Category: serratus anterior

Yoga therapy for the pericardium

Radiation therapy (RT) has improved life expectancy for many cancer patients.   However, it is well known that RT has long-lasting side effects that can range from mild to severe. Breast cancer patients treated with RT are at risk of damage to any of the structures near to the breast.  This includes the heart, lungs, Read More

Yoga vs Pilates: What's the difference?

“Should I do yoga or Pilates?” I hear this question a lot.  As a yoga teacher, I am naturally inclined to say yoga.  However, I recognise the usefulness and appropriateness of both systems, depending on the person and their circumstances.  Let’s explore the similarities and differences between Yoga and Pilates. Fundamentals Yoga is an ancient Read More

Child's pose modifications for Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer

We usually think of child’s pose, sometimes known as bheki, as a relaxation pose.  It figures in yin yoga and restorative sequences and is generally used as a counter-pose after more strenuous work.  However, what seems an easy pose actually represents certain challenges to the breast cancer patient.   Firstly, the classic arm positions in Read More

Muscles most affected by breast cancer and its treatment.

The skeletal muscles most affected by breast cancer and its treatment are: pectoralis major: serratus anterior coraco-brachialis trapezius. (Don’t forget that chemo and radio-therapy affect the heart (cardiac) muscle. ) Why? and What to look for? Pectoralis major:  The pec major suffers a lot.  Even conservative surgery leaves scars.  During wound healing, a protective arm Read More