IA have joined forces with our exercise specialist Sarah Russell to provide free online core rehabilitation classes for anyone with an ileostomy or internal pouch.

Thanks to a generous donor, each month we are able to fund up to six people to participate in core rehabilitation classes with Sarah through her online studio.

Classes are for members of IA who have an ileostomy, internal pouch, reversal surgery and those with a parastomal hernia. They are based on physiotherapy led clinical Pilates principles and are suitable for everyone: you must be able to get down onto the floor easily, be able to lie on your back and be able to kneel on all fours comfortably; you can be 3-4 weeks post-surgery to start Foundations Class and you can join a class if you have a hernia.

Classes are delivered live online with Sarah and you can apply for funding for up to 8 live classes. Due to the expected demand, people will be selected by random from the pool of applicants and you will be offered an initial trial class to see if you like it before being offered full funding. Classes will be officially launched at our online Information Day 26 March, but early application is encouraged to ensure you get your place.

You must commit to the class slot and attend regularly if you take up funding and may be asked to be involved in research questionnaires before and after the classes.

To apply for a place on the Specialist Core Rehab Program, please complete the application form.

Please note that by entering your contact details you are consenting to IA processing and securely storing your personal data for the purposes of registering with IA’s Specialist Core Rehabilitation Programme. To withdraw your consent at any time, please email [email protected], or write to us at IA National Office, Danehurst Court, 25-37 West Street, Rochford, Essex. SS4 1BE.

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