Ex­er­cise class aids re­cov­ery

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Women who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or have ex­pe­ri­enced breast can­cer are be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend a free ex­er­cise pro­gramme run by the YWCA.

The as­so­ci­ated phys­i­cal ef­fects of breast can­cer can be ex­tremely chal­leng­ing. Side ef­fects from surgery can in­clude phys­i­cal dis­com­fort, im­mo­bil­ity and emo­tional vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

The YWCA has fa­cil­i­tated the En­core pro­gramme since 2005. The eight-week pro­gramme uses gen­tle ex­er­cise and healthy life­style in­for­ma­tion to in­crease strength, flex­i­bil­ity and blood flow and re­duce the ef­fects of lym­phoedema (painful swelling), that some ex­pe­ri­ence.

The pro­gramme works to re­lieve th­ese prob­lems through gen­tle floor ex­er­cises, breath­ing ex­er­cises, stretch­ing and pool-based ex­er­cises.

Many of the women who de­liver the pro­gramme are breast can­cer sur­vivors and past par­tic­i­pants of En­core.

Fund­ing comes from The Ted and Mol­lie Carr En­dow­ment Trust.

Win­nie La­ban has been through the pro­gramme.

‘‘I just think En­core’s a fan­tas­tic pro­gramme, I would rec­om­mend it for any­one. It was an op­por­tu­nity for me to be with other women who were breast can­cer sur­vivors, and I looked for­ward to go­ing each week.’’

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Lynne Walker says the pro­gramme is unique be­cause ‘‘it’s such an ex­ten­sive, com­pre­hen­sive pack­age. It’s not just about ex­er­cise ... it’s also about shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, learn­ing about self-care and be­ing in a safe, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment while hav­ing fun.’’

The next YWCA En­core pro­gramme for east and cen­tral Auck­land starts on Oc­to­ber 25 at Swim­tas­tic in St Johns. Regis­tra­tion is es­sen­tial be­cause med­i­cal ap­proval is re­quired.

Help­ing hand: The En­core pro­gramme is de­signed for breast can­cer sur­vivors to help women com­bat the phys­i­cal ef­fects and aid in their re­cov­ery.

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