Yoga & Cancer Therapy Program

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At Meraki Code we believe in using science based programs and clinical data to form the basis of therapy with each of our clients. The scientific community is currently heavily invested in understanding the profound benefits that yoga practice can bring to cancer patients now that research has proven it is aiding the effectiveness of cancer treatments and patient’s ability to recover.*

The Cancer Therapy Program is unique in South Africa and focuses on deep relaxation and healing techniques as part of the integrated healthcare plan of the client. The program is tailored to each client but is likely to include gentle yogic poses, breathing routines, meditation and daily routine recommendations such as diet, self massage or supplements.* For those patients with very low energy this program can focus fully on deep relaxation and all sessions can be run from a bedroom, hospital room or a more traditional yoga environment.

This program focuses on the physiological impacts that yoga can bring to help to reduce the stress hormone cortisol level, which is an indicator to how cancer patients will respond to cancer treatment. In more and more studies the results are now showing that the more frequently cancer survivors practice yoga and yogic lifestyle, the lower their cortisol level, improving their post cancer treatment survival rates*. We are aiming to bring these techniques to many more people via this tailored therapeutic program.

Your one-on-one session will focus on mindful movement, therapeutic yogic poses, breathing tools, and relaxation techniques to unwind pain/strain/tension patterns and improve circulation and stress levels in the body. You will receive a written recommendation following your session with movements to use between sessions, as well as Ayurvedic supplement support and nutritional guidelines and advice to support a healthy and preventative daily routine and diet. We can also work with carers and family members to aid with yogic/Ayurvedic routine outside of classes.

(Ref: Carson, J. W., Carson, K. M., Porter, L. S., Keefe, F. J., Shaw, H., & Miller, J. M. (2007). Yoga for women with metastatic breast cancer: results from a pilot study. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 33, 331­341.)

*Yoga Therapy is not a replacement for medical treatment and should not be seen as such. All clients undergoing current medical treatment should consult their doctor before commencing therapy.