
Why do we think we have to keep going?
What’s stopping us from resting?

The noun, rest, also means the remaining part of something. What?
Is it the space we give ourselves on resting? That catching up of oneself?

The synonyms of rest are pause, relax, lean, lie.

It’s ok to allow ourselves to rest. I know I’m not the only one that struggles with this sometimes.
Give yourself a bit of time today and reflect on rest. Who knows you might even find yourself doing it!

The next Rest and Restore Yoga workshop in Ananda is next Saturday 18th October 10am – 12pm €50. It is suitable for all abilities of practice even beginners.

Contact Brenda 085 1502378

Meet Ula Boyle, Reflexologist specialist in Fertility & Pregnancy

Ula Boyle – Reflexologist Specialising in Fertility and Pregnancy here in Ananda Centre

 
Tel: 086 087 2526
 
My name is Ula Boyle and I discovered natural healing and holistic therapies in the UK in 2001 when I experienced the wonderful effects of Reiki and decided to study it becoming a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner in 2008. From 2001 my passion for holistic therapies grew and I studied VTCT Diplomas in Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, and Reflexology (& Advanced Training Certificates in Fertility & Pregnancy Reflexology), certificates in Ayurvedic Foot Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Lomi Lomi.
I believe receiving regular Holistic Therapy treatments can help a person maintain or restore good mental, emotional and physical health, bringing a person to a state of wellness and balance. Sole Serenity Therapy was created in 2013 after a number of years practising and receiving complimentary therapies were I found Reflexology to be amongst the most relaxing treatment and especially beneficial for those experiencing hormonal difficulties and fertility issues. Sadly infertility appears to be on the increase with an estimated 1 in 6 couples having difficulty conceiving. I decided to specialise in Fertility Reflexology to offer couples a gentle, yet effective drug free treatment option to help improve fertility levels naturally or as a way of supporting mind and body leading up to medically assisted conception. I also specialise in Pregnancy Reflexology as it is a soothing treatment to help with associated discomforts of pregnancy.
For more information on the benefits of reflexology, how it can help improve fertility or its benefits during pregnancy please contact me for a no obligation phone consultation on 086 087 2526 or see www.soleserenitytherapy.ie.
I am a member of the Fertility Reflexology Network, specialising in Fertility Reflexology Treatments and a member of the International Federation of Reflexologists. I participate in Continuing Professional Development to ensure my knowledge & skills grow to meet the needs of my clients and professional standards of best practice.

Cancer Care Support at Ananda Centre

Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the PINK PICNIC in the Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane last week. Trish and the gang organised a brilliant event. It was great to see familiar faces and make some new friends…and all for a great cause. We hope you enjoyed the night too.

A little info on what we do here in relation to Cancer Care Support.
I all look forward to meeting you again at the ANANDA CENTRE.
Have fun tomorrow everyone taking part in the Pink Ribbon Walk.

Services Available

Massage for People Living with Cancer:
This massage therapy deconstructs common myths about the use of massage in cancer treatment. It emphasizes that mechanical action such as massage does not break tumours open or cause them to spread. It focuses on relieving the discomfort of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. This type of massage therapy can be used in hospitals, in respite care, for the dying, and for exhausted caregivers. Each session is planned according to what treatment the person is undergoing at that time.
Contact Brenda: 085 1502378

Bio-Energy Therapy:
Bio-Energy healing works on treating blockages in the energy system which appear to be the cause of symptoms of ill-health, dis-ease, emotional issues etc. Bio-Energy uses in care may help to relieve symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment such as anxiety, fatigue, pain, or nausea and vomiting. Bio-Energy therapy is said to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Some people with cancer have reported increased well-being, less pain and reduced nausea and vomiting after sessions. Bio-Energy therapy may be useful in reducing anxiety and increasing a sense of well-being.
Contact Evelyn: 086 8727472

Yoga Therapy:
Yoga in Cancer care is promoted as a natural way to help you relax and cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Generally, it can help to lift your mood and enhance well-being. Some people with cancer who have used yoga say that it helps calm their mind so that they can cope better with their cancer and its treatment. Others say that it helps to reduce symptoms and side effects such as pain, tiredness, sleep problems and depression.
Contact Brenda: 085 1502378

Reiki:
This Energy treatment may help some people to feel deeply relaxed, cope with difficult situations, relieve emotional stress or tension and improve overall wellbeing. Reiki is sometimes used in palliative care, especially in hospices.
Reiki may help to control side effects of cancer treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness. It is safe to have Reiki alongside your cancer treatment.
Contact Evelyn: 086 8727472, Ula: 086 0872526 or Brenda: 085 1502378

Acupuncture:
Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments for its use in pain relief, reducing side effects, accelerating recovery and improving quality of life. A top recommendation for cancer pain is acupuncture. Acupuncture has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is based on the theory that one can regulate the flow of “Qi” or vital energy, by stimulation of certain points of the body with needles.
Contact Helena: 086 8163130

