Classes Starting in January 2016
Arkell Centre Nailsworth
Pregnancy Pilates Tuesdays 09:15 – 10:15
Post-natal Pilates with babies 10:30 – 11:15
Ante natal Pilates: 60 minute class
Just because you are pregnant shouldn’t mean that you have to give up exercise. The very nature of Pilates lends itself as an ideal exercise regime in the ante natal period as long as the moves are modified and tailored to the needs of pregnancy. What is more, it can be an ideal opportunity to get to know other like-minded mums-to-be.
The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2006) list a host of benefits to be gained from exercise during pregnancy including “preparation for labour and assistance in post-natal recovery” Many of the Pilates principles are specifically beneficial to the demands of pregnancy as well as preparing for the birth and aid in post-natal recovery.
These pregnancy Pilates classes focus on strengthening the core; a trained pelvic floor can cope better with labour and can also stretch more readily, minimizing the risk of tears or trauma. As pregnancy progresses an increase in size and weight puts pressure on the spine and hips but particularly the lower spine. By using gentle spinal and pelvic mobility exercises along with releasing stretches, aches and pains common in the lower back and shoulders can be eased making everyday activities feel more comfortable. A relaxation section for pregnant mums is perfect for bringing together a mind-body balance and is how we finish each class.
Post-natal Pilates: 45 minute class:
The initiation of pelvic floor exercises or ‘Kegel Exercises’ in the immediate postpartum period is encouraged by midwives. Post-natal Pilates classes build on these initial exercises and also incorporate deep abdominal training which not only aids in the recovery of the pelvic floor and deep core muscles, but reduces the risk of future urinary incontinence which can be a common problem following childbirth.
Abdominal separation (diastasis recti), muscular imbalances and joint instability caused by pregnancy hormones can pose problems for those wanting to get back into exercise. A specialized post-natal Pilates programme where you can bring your baby is an excellent way to get back to full fitness safely by improving posture, re-educating movement and co-ordination patterns and improving strength and spinal mobility.
These shorter baby friendly post-natal Pilates classes will enable you to return safely and confidently to regular Pilates, or other exercise regimes.
Please contact me for further advice or visit my website for full details of classes, times and prices.