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Pilates & Breast Cancer, By Christina Ekegren - 01 July 2006
Published in Abreast & the Rest Newsletter
Abreast and the Rest
Pilates and Breast Cancer
What is Pilates?
While Joseph Pilates was influenced by Eastern disciplines, such as yoga and tai chi, his original repertoire of exercises was unique. Originally called "Contrology", it was designed to teach control of everyday posture and movements.
When Pilates opened his New York studio in 1924, he catered to a small group of followers (mainly dancers and performing artists). A strict teacher, he allowed little room for variation in his repertoire. However, Pilates has come a long way, appearing now in many shapes and forms. While 'classic-style' Pilates is still taught, particularly in the US, it is now more common in a modified form, with many original exercises adapted to suit people with injuries and varying degrees of fitness.
How can Pilates help individuals with breast cancer?
Following breast cancer, individuals may fear returning to exercise. Pilates can provide a gentle reintroduction to movement at any stage of recovery. If you can lie on your back and breathe, you can start Pilates! Like personal training, the right Pilates instructor creates an individually based program and progresses you slowly. Read more . . . .