Cancer: Clients diagnosed with cancer typically face one of the most daunting challenges of their lives. Our experience, regardless of the type of cancer, is that clients face emotional as well as physical challenges throughout their treatment.
Emotionally, Pilates focuses the mind through concentration and proper breathing. Endorphins resulting from the work out also bring a sense of well-being, as well as improved body awareness and a renewed focus on wellness.
Clients who have surgery tend to suffer pain, limitation of movement and muscle weakness. Physiological benefits of Pilates are improvement in muscular strength and endurance, postural balance, increased range of motion and better ability to perform activities of daily living.
Lymphedema, a chronic swelling of the extremities caused by the obstruction of the lymphatic vessels, may also become an issue after surgery. Pilates is helpful in this instance as increased range of motion and movement through the exercises can drive these fluids through the lymphatic system and reducing swelling. The correct use of breath is also effective for moving fluid through the system.
Recently we were invited to appear on Pittsburgh Today Live to talk about Pilates and Breast Cancer. Check it out