On Wednesday I had another round of EMDA with mitomycin, the penultimate of the current series. I was joined by a small crowd of technical nursing staff observing (it’s a teaching hospital and EMDA is quite rare). The technician who performed the procedure is my favourite one, he has become quite the expert and explained excellently.
Although it’s May it’s not very warm. I spent my 25 hours in hospital cocooned in my bed flushing out the chemo with water, tea and trips to the loo. But when I did sit up I sat either crossed legged or in Butterfly pose Baddha Konasana.
“Teach what you practise and practise what you teach.”
I’ve been doing this pose regularly for a while and do feel the benefits.
Start from a crossed legged position:
- Bring the soles of your feet together with your hands.
- Regulate the intensity of the pose by bringing your heels closer to or further from your seat.
- Let your knees sink down extending your spine upwards.
- Take deep breaths into your belly.
- If it feels good, flap your ‘butterfly wings’ by fluttering with your knees.
- Stay as long as feels good and maybe feel any tension or pain in your pelvic region dissipate.
This is a great pose to open your hips and stretch your inner thigh muscles. If your hips are tight your knees will remain high off the ground, support them with blankets or cushions under the knees. They will get looser as you practise.
Apparently, we store stress and past pain and trauma in the big muscles in the thighs and hips and poses to open and stretch them can release this stress. I imagine stress flying away from my hips on butterfly wings.
Try it you might feel it too.