Pink Ribbon Pilates, see pinkribbonpilates.ie, offers a safe exercise option to women recovering from breast cancer surgery and treatment. It’s something Angelina Jolie, right, knows all about — she had a double mastectomy in 2013 to prevent breast cancer, a disease she had an 87pc risk of contracting because of her genetic history.
There can be numerous side effects from surgery, including consistent pain, swelling and a reduced range of movement. Many women struggle with the basics after surgery; using a hairdryer, reaching up to cupboards, putting on a coat.
In the class, women will be shown how to progressively stretch and strengthen their shoulders, chest and back to regain a full range of movement and reduce the risk of lymphoedema — enabling them to get back to their day-to-day activities with more ease.