What Is Antenatal Pilates, And Is It For Me?
Antenatal Pilates is Pilates classes specifically designed for individuals during and after pregnancy. Both Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates follow the same concepts and principles of traditional Pilates, but include modified exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for expectant and new Mums. Antenatal Pilates strengthens the entire body, focusing on the core and pelvic floor, specifically for expectant and new Mums.
If you are expecting and are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, then Pilates may be for you. If you have complications, please check with your midwife or GP first.
Pre-natal Pilates is a great way for pregnant women, having an uncomplicated pregnancy, to commence weeks 8 – 20; to stay in good shape throughout your pregnancy. Ir is not recommended to commence Pilates over half way through your pregnancy, if you commence prior to week 20, you can then continue until week 32. For ladies wishing to join a class after week 20, or for continuing with exercise from week 32 – birth, we recommend Pregnancy Yoga, which is designed to help the body prepare for birth.
What Benefits Can I Expect During Pregnancy Pilates?
Pilates will help strengthen your core, back and pelvic floor, In addition, you may achieve the following benefits:
- Improved breathing control throughout pregnancy and labour.
- Reduced back pain from postural changes.
- Stronger muscles to aid lifting and bending once the baby is born.
- Improved balance.
- Improved relaxation.
- Improved mobility of joints.
- Improved labour due to increased strength of the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
- Improved self-esteem & confidence.
- Improved well-being.
- Improved body awareness.
I’ve Just Had my Baby, How Soon Can I Return to Pilates?
Congratulations! It is important not to rush this process as you will end up delaying the recovery in the long-term. Always check with your GP and midwife first. Generally, if you had an… Continue reading
Catherine is running a mixed ability lunch time and beginners evening Pilates classes from our Bedford Place Studio on Mondays
Hello, my name is Catherine. I am a member of the team at You Massage, offering Pilates Classes and Nutritional Coaching on Mondays.
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I am a qualified Level 3 Nutrition Advisor with specialist knowledge in nutrition and weight management, behaviour change coaching and sport nutrition. In addition to this I am also a Pilates Instructor with Future Fit Training and I have completed my Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat Pilates. I have continued studying whilst working at You Massage Southampton to obtain my Level 3 Pre- and Post- Natal Exercise, Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions, Exercise Referral for Health Management and ultimately complete my studies by becoming a Level 4 Low Back Pain Exercise Specialist in May 2018.
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How Pilates can help you to achieve and maintain good posture
With Heather’s Pilates Classes in Southampton
Posture is something that most people take for granted, however the long term effects of poor posture can cause irreparable damage to your spine, pain throughout your body, poor breathing, and even digestive issues. Good posture enables the spine to distribute the weight effectively so there is the least amount of pressure on the spine throughout the day. Poor posture is often caused by poor movement patterns and long periods of inactivity slouched over a desk. These bad habits mean that some muscles can become weak, and some can become overactive causing tension.
For good standing posture make sure you have:
- Ears over shoulders with chin tucked.
- Shoulders down and back, you should feel like your shoulders are pulling away from each other and the bottom of your shoulder blades are drawn together. If you could see your shoulder blades then they’d have a nice ‘V’ shape.
- Stomach drawn in, imagine your belly button being drawn towards your spine.
- Pelvis is in neutral, if your hips were a bucket of water, would that water be level?
- Weight balanced between your toes and your heels.
Good posture can be hard to hold, especially when you’ve fallen into bad habits. If you want to improve your posture, Pilates is perfect for this.
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