News Release from YWCA:
(Wilmington, N.C.) - YWCA Lower Cape Fear is pleased to announce the next session of Fluid Recovery starts in October 2013, just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pre-registration and orientation sessions are required and will be held Wednesday, September 18th at 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.
The Fluid Recovery program is a progressive water fitness program developed for breast cancer survivors or-, "champions" in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. Thanks to the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, the program is offered free of charge to champions who are in any stage of recovery and survivorship. Fluid Recovery focuses on the areas affected by breast cancer surgeries and treatments and provide gentle exercises and relaxation techniques in the water. It is a Pilates based water workout.
Classes are led by Lori Manship, a certified water and Pilates professional, currently instructing at the YWCA Lower Cape Fear. During the 12-week program each class will consist of warm up, range of motion, aerobic conditioning and cool down exercises. Initial classes will focus on the participants' own bodies and use water properties for the workouts, as individuals will vary in physical limitations. As participants progress physically, aquatic equipment will be introduced. Gloves will be utilized to increase surface area and resistance. Other resistance equipment may be used depending on each participant's needs and progression.
According to the American Cancer Society, exercise helps decrease the side effects of breast cancer surgery and gets patients back to their daily activities. YWCAs throughout the country have been providing water fitness programs for over 30 years in which gentle, supportive approaches have been successful in helping breast cancer patients restore mobility, flexibility and confidence.
Sue Reeder, a current Fluid Recovery participant said, "Several of us in the original class have asked to continue on in the new sessions if there is room, as we have found this class so mentally and physically beneficial. This is definitely a worthwhile program and I hope other women are given the same opportunity and experience I have been so lucky to have."
The Fluid Recovery Program was developed in partnership with the Pretty in Pink Foundation. For more information about the Pretty in Pink Foundation, visit www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org.