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YWCAEncore is a free eight week program designed by medical specialists specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives and who are at least eight weeks post-surgery. This program originated in the United States in the 1970’s and spread to Australia in 1983. In the last 14 years YWCAEncore has expanded to sites in Japan, New Zealand and Canada. YWCAEncore incorporates gentle exercises and relaxation techniques with information and support; it is safe, fun, and therapeutic. Not only do these gentle exercises improve participant’s strength, mobility and flexibility; the warm water hydrotherapy sessions relieve stiff and sore muscles affected by treatment and lack of activity.
YWCAEncore sessions are led by two fully trained YWCAEncore facilitators. A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 14 participants are permitted to sign up for the program. One facilitator leads the group exercises and social sessions while the other observes each participant, ensuring they are executing the proper technique during the exercises. The second facilitator is also in place to observe participants in emotionally charged situations and attends to their needs accordingly. YWCA Saskatoon’s instructors attended a 20 hour instructor training course delivered by YWCA Halifax in the fall of 2010, facilitated by Master Trainer, Betty Ann Clarke. This training does not expire or require recertification. Each instructor is provided with all the materials required to market and deliver the program.
YWCAEncore is comprised of one (1) two-hour session once per week for eight weeks. These sessions are comprised of approximately 15 minutes of sharing time, a 45 minute presentation by a professional guest speaker followed by 30 minutes of land exercises and 30 minutes of water exercises. Health topics covered by the guest speakers may be, but are not limited to: lymphedema, benefits of Registered Massage Therapists, sexual health, nutrition, and follow up exercise programs available after YWCAEncore.
The goal of YWCAEncore is to provide a supportive and therapeutic exercise program, delivered in nonmedical surroundings, for women of any age, who have experienced breast cancer and its treatment at any time. The objectives of this program include participants being able to share common experiences and concerns with other women who have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that stem from breast cancer surgery and understand each other’s journey. This program also provides participants with the opportunity to further their own personal development and self-esteem.
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