YWCA Encore - Free Breast Cancer Exercise Program


YWCA Encore is an exercise program designed specifically for women who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives. Based around land and pool exercises and information sessions, it is safe, fun and therapeutic. The water resistance exercises can be tailored to suit individual capacity, and the warm water relaxes and relieves affected muscles. Encore can help you strengthen and tone your arms, shoulders and chest, regain mobility, and improve your general fitness.

We know that after surgery, many women experience fatigue, numbness, pins and needles, loss of mobility, and discomfort in their upper bodies. Encore can help relieve these treatment side effects through exercise.

We aim to help you:

  • improve mobility and flexibility in your arms and shoulders
  • boost your self esteem and self image
  • relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing as a result of surgery
  • reduce the potential risk of lymphoedema or manage existing lymphoedema
  • create a positive attitude to life and health