Both constipation and diarrhea can be caused by some radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Stress also creates unconscious holding in the abdomen as we try to literally hold ourselves together. The key is to soothe the digestive system by not overheating the system and our focus this week will be on gentle twists and lateral bends that will gently massage the abdominal organs.
This article belongs to a 10-part series of home practices that were developed as part of the 2013 Research Survey conducted at the Cancer Support Community San Francisco East Bay by Cheryl Fenner Brown, E-RYT 500.
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