Nikki Bergen

Breast Cancer Recovery

Exercising after breast cancer surgery may be the last thing you feel like doing. Cancer wreaks havoc on the body and many women are left feeling physically challenged by even normal daily activities. Traditionally, cancer patients have been told to avoid exertion, but more recent studies show that exercise can greatly improve physical function and quality of life during and after treatment.

Here are some well-documented benefits from participating in a Pilates program before and after breast cancer surgery:

  • Improved lymphatic drainage with proper breathing techniques
  • Restored postural alignment and balance
  • Improved shoulder mechanics to help breakdown scar tissue
  • and frozen shoulder
  • Restored overall range of motion, flexibility, strength and endurance
  • Protection against bone loss during chemo and radiation
  • Enhanced core strength and endurance
  • Improved overall body awareness
  • Re-established muscular firing patterns
  • Reduced both physiological and emotional stress
  • Increased self-confidence and overall well-being

We offer private rehabilitative Pilates training for women across Toronto and host Pink Method Pilates and dance workshops several times throughout the year.


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    What people are saying!

  • After my double mastectomy I was anxious to start exercising again but I was also terrified that I could do more damage than good. I took a cross-training course geared toward encouraging post-cancer patients to exercise but I suffered from a lot of lymphedema. I turned to lymphatic massage for relief but I found it was Nikki who really provided the most relief. Nikki helped me to be active again and she helped me to get relief from my pain and swelling. After a session with Nikki I feel energized, relaxed and I feel relief. Nikki pays attention to the needs of her clients and she is knowledgeable.
    - Rachel E.

  • While going through treatment for breast cancer Nikki came highly recommended to me by a friend. Not only because she is an amazing teacher but because of her training, experience and interest with the Pink Ribbon Program, specializing in exercise rehab for breast cancer survivors. My aim was to still get exercise and build strength in the comfort of my own home. Nikki’s gentle guidance and patience, has seen me through chemo and surgery. She is an invaluable part of my health team and I always look forward to our weekly sessions.
    - Janine P.