All course bookings should be made in advance and cost £45 for a 6-week course
Spaces are limited so, if the course is full, please Contact Me to request to go on my reserve list.
Mondays 5.45-6.45pm & Wednesdays 6.45-7.45pm (six week courses – booking required)
Pregnancy is an exciting experience and throughout it your body will change in various ways to accommodate your growing bundle. Most bodies are very good at adapting and others need a little helping hand, but all bodies can benefit from keeping their deeper core muscles strong, posture and alignment good and their body awareness heightened.
This is where Pilates can come in as it is a gentle yet effective exercise form, that uses flowing, low intensity movements based on the mat or in standing positions. Pilates during Pregnancy can be practised with me any time from 12 weeks up until the due-date. It has many benefits:
Keeps Mum calm and in a positive state of mind
Promotes improvement in posture and body awareness
Improves core stability and maintains abdominal function
Prepares the body for demands of increased weight bearing and circulation.
Helps prevent back pain and other problems caused by weakness, joint instability and weight gain
Gets you fit for labour and delivery
Strengthens relevant muscles for birthing positions (all 4 kneeling, squatting etc.)
Improves relaxation skills for comfort during labour and pregnancy
Improves awareness of breath control and Pelvic floor control
Prepares pelvic floor for extra weight and demands
Lays foundations for you to regain your figure after child-birth
*12 weeks pregnant onwards.
Tuesdays 11-12pm (six week courses – booking required)
There are also enormous benefits of doing Pilates postnatally, even if it is just one class per week, which, realistically, may be all that new mums can manage. The postnatal period is a very important time for new mums, where the body continues to be vulnerable due to hormonal changes that have occurred during pregnancy and continue to have an effect on the body and mind.
Postnatal Pilates Classes focus on new mum’s and their journey back to a pre-pregnancy body in a safe and sensible way, starting from the ‘inside-out’. Each mum is different and each birth is different, therefore we usually spend a little time in the first session (as well as thinking about already completed the health form) assessing your requirements and your abdominal integrity (whether these muscles have separated and if so by how much). Our focus during the classes continues to be correct postural alignment, breathing and engagement of deep stabilising muscles (Pelvic Floor and Transversus Abdominals) prior to movement. Postnatal Pilates is designed to strengthen, repair and realign after birth, working ‘inside out’.
*I ask my new mums to have had their 6 week checks before commencing postnatal pilates and those having had C-Sections to leave it for 10-12 weeks due to recovery time needed for this major surgery.