MAT offers easy “Mindful Moves” mind/body self-care and wellness practices for cancer patients and survivors wherever they are on their journey: post-surgeries such as mastectomy and reconstruction, or during chemotherapy and radiation.
Mindful Moves provide improved posture, body mechanics and muscle tension release that can help with post-surgery issues such as: pain; neuropathy; poor circulation; limited flexibility and range of motion; and poor body image and low self-esteem.
MAT in-the-body Mindful Moves promote calming, mood elevation, self-awareness and reduced pain, stress and fatigue. Students learn to self-soothe and change habitual stress reactions and harmful movement and postural patterns. Improved posture and body mechanics results in better balance, coordination and greater ease in all activity.
Becca focuses on teaching clients practices that promote improved circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems She brings a unique dimension to her MAT work with knowledge of the lymphatic system through her certification in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), with the Academy of Lymphatic Science (AOLS) of the North American Lymphedema Education Assoc (NALEA).
Note: Becca does not perform MLD treatments. MAT practices can help promote healthier circulation; they are not lymphedema treatments.
Taught in solo lessons, classes and workshops, MAT provides students with easy, self-directed mind/body techniques for:
- Empowering self-care wellness practices that promote increased sense of personal control over health and wellness
- Reduced stress, pain, neuropathy, muscle tension, and fatigue
- Improved ease in daily activities such as: lifting, bending, and walking
- Improved balance, coordination, flexibility and range of motion – especially for the chest, torso, shoulders, neck, arms and back
- Mood elevation, improved body image and self-esteem
“I heard about MAT and Becca’s work through the “Young Survival Coalition” and a friend who’d had a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery who was very pleased after taking lessons with her. I was about 16 months out from a single mastectomy and reconstruction surgery and having pain, restricted movement and tightening in the surgery area and incisions. I was taking a lot of pain medication, which was making me depressed and affecting overall health.
After several months of MAT lessons with Becca and working the practices on my own I have much more flexibility and mobility in my ribcage, upper torso, neck, shoulders and arms. My breathing and circulation has improved. Pain and swelling is reduced. I’ve cut way back on pain medication and activities like bending, lifting and driving are easier.”
Sarah S. Chicago, IL
Note: The Alexander Technique, Mindful Alexander Technique (MAT) and Mindful Moves are wellness practices, not medicine or treatment. No portion of this webpage may be copied or used without permission. © 2015 Becca Ferguson All rights reserved
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