I learned to teach Pink Ribbon Pilates in 2010 but did not really use my skills for the last 8 years. I worked with some clients here and there but it never stuck. I was sad I could not figure out how to reach these ladies and of course, I know some men. I left the training with dreams of having a group started women joining each other for Pink Ribbon Pilates. I really wanted to work with this population it was near and dear to my heart not because of a personal connection but because I left a job at the American Cancer Society where spent 2 years doing health education. I just could not figure out how to reach out but I knew this was meaning full and would make an impact. Who knew I needed to have a baby to make it happen. My tiny girl would introduce me to the fellow working mom who was an oncology surgeon for UPMC. I now teach a class at Absolute Pilates Mechanicsburg for breast cancer survivors including those currently in treatment.
The ladies that attend Pink Ribbon Pilates are amazing! I mean really they inspire me to keep moving and working. I have been lucky to have a small group normally 2 to 8 ladies in these classes. We meet the last Wednesday of the month at 5pm. We chat about arm pain, shoulder pain, new surgeries, and how to get strength back and range of motion as we move about for almost an hour.
We work with the goals of:
- Improved Strength and Mobility in Shoulders & Arms
- Promotes Lymphatic Drainage, Helping to Prevent Lymphedema
- Improved Quality of Life
- Restored Energy Levels
- Improved Posture
- Decreased Stress & Anxiety
- Improving Pain & Swelling