- Physiotherpaist led classes
- Hands-on postural correction
- Movement re-education
- Tailored excecises
As expectant mothers know, your body experiences a huge amount of change whilst pregnant. Current evidence suggests that a moderate intensity exercise is important during your pregnancy for prevention of many health issues (www.rcog.org.uk). Our Physiotherapy led Antenatal classes are a great way to help with changes occurring in pregnancy and suitable for expectant mothers from 12 weeks of pregnancy. In addition to the fitness and health benefits of exercise during pregnancy our physiotherapists have had specialised training in antenatal pilates and prevention of pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal issues. You can feel happy that the exercises given are safe for both baby and mother. Antenatal classes are also a great way to meet like-minded Mums to be.
The aims of the class are to help you appropriately maintain the strength of your core and pelvic floor from first trimester to full-term pregnancy, incorporating the key principles of Pilates. Improved strength and endurance can help with the demands of childbirth, specifically reducing your risk of low back and other musculoskeletal complications. The exercises will be adapted to your stage of pregnancy, allowing you to exercise safely throughout your pregnancy. We can also adapt exercises for pre-existing complaints/conditions. It is advisable to start the classes as soon as you can towards the end of your first trimester and can be continued until full term providing you are comfortable to do so.
Our postnatal classes are designed specifically with mums in mind. Whether you are looking to get back into exercise or feel like you need some postnatal rehabilitation this is the class for you. You can begin classes as early as 6 weeks (post GP check). The classes will help your body adapt to the postural demands of having a baby, while at the same time you gain pelvic floor control and abdominal strength in a safe and graded environment. Physiotherapists have had additional expert training in postnatal rehabilitation (including diastasis recti separation, pelvic floor muscle control and pelvic girdle stability) and have designed the classes to focus on recovery from the demands of pregnancy and childbirth. They will help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure, and help you prepare for life with a little one
The aims of the class are to help you regain the strength of your core and pelvic floor from the initial postnatal stages to getting you ready/fit for exercise again. The exercises are progressive but adapted to your current ability. We can also adapt exercises for pre-existing complaints/conditions as well as modify and increase the difficulty for those with more experience, allowing for progressions in endurance, strength and stability. You can bring your baby along to the class and we are breast feeding friendly. Small equipment will be used within the class, allowing the instructor to add variety to the class, and increase the difficulty of the exercises. We also encourage a social element to our classes and it’s a great way to meet other new mums with a coffee and biscuits included in the price of the clas.
The classes are mat based, less intense than your standard class but varied and specific to the needs of pregnancy or postpartum. We encourage a lot of pelvic stability work in standing and adapt mat exercises into high kneeling and seated. A basic level of fitness is required. You will be closely monitored by our Pilates instructor who is also a physiotherapist. This allows them to tailor the exercises to your needs, and adjust any exercises which you are having difficulty with.
All equipment is provided. Dress as you would for a fitness class, we do the class in bare feet or socks. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated!
For antenatal Pilates we request you bring two cushions from home to assist with supine work (from 12 weeks+ of your pregnancy).
For Postnatal Pilates please bring a mat and some entertainment for your baby. We are limited on space in the studio so if your bring a pram please let us know and we can store it for you elsewhere during the class
Prior to entering the class you will be asked to fill in a medical screening form (this is standard procedure for all participants).