pilates-for-pink.jpgAccording to the Center for Disease control, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. In 2005 (the most recent year numbers are available) 186,467 women and 1,764 men were diagnosed with breast cancer, 41,116 women and 375 men died from breast cancer.

On Nov. 7, Pilates of Fayetteville is participating in the nationwide event Pilates for Pink sponsored by Shape Magazine. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., instructors will donate their time to teach Pilates and yoga classes. For just $10 per class (or $20 to stay all day and enjoy unlimited classes) Fayetteville is invited to join in the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
When it comes to breast cancer and helping patients heal, Pilates of Fayetteville is constantly and consistently looking for ways to help and this is one more way to do just that.

"I'm certified in breast cancer rehab and (my business partner) Chris is certified in physical therapy. We offer free classes for breast cancer patients," said Melinda Craven, co-owner of Pilates of Fayetteville. "Women come in and sometimes it has been a year or even 10 years since their surgery, but they never were taught to move so they have scar tissue that has built up and they can't move very well. They get to come in and move and focus on feeling better instead of being sick."

Last year was the first time that Pilates of Fayetteville participated in the event. They were able to raise more than $600. This year the goal is $1000. Craven says it doesn't matter whether you are a Pilates pro, a newbie or a wannabe; this event is a great way to exercise your body and support a great cause.

"We've added more classes," said Craven. "It is a good time for people to try Pilates. It is easy and we've got door prizes galore. Ravenhill donated a head to toe package that is worth more than $200 and a queen for the day package." The classes are varied so there is something for most every interest and skill level.

"Anybody can do it and you don't need to know anything to come and do it," said Craven. "Basically what Pilates does is strengthen (your core) all the way around which is what you need to be able to move well for everyday life. It teaches you great posture. Pilates is gentle and it has modifications for everybody if you have aches and pains then we adjust it for you or if there is someone who wants to work hard we can adjust it. With Pilates you feel better afterwards instead of just feeling like you've been beaten."

Craven recalled that last year several moms brought their daughters not only as a bonding experience, but as an educational one as well.

Register online at www.BCRF.org or pay at the door. Call 484-2163 for more info. Most of the classes at Pilates for Pink are 30 minutes long and scheduled for this order: 9 a.m. Mini Circuit, 9:30 a.m. Beginner Reformer/and Beginner Mat, 10 a.m. Jumpboard, 10:30 a.m. Ballet-ates, 11 a.m. Sculpture & Tone/Open Level Reformer, 11:30 a.m. Bosu Challenge, 12 p.m. Pilates Silver, 12:30 p.m. Upper Body Sculpt, 1 p.m. Yoga Flow
(50 min.)

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