Hello, my name is Robin (Bewley) Johnson, and I teach Yoga for Hope, Peace, and Cancer Recovery and am also a Healing Touch practitioner for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. Professionally, I’m a Health Educator who worked at Athens Regional my whole career.
Yoga offers so much to people all along their journey with cancer and after. Moving the body in gentle ways with the breath allows participants to keep or regain their strength, loosen sore or tight muscles, and buffer many of the side effects that treatment can cause. When I’ve asked classes what benefits them most, the breathing practices are mentioned most often. They help folks relax, fall back asleep, and concentrate.
The group itself is a gift to participants; they encourage and support each other. We have one participant who is a nine-year survivor and another who is close to 90 years old. This is very encouraging for many people.
Healing Touch clients come for relaxation, pain relief, management of side effects,
sleep difficulties, grief, and other problems. It is an opportunity to let someone help as you rest. In some ways, what I do with Healing Touch is a contrast to the yoga. Folks in yoga are at a place where they can participate—both physically and emotionally.
Healing Touch is available for those who may not be ready for groups or for physical
exertion. While there are certainly folks who use both yoga and Healing Touch, sometimes a group seems too much, or there is too much pain or fatigue.
As a lifelong educator, I love to help people grow, assist them to see inner resources
they might not be aware of and to become stronger. It is a privilege to be a resource for reducing pain and anxiety, and if necessary, to stand with someone who is facing the end of life. I am honored to do the work I do.
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