In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gainey Village Health Club has launched a new program aimed at helping survivors of this widespread disease called Prestorative Pilates.

The brainchild of Gainey Village Health Club certified Pilates instructor Niece Pecenka, the program was crafted in combination with Pink Ribbon Pilates to help survivors improve strength, self-esteem and quality of life following surgery. “If you or a loved one has been affected by breast cancer, the Restorative Pilates Program can help restore beyond the physical rehabilitation,” says Niece Pecenka, who is one of only three Pink Ribbon Pilates-certified instructors in Arizona. “It can truly change life in a positive way, instilling confidence and inspiring hope.”

Studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life for all cancer survivors. Restorative Pilates, specifically, addresses the major areas of concern when surviving breast cancer, which typically include body image, frozen shoulder and/or decreased range of motion, depression and anxiety. The Program will help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery.

The post-rehabilitation class at Gainey Village is open to all breast cancer survivors, whether their surgery was eight weeks ago or 10 years ago. Restorative Pilates will be ongoing and will offer very small group classes and or private sessions based on clients' needs and schedule.

For more information on the program contact Niece Pecenka at

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