Manor Clinic provides separate ante and post natal Pilates classes which allows our teachers to focus on the particular requirements of mothers at these two important points in the childbirth timeline. The classes have been designed by a physiotherapist and taught by teachers trained in the highly regarded APPI Pilates for Pregnancy qualification.
The classes take place on Saturday afternoon starting with the ante natal at 2:00pm followed by the post natal at 3:00pm. These timings have been designed to allow the greatest chance that pupils will have availability of childcare from partners or parents. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 8 pupils to ensure that there is a high level of individual attention. The classes will be a mixture of matwork but may also include work with equipment e.g. Swiss ball and supportive cushions if required and include a short relaxation session.
Ante Natal classes can be attended from 12 weeks pregnant until the due date and are booked and paid for in 4 weeks blocks.. Post natal classes will be taught and paid in blocks of 8 weekly lessons plus an initial one on one lesson. These can be attended from 6-8 weeks post-partum or 12 weeks if post c-section. During the one on one pupils will be taught the basic exercises that will be developed during the block and this also gives the teacher the chance to assess a pupils posture, signs of rectus diastasis and pelvic floor activity as well as any individual requirements . Pupils can apply for additional blocks once they have undertaken the initial block without the need for a further one on one session.
Why pregnancy Pilates?
The main benefit of Pilates is that it targets the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way helping improve postural awareness and maintaining flexibility. Doing regular Pilates will help to:
•Strengthen your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down.
•Strengthen your tummy muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
•Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
•Helps with balance, as you may feel a little more clumsy, or that your balance isn’t as good as usual, in pregnancy. Pilates exercises strengthen your coreand may make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows.
•Takes the strain off your back and pelvis, by using positions such as going on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth.
•Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour.
Meet the teachers:
- Katie Ford
- Nicola Thompson