Penarth Woman to launch mastectomy course in January 2019

A Penarth woman is launching a six-week Biodanza for well being course for women who had a mastectomy or hysterectomy which will start in January 2019.

Gail Sterward, used to be a practice nurse at Stanwell Surgery and her colleague Paula Jardim, a Biodanza facilitator with a background in counselling and mental health. They are jointly launching the course at Penarth Pier Pavilion, starting on January 4th.

The classes will run from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday for six weeks and aim to support women after surgery following mastectomy and/or hysterectomy, regardless of how long ago they had their surgery. The classes also welcome family members or supportive friends.

Mrs Jardim said “Biodanza was created in the 60s by a Chilean psychologist who was interested in humanising medicine.”

“He started to work with women who has a mastectomy after moving to Argentina, where he observed the benefits of Biodanza for cancer patients.”

“His findings have informed the planning of the sessions which will be offered to women who had a mastectomy or hysterectomy and who would like to increase their health and well-being”

Each of the sessions will last 90 minutes and the movements are simple and easy to do.

Ms Stewart added that “Biodanza uses the power of music and movement to reconnect us with the joy of living, which in turn generates a sense of vitality, optimism and a can-do attitude. I can confirm this because I myself have experience it during my own cancer journey.”

The classes also encourgae attendees to get to know each other and share their experiences.

To find out more about the Biodanza course, call Gail Sterward on 07726 360 584.

Donations are welcome to cover the costs of the event.

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