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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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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
anandacentre@gmail.com

1 Really Big Reason Why My Job Rocks!

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I recently had the magnificent honour of giving a young adult their first massage therapy treatment. I do not say this lighty! I always get a buzz when I am give someone their first ever massage treatment…I know their lives will never be the same again!  And it has nothing to do with me, it’s all to do with them and how great massage therapy is. Their experience of relaxation, resting, being pain free, being stress free is all theirs and helped by massage therapy. Look at it like “life before massage and life after”.

To allow a young person experience massage therapy is truly great. Life at this age has many challenges, some more serious than others. Competitiveness, heavy workloads, and excessive involvement in activities are among the factors stressing out our young people.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a report emphasizing that it is crucial for students, parents, and schools to understand the role of stress in young people’s lives. Teens and parents can visit www.aap.org/stress to download a personalized stress management plan.

This is a good blog piece on why teens need massage too… http://invigoratemassageandwellness.com/2013/08/21/3-ways-teenagers-can-benefit-from-massage/

Is Your Texting Creating an Ongoing Pain Condition?

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C’mon, it’s a cat texting!

By now, most massage therapists are aware of the infamous Texting Thumb—the hand, finger and thumb pain and stiffness that can result from overly enthusiastic texting, or typing on a hand-held phone that does everything for you.
New research shows that a second phone-related condition is making itself known: neck-and-shoulder pain directly related to texting.
“Most young adults  prefer texting over e-mail or phone calls, and ergonomics researchers are starting to wonder whether it’s putting the younger generation at risk for some overuse injuries once reserved for older adults who have spent years in front of a computers,” noted a press release from the department of Epidemiology at the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA), whose researchers conducted the study.

Judith Gold, an assistant professor in the department, recently presented preliminary research that suggested that among college students, the more they texted, the more pain they had in their neck and shoulders. “What we’ve seen so far is very similar to what we see with office workers who’ve spent most of their time at a computer,” said Gold, who directs the Ergonomics and Work Physiology Laboratory. “The way the body is positioned for texting—stationary shoulders and back with rapidly moving fingers—is similar to the position for typing on a computer.”
Current studies on computer use show office workers are prone to carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis. Massage and other bodywork techniques have been shown to lessen neck and shoulder pain and improve range of motion.

 

“Looking around our campus, you see every student on their cell phones, typing away,” Gold said. “It’s the age group that texts the most, so it’s important to know what the health effects may be to learn whether it will cause long term damage.”

What can you do?  This little info-graphic is brought to us by So King, the inventor of Candy Crush (I haven’t tried it yet and don’t want to!). It’s a mobile warm up designed for those addicted to the games but it still is relevant for texting.

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December 1st World Aids Day – a message from me…

We’ve come such a long way since the early ‘80s, when AIDS came onto the scene, killing many and frightening more. There was so little known at that time. Scary times for those who had the disease and those who loved them. It was through the hard work and advocacy of many people that we discovered HIV, learned how to prevent its transmission, and how to hold it in check.

Today, HIV is a chronic illness, but some of the fear still remains. There are still people, thankfully, working tirelessly to eliminate stigma just as there are those working to find a vaccine and a cure. Still more are working to make the lives of people living with HIV better in whatever ways they can. Some of these are massage therapists like me.

Massage therapy is not a cure. It’s not even a treatment. But it can help HIV+ individuals live happier, healthier lives:

● Massage can help alleviate peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness, and pain in the feet and legs), a side effect of antiretroviral therapy. Staying on a regular treatment regimen is paramount if you have HIV, so whatever makes that process easier is worthwhile.

● Massage can help with anxiety and depression, both common in people living with HIV. Mental illness is not to ne taken lightly, and is one of the more common reasons that people find it difficult to take care of themselves.

● Massage can be a positive experience in your own body. When you have a chronic illness of any kind, it’s easy to feel constantly at war with yourself. A massage is a time when you and your body get to be on the same team for a little while.

● Massage is a time to connect through touch. For all the good information out there about HIV/AIDS, there are still plenty of ridiculous myths about how it is transmitted. This often manifests itself as a lack of everyday touch, which is especially devastating to people who have lost their intimate partners.

So let me state this very clearly:

You will never be turned away from my massage table due to your HIV status. When you have secondary issues that mean that massage would be harmful to either you or me, I will let you know specifically what they are, so that you are not left in the dark. If you find yourself with a condition I am not trained to work with, I will do my best to find you another massage therapist who is.

Your HIV status is private. I will not tell your partner, your mother, your employer, your doctor, or your best friend, unless you specifically ask me to, in writing. If you would like copies of any records or notes I keep about our sessions together, you are welcome to them. But they are not for others’ eyes.

How you contracted HIV is none of my business. Unless it’s something that affects your health in other ways (like current drug use), it has no impact on your massage. But if you do decide to share, I will not judge you.

December 1 is World AIDS Day.
This month, whoever you are, take a little time to learn about what’s been discovered about HIV since you first heard of it all those years ago. We now know about different strains of HIV, and how our bodies react differently to each. We know how to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and how serodiscordant couples (couples in which only one partner is HIV+) can safely conceive children together. And we know that the support of friends, neighbors, family, and loved ones is one of the key factors in the health and wellbeing of people with HIV.
This post is just one small action I’m taking to help everyone feel more welcome in Ananda Centre.
What will yours be?