American Heart Month: Learn ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ and Relaxation

American Heart Month: Learn ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ and Relaxation

 

Cardiovascular Disease Effects Nearly 50% of Americans, according to the American Heart association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Dreamtime Wellness LLC is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

  • FREE Blood Pressure check with any wellness session during the month of February
  • FREE Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Check Thursday, February 14. (Advanced Register)
  • Tobacco Treatment Counseling Sessions Discounted 50% during the month of February
  • 1st Degree/Shoden Reiki Training, Saturday and Sunday. February 23 and 24th. No pre-requisite. Register in Advance.

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February is American Heart Month

 

February 1st Begin American Heart Health Month; Go Red! 

Cardiovascular Disease Effects Nearly 50% of Americans, according to the American Heart association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Dreamtime Wellness LLC is proudly participating in American Heart Month.

  • FREE Blood Pressure check with any wellness session during the month of February
  • FREE Blood Pressure Check at ‘Community Reiki Share’ Tuesday, February 5th. (Advance Register).
  • FREE Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Check Thursday, February 14. (Advanced Register)
  • Tobacco Treatment Counseling Sessions Discounted 50% during the month of February

The Good News – You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Daily activity.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Healthy weight.

Are You At Risk for Heart Disease? Talk to your doctor. Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have to say about risk of heart disease –

According to a report from Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health letter, “The latest research confirms that people who practice meditation are significantly less likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die within five years. Cardiologist and professor at Harvard Medical School was reported to state –

“Meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction.”

Meditation can help by:

  • Lowering stress
  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improved rate of breathing and blood oxygenation
  • Decreased insulin resistance and risk of diabetes
  • Reducing cortisol (hormone secreted in response to stress) levels

Check With Your Doctor Before Beginning a Mediation Program. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “meditation is generally considered to be safe for healthy people, but there have been rare reports that meditation could cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric problems like anxiety and depression. People with existing mental health conditions should speak with their health care providers before starting a meditative practice, and make their meditation instructor aware of their condition.”

For More Information or to Register for Our Programs, visit Dreamtime Wellness, call 978-283-4258 or email: info@dreamtimewellness.com,

Wear red this month, and help bring attention to American Heart Month.

Best in health,

Karen

#HeartMonth #MoveWithHeart #WearRedDay #NashWearRed

Sources and More Information:

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

From Cuba, With Love.

From Cuba With Love … 
‘We’re stranded. Please send money!’  :O 
That was the email I envisioned having to send when our Saturday flight home from Cuba was cancelled, due to weather. Direct flights on Jet Blue Cuba to Boston only run once a week. Worse was the fact we were nearly out of cash and U.S. ATMs and credit cards cannot be used in Cuba.
Stranded in Cuba. What do you do? Cuba is not a bad place to be stuck, but without a cell phone or computer (off the grid on purpose), it was not easy to book a flight. And no extra cash to stay longer. e scrambled to find an alternate flight to Florida. At least if we could get to Florida, ATMs, credit cards, a hotel computer and phone would be available.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Special Offer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer can occur in men too. Thanks to early detection services such as screening mammograms, breast cancer has one of the highest survival rates. Different types of mammogram screening include digital mammograms and 3D Mammography or tomosynthesis.

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening. Healthy, active lifestyles aid in prevention. Tips on Prevention from Mayo Clinic.

Stress and Cancer. While there is conflicting data in a review of the literature whether or not stress causes breast cancer, people facing a diagnosis of cancer may find the physical, emotional, and social effects of the disease to be stressful. Being able to use effective coping strategies to deal with stress, such as relaxation and stress management techniques, can been lower the incidence of depression and anxiety. According to research, relaxation training during chemotherapy can reduce anxiety and other adverse events in postoperative breast cancer patients.

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Society of Integrative Oncology for the Use of Integrative Therapies and Breast Cancer. These include relaxation, mind-body therapies (meditation, hypnosis, yoga), massage, music therapy and acupuncture, with some specific recommendations for symptom management mentioned in the guidelines. While more research is needed, reiki (ray-key) and Qi Gong are offered at a number of cancer centers due to their ease of use, gentle nature and relaxation benefits.

