Pink Ribbon Program

Pink Ribbon Program, January 12th - 13th 2013.


Offering strength, self-esteem and quality of life to breast cancer survivors. Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing after breast cancer surgery. You’re probably exhausted, your arm may be painful and swollen, and the adjuvant treatments can make you feel even worse. All you want to do is rest. In the past, that’s exactly what Doctors recommended. However, recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of like for breast cancer sufferers.

We are dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive body image to all breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon Program will 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. 


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different surgeries, including breast reconstruction and the impact of these surgeries on physical mobility
  • Understand the signs and symptoms of upper extremity lymphedema and axillary web syndrome
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
  • Perform an upper quadrant screening and evaluation for the breast cancer patient.
  • Develop a comprehensive rehabilitation program using a Pilates-based approach including movement sequencing specific for the breast cancer survivor.
  • Develop Periodisation Principles and the application of these principles to each survivor's exercise program. 


14 Hours

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Meet the Instructors

Doreen Puglisi  Founder of the Pink Ribbon Program, runs the organisation in the USA and  teaches in Europe and the rest of the world on request.  She works with her faculty to maintain teaching standards.

Imelda Noble has been a practising Physiotherapist since the 1980s.  Inspired by the effect Pilates was having on herself in 2004 Imelda began training in all disciplines of Pilates instructor training achieving certification as a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor in 2012. Imelda uses her skills as a physiotherapist alongside her Pilates training to aid her clients’ rehabilitation; she works out of her studio and treatment rooms in Hertfordshire.  Imelda heads Doreen's UK Faculty she runs Pink Ribbon programme courses on a weekly basis in conjunction with Adenbrokes hospital in Cambridge.

Jessica Coveley runs a Private Physiotherapy and Pilates company near Lincoln and for the past two years she has been teaching two different Pink Ribbon Program courses a week in conjunction with the Lincoln General Hospital.   Jess is chosen by APPI Education Ltd.  to tutor the Pink Ribbon program to their Physios and Instructors as well as teaching as a part of the Mbodies faculty.  

Natacha Bolanos Works within GEPAC (Spain's main cancer charity) and lectures within Pilates Training Schools in Spain.   Natacha is responsible for Courses in Spain.

Claudia Fink is a Sports, Fitness and Pilates rehabilitation entrepreneur and Instructor Trainer combining her expertise with her fluency in english and french as well as her native Italian.  Claudia is Doreen's lead instructor in Italy.  


Feedback for this course

"The course was great and I met some fantastic
people including Chris and Imelda who provided us with a great deal of
information and an excellent weekend. Thank you to them both and to you for
all your organisation and course information which was exemplary!"

Anon , June 2015

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course with Natacha. She is very knowledgeable, passionate about the subject and the fact that she deals daily with patients gave the course that bit extra, I am sure."
July 2014

"Very good overall. Lots of practical information which can be immediately put to good use. "
July 2014

"Fab two days - thank you!"
July 2014

"Very good course, thank you!"
A.Dancisinova, July 2014

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"Very well presented and covered all theory and practical expectations."
July 2014

"I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 day course."
July 2014

"The course exceeded my expectations, from the program itself to the material & information provided to the presentation. The course was a real eye opener to what these women and men might go through and I really appreciated all the information and the way it was clear in the workshop booklet. I came away with such a great feeling and now really want to reach out to people & get the program out there."
K.W, June 2014

"The course was FABULOUS! I found it very interesting and am starting to get my letters out to make contact with the breast care nurses and am in the process of drafting up my letters to send out to all my contacts! I really feel that the Pink Ribbon programme is great and will help many many of my existing clients and hopefully many many more people post cancer!

P.S. I thought Jess was brilliant, very good!"
K.B, May 2014

"Enjoyed very much. A real eye opener! Thank you."
April 2014

"[This course] helped me to understand the journey that a cancer patient has gone through."
April 2014

"Exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the course, it was taught brilliantly by Imelda who knows loads and conveyed it in an interesting, informative way."
April 2014

"Great, really informative!"
April 2014

"Clear, concise information which was presented in a time frame that worked!"
April 2014

"Exceeded my expectations! Amazing course. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Learnt so much and feel very empowered to go and run these courses."
L.Hunter, April 2014

"Nice to do case studies at the end to bring all knowledge together."
Anonymous , February 2014

"Thank you very much. Really enjoyable. I hope I can do it justice!"
Anonymous , February 2014

"Great course, thank you both!"
Anonymous , February 2014

"Chris - just a little news update.

The Pink Ribbon Program here in Bolton is creating a lot of interest.
I have a Pilates client who is a radiographer at Christies Manchester who is spreading the word.
My first client has progressed well through the course and has now integrated into regular class - bringing 4 friends/family members with her I might add!
Sue B, November 2013

"I had visions of queues of post op ladies all at the same stage wanting to sign up for classes. It has been so different. A series of meetings, connections and introductions. The affiliation with the charity, getting to know some of the group, hosting events and then slowly the business has started to come in. It has been a rewarding journey - I have such admiration and respect for these women."
SB, November 2013

"Excellent! Well organised and I really enojoyed it!"
April 2013

"Very informative course, feel I got exactly what I wanted from it and more. Thoroughly enjoyed it - Thank you!"
April 2013

"Excellent training delivered in a very professional manner."
April 2013

"Excellent Instructor, knowledgeable, warm and friendly. Whole atmosphere was great. Enjoyed every minute of the course. Thank you!"
Denise Katz , April 2013

"Brilliant course. Excellent Theory and Practical balance. Good pace - able to absorb the material. "
April 2013

"Thank you for a lovely course. Taught at a high level and a great bunch of people with specialist knowledge helped to enrich the material. "
January 2013

"Very Interesting and thought provoking course, I look forward to putting it in to practice."
January 2013

"Excellent Course, very helpful and enjoyable. Learned so much, can't wait to work with clients. Definitely would recommend to others."
Anonymous (PRP Dublin), November 2012

"Thoroughly enjoyed, the instructors passion was obvious which made it easier to learn. Venue, food and facilities were excellent. Highly recommended. "
Anonymous (PRP Dublin), November 2012

"Excellent course and very useful resource materials for reference. I would definitely be interested in further training in the Pink Ribbon Program and I enjoyed the experience of learning more about an important health issue."
Anonymous (PRP Dublin), November 2012

"I found the course fantastic. Dani is a brilliant instructor, so enjoyed the workshop! "
Annie Deery, November 2012

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