Building upper body strength after breast cancer: part 3

Building upper body strength after breast cancer After breast surgery it’s common to feel a sense of mistrust in your body, second-guessing even the simplest exercise or movement. Even kinaesthetically aware yoga and Pilates teachers report feeling this way post-surgery. With this in mind, an important part of your journey towards greater wellbeing should involve…

Re-Building Strength & Confidence After Breast Cancer Surgery: Part 1

If you’re reading this, chances are you know first-hand that recovering from surgery is not only a journey of physical rehabilitation but also of mental and emotional healing. Properly guided and planned post-surgery movement therapy—be it yoga, Pilates or dance—should not only help you regain physical strength and mobility but also help you to develop…

Dealing with depression? Here’s how Pilates can help

Depression and anxiety affects nearly 19 million adults each year, yet this common disease is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. You’ve probably heard about some emotional symptoms of depression, but did you know that people with depression live with chronic pain and other physical symptoms? 15 years ago I was diagnosed with depression and I noticed that…

Margot McKinnon Body Harmonics Pilates

The trust factor: builds slowly, burns out quickly and depends on seeing the forest for the trees

Sarah lived in a cycle of pain, fear, self-doubt and confusion. She had been treated for depression, warned that she needed back surgery and told that she would never move normally again. During the birth of her second child, she sustained nerve damage in her lower back and a fractured pelvis. Five years after the fact…