In our first article, Dee was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the same cancer that her mother died of. We saw how Pilates truly helped Dee to keep the full range of her shoulder mobility, especially after the Lumpectomy Surgery. Our second article covers Dee's journey through Chemotherapy and how her Pilates sessions helped her mind and body to deal with the harsh chemicals of Chemotherapy.

Next, Dee was prescribed radiation treatments, 5 days a week for 6 and a half weeks, a total of 37 radiation treatments. The Radiation was targeted to a couple spots all around the Left shoulder. She felt like radiation was a "cake walk" compared to chemotherapy. She had little burning of the skin as most people do, she applied pure Aloe Vera to her skin before treatments, then shea butter after wards. The main problem with radiation was the swelling and atrophy it caused in her left shoulder.  The shoulder pain started after the 1st week of treatments. I remember feeling Dee's shoulder and couldn't believe how....

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Dee was prescribed a regimen of ACT Chemotherapy.  Adriamycin, Cytoxan and Taxol.  Some of the possible side effects of this type of chemo are a decrease of red and white blood cells and well as platelets, mouth sores, nail changes, decreased appetite, taste changes, hair loss or thinning, numbness and/or tingling to fingers and toes.  Dee experienced hair loss, decreased appetite and numbness to the fingers and toes.

Dee purchased a Gratz Reformer, Magic Cirlce and a Foot Corrector so we could work out in her home.  She borrowed a Wunda Chair, High Barrel and Mat.  We kept her sessions varied because she wasn't just a woman going through chemo.  She still wanted a great workout!

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What better way to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month, then by sharing Dee's amazing breast cancer success story.

Dee's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 50 and later passed away from the disease. Since the age of  30, Dee had been getting regular mammograms. At the age of 57, Dee was a longtime Pilates client as well as a body for her friend, Susan (60), who was enrolled in the Pilates Technique Certification program. During the Level 3 test, Dee said she had had a mammogram and the results were "not good".  This was on Friday. She went in to surgery the next week to have a Lumpectomy. Her Dr. told her, "Well, it's the same kind your mom had. It wasn't a matter of IF you were going to get it, it was just a matter of WHEN".  The surgery went well......

 

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Autumn is upon us, although it might be hard to tell with 90 degree weather in Los Angeles. Still the hours of daylight are on a downward slope and colder weather looms in the future. The two combined, plus the madness of holiday schedules, result in dips in energy and motivation--impacting both you and your clients. In order to keep you as a teacher and as a devotee to Pilates fresh and dynamic through the winter months I have put together a few suggestions...

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One of our most recent PTC graduates came to us from San Francisco.  She moved to Los Angeles to enroll in our program and follow her passion.  Here is Chaele Cooper's road to Pilates:

I have been passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection since my teens and for over a decade I have wanted to make health and well-being the focus of my professional life.  The affects of exercise, nutrition and meditation on the mental and emotional state have always fascinated me. I've studied everything from Shiatsu massage, yoga, Ayurveda and Eastern religions to nutrition, amino acid therapies and recently EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, a therapy similar to acupuncture but without needles).  In my twenties, while toiling away at an advertising agency, I envisioned going back to school and becoming a psychotherapist who uses physical activity, diet and meditation to augment therapy. 

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Here is another story about how Pilates has changed someone's life for the better. This is Megan Densmore's Pilates Story.

"I started gymnastics at 3 years old and by the age of 6 I was competing and training daily. At 7 a typical week for me consisted of being picked up from school and going directly to gymnastics practice until late in the evening Monday through Friday and traveling to competitions on the weekends. As part of my gymnastics training I started lifting weights at about 6 years old. I competed until age 12 at which point I decided to focus on ballet, track, and basketball.

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Our next account of Pilates career transitions comes from Brandi Albright.  Like Julie, Brandi had a full-time corporate job when she fell for Pilates.  Ever a goal-setter, Brandi determines what she desires and achieves it.  From part-time teaching in the evenings to presently teaching at 3 studios and averaging 25-28 hours a week, she is an example of being a Pilates instructor and maintaining the lifestyle corporate jobs have to offer.  Find out how she does it...

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