For those battling cancer, Pilates can help patients regain strength and mobility, while also increasing energy.
Over the past few months, my husband has undergone various stages of cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. During this time, I have witnessed firsthand how a Pilates-based exercise program can ease and expedite the cancer recovery process.
When navigating the path of cancer recovery, one faces unique hurdles and challenges. Cancer patients often battle muscle weakness, decreased mobility/flexibility, stress and fatigue all at once. Regaining strength and range of motion, as well as increasing energy levels and reducing stress, becomes imperative to promote a positive healing process. Those undergoing cancer rehabilitation, therefore, must find a way to accomplish all of these health goals simultaneously. The Pilates principles of centering, control, flow of movement, breathing and concentration help cancer patients address each of these recovery needs.