Free Classes for Breast Cancer Patients/Survivors

The Pilates Absession is bringing a Pink Ribbon Pilates program to Rockville Centre! This program has been created to enhance the recovery for breast cancer patients by using Pilates-based exercises to help stretch and strengthen shoulder, chest and back areas to help improve range of motion. Our program bridges the gap between physical and occupational therapy to a healthy and safe workout regimen. Movement and exercise can be hard enough for healthy people, let alone those recovering from breast cancer. Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise which engages the mind, body, and spirit. It is a gentle way to reintroduce exercise into your life or begin a new healthy routine.

What are the specific health benefits of Pilates post rehab?

  • Various Pilates exercises help to develop muscular flexibility and strength while increasing metabolism and promoting lymphatic, respiratory, and circulatory function. They improve balance and coordination and also help with relaxation.
  • You will be able to use the affected arm(s) more easily and naturally because Pilates is a whole-body exercise system that includes the arms and legs in the movements.
  • The principles help you live in the moment by keeping you focused on moving properly, with control and without momentum.
  • Pilates increases muscle strength, especially in the back of the shoulders and middle back, where it’s most needed following breast cancer surgery.
  • Deep rib cage breathing and multidimensional breathing patterns help ease tension, encourage lymphatic drainage, and stretch tight areas affected by scars.
  • An added benefit of exercise is that moving muscle also moves lymph fluids. This helps keep lymph from building up and possibly causing lymphedema, one of the significant risks of breast cancer surgery.
  • Pilates increases your ability to perform activities of daily living as you build core strength, allowing you to more easily roll over and move from different positions.
  • Pilates improves muscle proprioception (the reception of stimuli) and kinesthesia (awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs) in the muscles and joints; these sensations are often lost after surgery, when nerves and muscles may have been inadvertently cut.
  • Pilates strengthens the transverse abdominis, a muscle that is very important for back stability and strength after a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous) flap or DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap breast reconstruction procedure.
  • Pilates can help with bladder control problems such as stress incontinence.

Join us to see first-hand how Pilates can benefit your recovery and get you back to a stronger, healthier you!