Pilates is proven to help women recover from the effects of breast cancer*
Fatigue, limited range of motion, and even fear of moving sore areas can make women shy away from exercise
But the right kind of exercise, guided by trained professionals, can help women regain their movement range, improve their balance and coordination, and boost their recovery
In particular, apparatus pilates, which uses specialist equipment to control movement and gradually build up effort, is both relaxing and energising
At Pilates Manchester, we know we need to be guided by our clients, and allow them to set their own pace, and we know that a group class isn’t always the best environment to do this
So, we work with women one-to-one, creating an individual exercise programme that helps each woman recover physically and emotionally from the effects of her treatment
In addition, by building-up strength and range of motion, we help each woman regain independence and resume her normal life
Breast cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of breast cells
To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy
These changes accumulate in our cells as we get older, and so our risk of cancer increases as we age
Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out
But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell
And the faulty cell then gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumour
If you’d like to know more about breast cancer, do look at the Macmillan Cancer Support website.
It is important to note that these benefits of yoga, pilates, and rehabilitation relate to improvement in the symptoms of cancer and are not considered a “treatment” or cure for cancer.