If your new to Pilates the Reformer can be quite daunting which is why I offer Mat-based Pilates too!

To ensure I give the best to may patients I have completed an additional antenatal and postnatal qualification in Pilates.

Pilates is completely safe during pregnancy, right up to giving birth and after your baby is born. The exercises throughout are modified appropriately to the stage you are at. An initial assessment will be completed prior to starting which will allow me identify and assess any areas that need to be worked on or that might require exercise modification to ensure they are safely tailored for you.

Antenatal & Postnatal Pilates

Pilates Classes

Classes will run on a Monday in term time only at Knutsford Reformer. The Postnatal Class is 1pm – 2pm followed by the Antenatal Class 2pm – 3pm.

Classes are provided in block of 6 at £120 per block.

One-to-one Pilates

One-to-one sessions are also available for both Mat-based or Reformer Pilates (Individual or Duet).

For details and availability of one-to-one sessions please contact me.

Our bodies change throughout pregnancy and some of these changes are beneficial to allow baby to grow and be born healthy and safely. However, pregnancy does sometimes pose challenges with hormone levels that can cause:

  • Changes in the way we walk, posture and balance
  • Altered breathing patterns
  • Pelvic girdle pain – pain anywhere around the pelvis
  • Diastasis Recti (DRAM) an excess or one that has difficulty returning to ‘norm’ everyone has one in pregnancy as the muscles stretch!
  • Stress anxiety
  • Decreased energy
  • Continence and prolapse

Pilates is great for everyone at any stage or age of life!

How Pilates can help you before, during and after your pregnancy

The core is not your ‘6 pack’ Pilates increases core strength of the superficial (rectus abdominus) and deep core muscle (transverse abdominus) and also strengthens muscles of the back, pelvis and gluteal muscles.

Increasing strength helps with balance, increases stability to support the back and pelvis which are common areas of pain in pregnancy. Moving as normally as possible will help to prevent or may treat the pain.

Helps improve awareness of your body, helping with posture. Which in turn may help reduce the strain on the ligaments and joints.

Helps reduce or minimis a DRAM

Working your pelvic floor muscles functionally within the sessions. The muscles are strengthened to help prevent any weakness of the muscles, to help prevent incontinence and prolapse.

The breath is so important, diaphragmatic and lateral breathing techniques help change shallow breathing and can also help with pelvic floor symptoms! The core is a ‘piston’.

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