The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers free six-week Pink Ribbon Pilates programs specifically designed for breast cancer survivors.
Led by certified Stott Pilates and Pink Ribbon Program Instructor Brenda Martin, the program consists of Pilates-based movements, stretches and strengthening exercises. Each participant will receive the Pink Ribbon Pilates manual containing all of the exercises as well as a flex band to incorporate into the routine.
“Pink Ribbon Pilates is meant to be a stepping stone back to a survivor’s regular fitness routine,” Martin said. “You will gain flexibility, strength and range of motion during and after the program ends. All exercises can be performed at home to enhance recovery and continue your journey back to good health.”
Martin is also a breast cancer survivor and used the program to aid in her own transition back to exercising.
The Pink Ribbon Program originated when exercise physiologist and Pilates instructor Doreen Puglisi began working with breast cancer survivors. While developing the recovery program, Puglisi was diagnosed with cancer and applied the Pink Ribbon protocol to help in her own recovery.
The Pink Ribbon Program is a gentle, staged process that can start when a breast cancer survivor is either six weeks post-operative or has received surgeon's approval to begin therapeutic exercise. It can also be beneficial to survivors who are beyond the post-operative period, but still experience problems with range of motion or exercise.
The next program session will be held from 6-7 p.m. on March 19 and 26, and April 2, 16, 23 and 30 at the Center for Cancer Care, 350 Seymour Ave., Derby.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited to eight participants. Call 203.732.1260 to sign up.