Pink Ribbon Program


Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

The Pink Ribbon Program supports the physical and emotional recovery from breast cancer surgery and promotes a positive body image to breast cancer survivors on their road to recovery.

Our instructors at Pilates Bodies are Breast Cancer Exercise Specialists (BCES) qualified to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise programs for those diagnosed with breast cancer. The BCES is skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, creating appropriate exercise programs and empowering individuals to lead a healthy and self-fulfilling life. The BCES will have a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, prevention of lymphodema and contraindications.


In addition, Pilates Bodies has a Registered Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapist. Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage technique that moves and manages the fluids in the lymphatic system by stimulating groups of lymph nodes and moving the fluid directly. LDM (lymphatic drainage massage) supports individuals both during cancer treatment and also during the recovery process. LDM helps manage and improve lymphedema by moving the fluid out of the affected area and into other areas of the lymphatic system. This technique can also aid in detoxification of the body after chemotherapy is complete, and help create healthier scar tissue development after radiation treatment. Lymphatic Drainage Massage helps to heal the body from the inside out after breast cancer surgery, reconstruction and/or chemotherapy and radiation.

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Background Founder

Doreen Puglisi is the founder and program director for The Pink Ribbon Program. She opened her first facility in 1998 and her second in 2002. As an exercise physiologist, Doreen is dedicated to quality Pilates instruction as well as design and implementation of specialty programs for clients with specific medical limitations.

While working with patients who were breast cancer survivors, Doreen saw a need to design a specific post-operative program for these survivors. Hence, The Pink Ribbon Program was created. This need became even more apparent to Doreen when she, herself, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a total mastectomy. The pain associated with the surgery as well as the loss of mobility in her affected arm was not something she was prepared for. After her surgery, no formal physical therapy was prescribed. Doreen was able to use her Pink Ribbon Program to regain the range of motion as well as strength in her affected arm. This personal experience has helped Doreen to truly understand and reshape The Pink Ribbon Program and the need to reach all breast cancer survivors.



Benefits of The Pink Ribbon Program

Pilates Bodies is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image to all breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon 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. This program is suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels.

Pilates uses highly specialized equipment to support and develop the precision of movement and control of the body. The Pilates Method offers a comprehensive, all over body workout while bringing greater connection between your body and mind.

• Reduces feelings of depression

• Improves self confidence and control

• Helps regain strength and mobility in affected shoulder and arm

• Enhances energy levels

• Helps control weight

• Improves sleep

• Alleviates fatigue

• Decreases stress and tension

• Enhances hysical and mental well-being