Welwyn Hatfield exercise programme to help cancer sufferers

A FORMER cancer patient is helping fellow sufferers take the first steps towards a healthier and happier life. Annie Taverner has launched a series of classes based on Healthy Steps, a therapeutic exercise and movement programme. The course uses a 30-ye

A FORMER cancer patient is helping fellow sufferers take the first steps towards a healthier and happier life.

Annie Taverner has launched a series of classes based on Healthy Steps, a therapeutic exercise and movement programme.

The course uses a 30-year-old technique called the Lebed Method, designed by American professional dancer Sherry Lebed Davis, and her physician and surgeon brothers, Dr Marc Lebed and Dr Joel Lebed.

Mum-of-one Annie said she set up the classes, in Cuffley, after her experience recovering from breast cancer using the technique, which utilises music to improve overall wellness.


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She said: "I believe in positive thinking, the power of laughter and alternative and complementary therapies.

"I am now thriving and living life to the full."

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Annie has been left with lymphoedema in her right arm - a swelling as a result of fluid build-up in body tissue, which can be brought on by cancer treatment.

She said: "The Lebed Method has given me the tools to take charge of my life again, understand my lymphoedema and manage it.

"I have trained in the Lebed Method to enable others to understand the power of healing from exercise with the effects of physical and mental well being."

The sessions also help to develop balance, strength, endurance, as well as emotional wellbeing and self image.

Annie added: "The programme combines sound physical therapy practice with the freeing aspects of movement incorporating music, positive reinforcement from a group, and empowerment from information and education.

"It is a potent package that addresses mind, body and spirit."

Originally designed to help those recovering from breast cancer, the Lebed Method has also been found beneficial for other types of cancer and people dealing with different serious illnesses, including MS and chronic fatigue syndrome.

It can also be adopted by anyone wanting a gentle exercise programme.

Annie's sessions run on Tuesdays at Cuffley Village Hall. For more information, call Annie on 07722 655149.

You can also read more at www.lebedmethod.com

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