Talk to Your Doctor before using over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, herbal products and integrative therapies. Some may not be indicated or even contraindicated for your situation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has on-line information about herbal products. The National Institutes of Health also has information on herb-drug interactions.

Special Offer from Dreamtime Wellness ™ During the Month of October: Anyone receiving treatment for breast cancer may enjoy a session for relaxation and stress management at discounted prices. Call or email to schedule your appointment: info@dreamtimewellness.com or 978-283-4258.

Enjoy today in a healthy way,

Karen

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeingwww.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Sources and More Information:

Breast Cancer in Men

American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

Jama Network

Mammogram Screening 

Naval Hospital of Pensacola 

NIH Relaxation During Chemotherapy Breast Cancer

NIH National Cancer Institute Stress Fact Sheet

Psychological Stress and Breast Cancer

Practice ‘Self-Love’ This Valentine’s Day

 

 

Valentine’s Day is About LOVE. Here’s a reminder to be sure to love the most important person in your life – YOU! What is one thing you can do to shower yourself with love today? 

Studies show that self-love, self-acceptance’ and self-compassion are good for mind, body and spirit, including –

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Health-promoting behaviors
  • Greater levels of happiness
  • More frequent health-promoting behaviors.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

— Dalai Lama

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Reiki at Gloucester Healthcare and Senior Center This Week

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Reiki for Relaxation, Comfort and Calm – Reiki (ray-kee) will offered to residents at Gloucester Healthcare (Formerly Golden Living Gloucester.) Monday, November 13.  2 pm – 3:30 pm. 
Gloucester Healthcare Residents can sign up through the Activities Department. Family members and health care agents can sign up loved ones unable to sign themselves up (Alzheimer’s, dementia, post-stroke, or other cognitive issues.) Family members and staff may also participate as time allows. Attention is paid to comfortsafety, hygiene and confidentiality.
Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center – Friday, November 17. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Suzanne Sweeney, 3rd Degree Reiki Practitioner and I will be there offering Chair Reiki Sessions. Pre-Register: 978- 281-9765. $5 Donation.
*Active Duty Military and Veterans – Contact us to ask about our discounted Reiki Sessions during the month of November.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reiki is considered generally safe and has the potential benefits of relief of stress and anxiety, improved comfort and increased calm. 

Reiki Lecture at Brigham and Women’s and Reiki Share

FREE Lecture: The Benefits and Science Behind Reiki for Cancer Patients. Monday. September 11. 6:30 pm. Brigham and Women’s Lung Cancer Forum. Brookline MA. Contact us for details.

Reiki (ray-kee) is a gentle Japanese healing art that promotes relaxation and potentially improve comfort and calm, offering emotional and physical benefits while undergoing treatment for cancer. Reiki sessions are offered with the client/patient fully clothed, either lying or seated, often with light touch, but no manipulation.

Gentle and generally relaxing, reiki sessions are often viewed as supportive care by patients receiving them.Though the science is still out about the effectiveness of reiki, a number of hospitals and healthcare settings are incorporating reiki as adjunctive support for stress and pain management. (Contact me for current research studies related to reiki in the oncology setting.)

Reiki Sessions are offered in a variety of cancer centers throughout the U.S. including Brigham and Women’s, Dana Farber, Beth Israel Deaconess, and Tufts Medical Center.

Note: Talk to your doctor about reiki and other complementary and integrative therapies you are or thinking about receiving. Reiki sessions are not meant to take the place of conventional treatment.

Monthly Community Reiki Share, ‘First Tuesdays’ – 

Next Reiki Share – Tuesday. Sept 5th.

At the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. (Harbor Place) in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Every 1st Tuesday of the Month. 

5:15 – 8:15 P.M. $20.00 Suggested Donation. (Sliding Scale available at $10.00 for seniors and patients undergoing treatment for cancer.) Water, tea and healthy snacks provided.

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