Pregnancy is such a special and exciting time which also brings numerous physical changes that can affect your posture and daily function. Evidence shows that more than 50% of women stop exercising once they discover they are pregnant and a further 20% stop after 17 weeks, which can result in muscle weakness, tightness and decreased overall fitness. Pilates is a fantastic way of improving your posture, preventing and treating low back and pelvic girdle pain and preparing for Mummy life.
The class has many additional benefits including:
– maintenance of pelvic floor muscle strength
– prevention of incontinence
– maintenance of flexibility and circulation
– relaxation and improved mental wellbeing
– a more prepared and positive labour
– a more positive pregnancy experience
Individual physiotherapy sessions are also available to treat your specific needs. Please get in touch to discuss further
POST NATAL CHECK UP
Regardless of your pregnancy and delivery, your body will go through numerous physical changes. It isn't unusual to experience incontinence, separation of your abdominal muscles, muscle tightness and musculoskeletal pain.
This post natal check up will last an hour and will start with a detailed assessment of your pregnancy and birth including any post partum complications. Most importantly it will address any concerns you have and your goals moving forward, making the treatment plan specific to you and your needs.
We will then move on to the physical exam which will include assessment of:
– abdominal separation known as diastasic recti (DRAM)
– musculoskeletal problems related to pregnancy/post partum such as low back or pelvic girdle pain
– abdominal/pelvic floor recruitment patterns
– your posture and movement patterns
– muscle strength and length
A bespoke rehabilitation programme will then be provided alongside appropriate physiotherapist treatment techniques
This is highly recommended prior to attending post natal classes to teach the fundamentals of core and pelvic floor recruitment, allowing you to maximise the benefits from all classes
Suitable from birth
POST NATAL PILATES CLASSES
This physiotherapist led class focuses on pelvic floor recruitment, restoration of abdominal tone and core stability, spinal mobility and upper/ lower body strength aiming to provide a faster post partum recovery. We focus on recruitment of the deepest abdominal layer initially, layering up to ensure the muscles have repaired adequately, restoring both appearance and function.
Other benefits include:
-prevention/treatment of incontinence
-maintenance of bone density
-assistance with weight loss
-social interaction/psychological well being
Ligaments stay lax for up to 6 months post partum, so it is vital to strengthen our pelvic floor and core muscles at a time where we are lifting babies, buggies, car seats and feeding (all with minimal sleep!)
Women must be 6 weeks post partum to attend the class. It doesn't matter how long ago you had your child, it is never too late to address any ongoing issues you have
Babies are of course very welcome with mats provided for them next to you exercising
A one on one assessment is highly recommended pre class attendance to teach specific core recruitment patterns ensuring you gain maximum benefit from the class
Many yoga classes focus on taking joints to extreme ranges of motion which is often not conducive to optimal stability, injury prevention and performance in sport. This unique physiotherapist run class focuses on:
- maximising flexibility and joint mobility within stable, joint friendly ranges
- improving spinal mobility
- training both the strength and endurance of the core stabilising muscles
- improving stability around the scapula
- improving posture and lower limb biomechanics to assist in injury prevention
This class is appropriate for women who have completed the post natal courses and are physically ready to return to activity. It is currently run as a class for both men and women of any sporting ability looking for a unique physiotherapist led class to assist in injury prevention and performance enhancement.