The CES Pilates MAT Course
Pilates teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals seeking to share the healing benefits of Pilates, can now use the CES Pilates Mat Course to help cancer patients and survivors manage treatment side-effects and recovery through an integrated Pilates practice. The CES Mat Pilates exercises can be easily modified to suit practitioners’ limitations and abilities.
Pilates exercise that accompanies 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 Pilates can aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of cancer patients. The National Cancer Institute explains that exercise in general has been shown to be beneficial to cancer patients undergoing treatment and in recovery. Many forms of exercise may, however, be too high-impact for patients suffering from fatigue and muscle weakness. the CES Pilates Mat Course is a wonderful option for cancer patients because it is low-impact and features exercises that can be easily modified to suit a patient’s needs and abilities.
Cancer patients and survivors often present with muscle weakness and imbalance, limited range of motion, fatigue, and pain. The CES Pilates Mat Course allows patients to safely and gently reintroduce movement at any stage of recovery. The specific movements are dependent on the individual’s type and stage of cancer and recovery and addressed in the materials.
The deep breathing that is an integral component of Pilates-based exercise improves lymphatic drainage and may help to prevent or manage lymphedema.
Benefits of Pilates for Cancer Patients
- Improvement in muscular strength and endurance
- Corrects muscle imbalances
- Increases range of motion
- Better ability to perform activities of daily living
- Improved cardiovascular function
- Improved bone density
- Weight control
- Decreased depression
- Decreased fatigue
- Stress reduction
The CES Mat Pilates Course was developed by June Kahn, internationally recognized fitness leader and 2009 World IDEA Instructor of the Year, former Reebok World Master Trainer, and ACE, AFAA, & ACSM certified health & fitness instructor, along with Andrea Leonard, 37-year cancer survivor, author of “Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,” NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. June and Andrea provide a Pilates-based rehabilitative exercise program that will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment. As a fitness professional you will learn how to develop a unique and individualized exercise program using a Pilates-based approach and the CETI training methodology.
* You must complete the CES Advanced Qualification in order to receive your Advanced Qualification as a Cancer Exercise Specialist®
* CETI will give you $25 to petition for CEU’s