Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors

A Guide to Recovery, Healing, and Wellness

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No matter where you are in treatment, what side effects you may be experiencing, or your general fitness level, Pilates is a safe and effective way to help you regain flexibility, power, and endurance while relieving treatment side effects such as lymphedema, fatigue, depression, peripheral neuropathy, osteoporosis, and upper extremity impairment. Naomi Aaronson and Ann Marie Turo, occupational therapists and certified Pilates instructors, show you how to use exercises to:

  • Strengthen arms and shoulders and regain your range of motion.
  • Reduce pain and swelling and stretch tight areas affected by scars.
  • Build core strength and back stability, especially important after TRAM or DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery.
  • Improve balance and coordination.
  • Make it easier to perform basic daily living tasks.
  • Release stress and boost energy.

Including programs that can be done lying down, seated, or standing, Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors will help you achieve maximum wellness, now and throughout your journey living life after cancer.


Product Details

  • Publication Date September 23, 2014
  • Page Count 238
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303571

About The Author(s)

Naomi Aaronson MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI

Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI, is a certified occupational therapist and Pilates instructor, and the developer of the Recovercises program for breast cancer survivors. As an author and presenter at national seminars for health care providers, Aaronson seeks to educate both survivors and professionals about the importance of rehabilitation in recovery. She is the co-creator of the learning CDs Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates, Breast Cancer Recovery: On Land and In Water, and The Breast Cancer Recovery Exercise Program. Her writing has been featured in OT Advance, Women and Cancer, and IDEA Fitness Journal.

Ann Marie Turo OTR/L

Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L, a breast cancer survivor, is a certified occupational therapist and the owner of Integrated Mind Body, LLC in Boston, MA. Turo is certified in Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Reiki and combines these approaches with traditional occupational therapy to help clients heal physically and spiritually. She is the co-author of Return to Life: Breast Cancer Recovery Using Pilates, and the Women onto Wellness program.

Table of Contents

; Part I: Why Pilates for Cancer?
; Part II: The Principles of Pilates
; Part III: Stretches
; Part IV: Three Phase Pilates Program
; Part V: Three Phase TRAM Flap Pilates Program
; Part VI: Pilates Chair Program
; Part VII: Standing Pilates
; Part VIII: Wellness
; Glossary of Terms
; Resources
; References