Pilates, both during and after treatment, can help alleviate pain and restore energy, joint mobility, tissue integrity and overall strength. Particularly important for breast cancer survivors, Pilates breath-work can encourage proper lymphatic drainage. The benefits of Pilates go beyond the physical; many women report feeling emotionally recharged after class. Movement after invasive surgery is empowering and can help alleviate feelings of depression, restoring a feeling of normalcy. It is well documented that exercise releases endorphins or “happy hormones,” which elevate mood. In sum, here are some of the benefits of participating in a Pilates program during and after breast cancer surgery:
• Improved lymphatic drainage with proper breathing techniques
• restored postural alignment and balance
• improved shoulder girdle mechanics to help breakdown scar tissue and frozen shoulder
• restored overall range of motion, flexibility, strength and endurance
• enhanced core strength and endurance
• improved overall body awareness
• re-established muscular firing patterns
• reduced both physiological and emotional stress
• increased self-confidence and overall well-being