The Muliebrity Brainery


A Brainery is defined as: ‘… A place of study or training in a special field ‘ and the Muliebrity Brainery is where I’ll be sharing information about my new courses…starting with:

The Breast Cancer Rehab Specialist Training

This course is designed to give women’s healthcare professionals, from the fields of physio, massage and fitness the confidence to help women live well during and after treatment for breast cancer.

Did you know:

That 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but the average 10-year survival rate is 83%.

If the cancer is located only in the breast, the 5-year survival rate of women with breast cancer is 99%.

62% of cases are diagnosed at this stage.

If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 85%

The landscape of breast cancer survivorship has changed ENORMOUSLY over the past ten years – we’re now regarding breast cancer survivorship as a chronic disease…OR and opportunity to move from ‘surviving’ to THRIVING after cancer treatment ends.


There are issues we need to be aware of:

How can we safely and effectively use a biopsychosocial approach to use our toolboxes of manual therapies, therapeutic exercise prescription and lifestyle strategies to help women live well?

What do we need to be aware of regarding:

lymphatic dysfunction risk reducation?


chemo induced peripheral neuropathy?

recognising potential oncologic emergencies?

what to do…but also what to avoid?

I’ve been teaching my Oncology Rehab classes globally for the past decade – they are constantly being updated as new literature emerges and the breast cancer rehab course will be the first in the series, to be followed by Gynae Cancers, Bladder & Bowel Cancers and Prostate Cancer Rehab courses.

In the Breast Cancer Rehab Course, we’ll cover:

Breast Cancer Surgeries: Mastectomies, Breast Conserving Surgeries (lumpectomies) and reconstruction; Working with post surgical Scars

Shoulder Dysfunctions: using education, manual therapy and exercise prescription to increase ROM, strength and function

Understanding the Lymphatic System – how to optimise it, Risk Reduction strategies, identifying and managing issues such as cording/axillary web syndrome, teaching self MLD, appropriate exercise prescription and recognising signs that the LS is becoming stressed/when to refer onwards

Chemotherapy: understanding precautions and contraindications, Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathies, Cancer Related Fatigue, Cancer Related Cognitive Function (‘chemo brain’) and Cardiotoxicity

Radiation: precautions for manual therapy, understanding Post Radiation Fibrosis, lymphatic, cardiac and bone health issues

Hormonal and Targeted Therapies: understanding and addressing the effects, from joint arthralgias, plantar fasciitis to pelvic health, bone health and heart health

We’ll also be looking at medium to long term issues such as Strength & Wellbeing, Bone Health, Heart Health, Brain Health, Weight management, Stress management/ mindful meditation/guided rest, What to eat, what to avoid…

How does this all work?

This course will be a combination of video recorded lectures, live webinars and a private Facebook support group, culminating in a live one day event on August 31st in Brighton, where we’ll have sessions for practicing manual therapy techniques and follow them up with corrective exercise strategies, based on yoga, pilates and resistance/balance/flexibility work, as well as restorative practice.

The goal is to fill your toolbox with evidence based strategies and increase your confidence in helping women live well after breast cancer treatment ends.

To sign up:

Because numbers will be strictly limited to ensure personal interaction, supervision and confidence in the treatment techniques, if you’d like to book a place, please email me at michellelyonsphysio@gmail.com with Breast Cancer Brighton in the subject line. We’ll communicate to make sure this course will be a good fit for your needs and then, if you’d like to sign up, I’ll send you a payment link and an invitation to the private Facebook group.

How long do I have access to the course?

Evergreen access to both the course and the facebook support group

What are the prerequisites?

You need to be licensed to use bodywork/exercise in a rehab/ fitness setting – physiotherapists, massage therapists/bodyworkers, osteopaths, chiro’s

How much does it cost?

The cost for the online modules, continuing access in the support group and the live day in Brighton is €497 (which is approx £445 or $555 usd)

Interested? Email me to sign up but…places will be strictly limited for this intake to ensure a high quality learning experience.

Looking forward to learning with you!