living with cancer
Sandhill House is owned by Lucille Cassidy, a physiotherapist turned yoga, qoya and pilates teacher who worked for many years in the Mac Millian Center where she specialised in working with people living with cancer. A specialist retreat can be arranged here at Sandhill House where a group of people can enjoy sharing the benefits of movement and focus entirely on their own needs and their healing journey of living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
Research has shown that physical activity is safe and possible during cancer treatment and beyond a cancer diagnosis. It can improve how well you function physically and your quality of life. Too much rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness and a reduced sense of wellbeing. Recent research also suggests that physically active people living with cancer have a lower risk of cancer recurrence.
Ways regular exercise may help you during cancer treatment and beyond
Helps reduce cancer-related fatigue
Reduces the side-effects of treatments
Improves strength, mobility, co-ordination and balance
Increases energy levels
Eases stress and anxiety
Improves sense of well-being and quality of life
Improves quality of sleep
Keeps the body active and moving
cancer and fatigue – When you feel too tired to exercise
Tiredness and weakness are finally being recognised as one of the most common side effects from cancer treatment. This tiredness does not get better with rest. For many, fatigue is severe and limits their activity. But inactivity leads to muscle wasting and loss of function. Being physically active can help break this cycle.
All Exercises Will Be
Modified if experiencing any side-effects from surgery or treatments
Specific to individual needs
Performed in a safe and controlled manner
Ultimately, as you begin to breathe and move mindfully and connect with your body, your sense of health and well being will begin to improve on many levels as you navigate your journey of living with and beyond your cancer diagnosis.
“I attended Pilates classes with Lucille after my cancer surgery and treatment in 2014 and then again after a second diagnosis and surgery in 2016. I've always looked forward to all her of her classes. She is a very professional instructor, who makes you feel at ease while encouraging you to your full potential at all levels. Her class is very relaxing, yet feel like you're improving your body and mind after each session. Highly recommended!”
“I loved Lucille’s Pilates classes at Mac Millan. She was very caring and understood the needs of people recovering from cancer. “
“I felt ‘safe’ in Lucille’s classes. What better combination than a physiotherapist, yoga and Pilates teacher coupled with an intuition that understands the ‘whole’ person, to nurture people who have had an encounter with cancer.”