Pilates class for Breast Cancer patients

Are you undergoing treatment for breast cancer or just finished? Are you finding upper body movement difficult after surgery? Are you finding re-mobilisation following treatment a struggle? Or do you just want to meet others going through the same experience? Then our pilates class for breast cancer patients could be just for you!

We know how difficult rehabilitation can be after breast cancer treatment, and so the charity has used some of Breast Cancer Kent’s funding to set up a specialist pilates class.

How does it work?

The Breast Cancer Kent Pilates Class meets weekly on a Thursday at the YMCA sports centre in Loose, Maidstone from 12.30pm -1.15pm.

The class is run by Vicki Cook, who is a qualified level 4 Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist* and has lots of experience of working with cancer patients. Exercises are floor and chair based, catering for mixed abilities. So, whatever your level of mobility, Vicki can help.

What do I need to bring?

The charity provides all the equipment attendees will need for the class. That is, a mat, ball, band and block. (If these sound scary, don’t worry – they are not!) You may also like to bring a bottle of water as hydration during exercise is very important.

What should I wear?

We recommend you wear comfortable, loose clothing. A tracksuit, or leisure trousers and a tee shirt for example. Comfortable footwear such as trainers, or non slip yoga socks would be advisable.

What about the social side?

We believe that the social side of rehabitation after treatment is as important as the physical side. Many of the class attendees stay for a coffee and a chat afterwards in the YMCA café. You might find this helpful.

How do I join in?

To join in with the group, please contact Vicki Cook directly on 07759 833097 to book a place. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, please contact Vicki before attempting to attend the class. The pilates class is funded free of charge to attendees, however if you would like to make a small donation this option is always welcome for the continued running of the group. We look forward to welcoming you very soon! Our intrepid ladies did not let coronavirus stop their pilates classes! Vicki and her group were able to continue their exercises through online zoom classes. Please continue to contact Vicki directly on the number above if you are interested in joining this class.

Quick facts

Breast Cancer represented
of all new cancer cases in 2017 and is the most common cancer in women, globally
In UK women, around
new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2017
of breast cancers were in women under 50, between 2015-2017
of breast cancers occurred in women over 75 between 2015-2017