Cancer patients courageously battle their disease with the help of doctors, nurses and caregivers. Unfortunately, the associated emotional anxiety and stress caused by long-term treatment can diminish the body’s ability to heal.
That’s why the Wellness Center at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) offers weekly classes to help patients deal with stress by promoting mental, physical and emotional health.
Sheldon Ginsberg, who holds a degree in exercise science from the University of Buffalo, leads the DeStress Therapy sessions. The San Antonio resident also has a background in physical therapy, personal training and is a certified Healing Energy Practitioner.
Ginsberg operates DeStress San Antonio, a Reboot Center offering in-office sessions to realign, revitalize and reboot the body and mind. He has over 15 years of experience in the profession.
“Cancer patients carry a mental and emotional burden with the disease,” points out Ginsberg. “They may have the thought that their body is betraying them. The creates division and places extra pressure on their body and mind.”
Ginsberg’s DeStress Therapy is designed to harness the body’s natural ability to heal itself. “We use easy-to-practice breathing techniques, relaxation and other healing methods to return the body to a balanced state,” he explains.
Sheldon encourages patients to utilize their mind rather than be controlled by it. “Sometimes we have to get the mind out of the way,” he says. “Healing is a quiet state. Helping to return a patient’s body and mind to calmness promotes healing on multiple levels.”
The therapy is also appropriate for caregivers, who often feel stress because of the demands they put on themselves to provide assistance to others.
"Caregivers often do not take care of themselves,” Ginsberg says. “They are so busy helping their loved ones. They have to be reminded to make time to address their own needs,” Ginsberg adds.
Stress is the body’s way of responding to any demand or threat or what Ginsberg calls the ‘fight or flight’ state. Anxiety causes the nervous system to release hormones, which promote tension, leading to aches, pains and disease.
The flood of Cortisol and Adrenaline into the body also elevates heart rate, increases blood pressure and shifts the brain into an emotionally reactive state, according to Ginsberg.
His sessions at the Wellness Center help patients learn to use the mind and body to work in balance to reach a healthy healing state. To sign up for one of the free sessions, call the CTRC at 210-450-5574.