Pilates exercise accompanying treatment for cancer is steadily gaining acceptance in the fitness community. Safe and supportive programs are improving the quality of life for survivors. The physical and psychological benefits of Pilate can aid in the rehabilitation and recovery.
Cancer survivors often present with muscle weakness, limitation of movement, and pain. Pilates exercises lie supine and relaxed and reintroduce movement at any stage of recovery. The specific movements are dependent on the individual’s type and stage of cancer and recovery.
Physiological benefits are improvement in muscular strength and endurance, postural enhancement, increased range of motion and better ability to perform activities of daily living.
Client’s reported psychological benefits are mood elevation, improved body awareness, a renewed focus on wellness and less dependence on others.