Restoring Movement, Enhancing Wellness
The goal of the Pink Ribbon Pilates program is to empower women and provide them with additional aids for recovery from their surgery whether they have had a lumpectomy, a full mastectomy or something in between. During the course of the program, participants will be shown how to progressively stretch and strengthen their shoulders, chest and back to regain full range of movement and reduce risk of lymphoedema – a very common and debilitation condition associated with removals of lymph nodes.
In addition to the purely physical benefits already outlined, the program will help improve posture, alleviate pain, reduce stress and enhance energy levels. It is suitable for those recovering from recent surgery and for those who are many years post surgery. Our instructors have seen first hand how Pilates can have a positive impact on our client’s lives. Please read our client testimonials below.
There can be numerous side effects from surgery, and women can often be left with consistent pain and swelling as well as significantly reduced range of movement in their arms and trunk. Many women can struggle with the basics after surgery – lifting a hairdryer to blow dry their hair, reaching up to the cupboard for something, putting on a coat.
Pink Ribbon Pilates Ireland is a collaboration between Reform Pilates and Live and Breathe Pilates. Both Dublin based studios studios are focused on ensuring that their clients are comfortable, work out safely and improve their mobility, fitness and strength safely – thus enabling them to get back to their day to day activities faster and with more ease.
We work with women of all ages, from all walks of life to design programs they can work on in the studio, but also at home. We provide a follow up program with books and DVDs for all participants.
If you’d like to learn more, or would just like to have a chat about your options, please call Anna on 087 951 8097.
“I started Pilates classes at Reform to improve my tennis game many years after my surgery. I felt that I needed more flexibility especially in my hips and legs. I was amazed when I started to notice a difference in how my chest and shoulder felt. I never thought I would regain movement and strength in that area. I would highly recommend the classes at Reform, they are small and personal, exactly what I needed”
– Sally Anne
“I had been doing Pilates with Steph for 5 years when I heard the two little words women dread to hear. Breast cancer. I had a mastectomy in January 2014 and the care I got from the medical profession was marvellous. But it is time specific. Sooner or later you have to deal with the new reality on your own.
Or in fact not on your own. Once I got the green light from the doctors [about six weeks post surgery] I started coming to Steph for half hour one on one sessions. We took things slowly. I had complete trust in her. Gradually I got the full range of movement back in my arm, shoulder and side. The Pilates gave me confidence. I felt I was in control of my own healing process and I am sure that had a big impact of how I deal emotionally with my new body.
Coming to the studio was the best decision I could have made. The professionalism and the kindness of the instructors at the studio made a huge difference to my recovery. I can’t recommend them too highly”
– Melissa M
“Breast cancer treatment is an intense physical and psychological experience. Fortunately today more and more women are surviving and looking for safe and effective ways of recovering from the side-effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. The Pink Ribbon Pilates Program was designed specifically for breast cancer recovery. Certified Pink Ribbon Pilates instructors use exercise to safely and progressively recover the mobility and strength of the body and specifically the shoulder, the chest and postural muscles. The research is compelling that exercise is a critical component of breast cancer recovery and a woman’s future well being. The Pink Pilates Breast Cancer Recovery Program is a welcome step in the right direction”
– Siobhan O’ Reilly Bracken