Low impact exercise class for cancer survivors

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Instructor Toshiko Aramaki with Jon Ann Cruver.
Survivors with Lymphedema are welcome
and encouraged to join the Low Impact class.
Photo courtesy SL-LFP Senior Center

Survivors of cancer and cancer treatments dread the onset of lymphedema. Not everyone gets this condition, which is the collection of fluid in body areas affected by radiation treatments, but those who do know how uncomfortable it can be.

The lymph system depends on the contraction and expansion of muscles to keep fluid moving through the body. If the muscles are damaged, the fluid doesn't move as well.

Researchers have found that gentle exercise helps the body keep fluid moving and prevents the painful buildup.

The Shoreline Senior Center offers an exercise class specifically designed for cancer survivors, aimed at keeping lymphatic fluid moving through the body.

Toshiko Aramaki, CAN DO: Low Impact exercise instructor, is a cancer survivor herself and an ACSM/ACS certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. She feels that her recovery was made easier by maintaining a good exercise routine.

As a way of giving back, she wants to offer a reduced fee for the Low Impact class to cancer survivors. Survivors, including those dealing with lymphedema are encouraged to attend the class. 

This ongoing class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center. Class participants learn a variety of exercises to increase muscular strength, range of motion, boost energy levels, burn calories, and reduce stress. All while the instructor adapts to your individual need.

Cancer survivors and those with lymphedema are encouraged to come.

Start at any time, but first-timers need to come 10 minutes early to fill out forms. It is not necessary to be a senior citizen to join the class, nor is membership required. You are always welcome to come observe the class while in session.

$6.00 for senior center members; $7.00 for non-members. Special fee for cancer survivors: $3.00 per session.

The Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located at 18560 1st Ave NE #1, the southernmost building of the Shoreline Center campus, 206-365-1536.


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