Reflexology:
Reflexology is a gentle, supporting, non-invasive wellness therapy that is used widely to support people who are living with cancer, who are undergoing various medical interventions and surgery or are involved palliative care/end of life situations. Reflexology uses pressure points on the hands and feet to stimulate specific parts of the body to help bring about homeostasis (balance). Many hospices and cancer units in hospitals offer reflexology as one of many complementary therapies to support a person on their journey with cancer.
Contact Ula: 086 0872526

Naturopathy:
Naturopathic medicine focuses on health rather than sickness and uses “natural” approaches to healing. Using different methods it is helpful for pain relief and the side effects of medicine and treatments.
Contact Helena: 086 8163130

Please contact us here in ANANDA CENTRE if you have any questions on the above therapies. It is important to tell your doctor about any wellness therapy that you use. Then your doctor will always have the full picture about your care and treatment.
www.anandacentre.com
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Power Animals – Accessing the Power within by Katie Blackwell Guest Blog

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This weekend Katie is giving a workshop here in the Ananda Centre this Sunday 28th, 10am – 4pm. Here she explains what it all entails…

Power Animals or Animal Guides are an ancient concept stemming back throughout history to a time when people understood and appreciated the great strengths and qualities of the animal kingdom and sought out certain animals in order to take on and access these characteristics for various reasons.

In our modern day this concept is used in many Shamanic and Spiritual traditions to help us align with an energy that is personified by a certain animal who becomes a teacher and guide for us.
They help protect, educate, heal and empower us on our journey in this life.
There are so many different animals in our world and each one has its different persona and energy to share with us. The well known image of the deer can represent strength and sensitivity combined with gentleness and intuition. The salmon is famous for its wisdom and knowledge but is also known to help with emotional understanding, overcoming obstacles and achieving great feats after much struggle. The hare assists with fertility, creativity, abundance and adaptability. The eagle helps with vision, swiftness, freedom and spiritual insight into what is hidden.
Whatever challenge you are facing in your life, the right animal guide will aid you in your journey and can help you take on the different characteristics and strengths that you need to access at this time.
If you feel drawn to a certain animal, look at the animal and its qualities and strengths. What is this animal trying to teach you? When you are in need of guidance the right animal will appear with the right energy and lesson for you. Asking an animal to work with you as a guide is a great way of aligning your energy to that animal and accessing its strength and power. This can be done in your daily life whether through meditation, shamanic journeying or simply by setting an intention of your wish to work with the animal. The more you work with your animal guide the stronger the connection will become and the easier it will be to bring this energy into your life.
A very special and enlightening day.

Meet and work with your animal and spirit guides and gain the skills to promote your inner development.

Journeying, Empowerment, Protection, Healing and Guidance

Call Katie to book your space now or for more info on 087 768 2738

Mind-Body Program Increases Pregnancy Rates in IVF Treatment

Study suggests stress and outcome may be related

BOSTON – There is no doubt that undergoing infertility treatment is stressful, with high rates of anxiety and depression reported by many patients. Mind-body therapies designed to help women reduce stress earlier in the treatment process result in higher pregnancy rates, but little is known specifically about the impact of these therapies on women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

A new study published June 1 in Fertility and Sterility, a publication of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, shows that women who participate in a mind-body program for stress reduction while undergoing IVF treatment have a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those who do not (52 percent versus 20 percent).

“The intersection of stress and fertility is a controversial one, but we do know that stress can reduce the probability of conception,” said principal investigator Alice Domar, Ph.D, OB/GYN, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF.

In 1987, Domar introduced the Mind/Body Program for Infertility at the BIDMC main campus in Boston, later moving it to Boston IVF in Waltham in 2002. The goal of the program is to help couples learn effective relaxation and stress management strategies while attempting to conceive. The 10-week stress management program focuses on “cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation training, negative health behavior modification and social support components.”

To study the effects of the mind-body program on IVF pregnancy outcomes, Domar’s team approached women who were about to begin treatment at Boston IVF and who met the study criteria: 

40 years or younger with normal hormonal levels. None of the participants had previously participated in a mind-body group.

Participants were randomized into a study group that entered the Mind/Body Program for Infertility or a control group who received no mind/body intervention. All patients underwent IVF treatment. Domar tracked the groups through two IVF cycles.

In the first cycle, there was no difference in conception rates between the study group and the control group. “We noticed that only half of the study group had begun the Mind/Body Program and those who had started the program were only a couple of sessions in,” said Domar. “This seemed to rule out the possibility of a placebo affect. The mere suggestion of help with stress, it seems, does not increase the pregnancy rate.”

In the second cycle, the majority of the patients in the study group had at least five sessions under their belts. “By that point, they had acquired some real life skills to deal with their stress,” said Domar. “And that’s when we saw the significant increase in pregnancy rates.”

Domar found that 52 percent of the women participating in the Mind/Body Program for Infertility became pregnant compared with 20 percent of the control group participants, a statistically significant difference.

“The study supports the theory that psychological distress may be an important detriment to IVF outcome,” the authors write.

“We worked with a small group, about a 100 women total, so we’ll need to continue with a larger group of patients to see if the results bear out,” said Domar. “But there is a strong indication that stress levels and IVF outcomes are linked and that intervening with mind/body therapies can help.”