Deb Reis: Nia Exercise for Women with Breast Cancer

Debra Reis shares the Nia exercise research that she has been involved with and the possible benefits for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
For more information, visit her website, Debra Reis, RN MSN, NP and the following links: Effects of Nia Exercise in Women Receiving Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer and A review of nia as an exercise option for cancer survivors.

About Debra Reis, RN MSN NP:

Debra ReisDebra Reis is a nurse, teacher and author specializing in holistic health and supportive therapies including essential oils, relaxation techniques and gentle movement therapies. She is the director and an instructor for the Certification in Clinical Aromatherapy program for the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy and nationally known expert in the area of essential oils for cancer care. According to several students, Deb has a gift for making complex information easy to understand and integrate into practice.

Deb is a Nia Black Belt instructor offering community classes as well as specialty classes for cancer survivors. Nia is a fusion fitness program integrating mind, body, spirit concepts through movement. Her current research and recent publication is in the area of Nia benefits for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. Deb incorporates relaxation therapies such as guided imagery and aromatherapy at an outpatient oncology center and maintains an independent practice as a holistic consultant and practitioner. She has several publications to her credit and has given many presentations on holistic topics.

Deb is the founder of the Supportive Therapy Engagement Program (STEP) to assist organizations to implement and integrate supportive therapies into a patient treatment plan for better outcomes.

Watch Deb’s other episodes of S.T.E.P. Into Health: Supportive Therapies for Better Outcomes.

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  1. Hi Debra, I am a Nia whitebelt teaching in Covington, LA. One of my long time students has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am wanting to talk with you regarding working with her through this cancer journey. She just found out so I don’t know how radical her treatment will be but I know she was considering double mastectomy given her family history. Thoughts come up for me like the fear and grieving of “what will become of my body in this process” – so while dancing, I might be grieving the upcoming loss. Vulnerability of being intensely in the body, during treatment fatigue and appropriateness of a full Nia Class is a question. (I do teach a Nia gentle class). It was not gentle enough for a woman who came today in recovery from a nervous system attack by a drug that reacted poorly with her. The information I am finding on your website is wonderful helping me imagine what my student will be facing. But how to adapt, in class or out, etc?. Getting to a chest shimmy post double mastecomy seems like quite a journey – and not done in a regular class – unless the group agrees to support her journey in class. (its a small, close class – they probably would. But how do I adjust the class?)
    Hence, I am open to any wisdom you have to offer. Much thanks, Carolyn Burns

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