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Cath has been teaching Mat Pilates since 2001 and Apparatus equipment since 2007.

"Thank you very much for your invaluable advice and instruction which has demonstrated the effectiveness of expertly taught Pilates.

I hope you appreciate the difference you have made."

Pre & Postnatal

Congratulations on your exciting news!

There are many ways Pilates can help your body, mind, and baby.  

There are many changes happening, and your body is adapting every day, whether you are pre or postnatal.

What happens in a pre & postnatal class?

As we are a very select small group our session is ALL ABOUT YOU: how you are feeling generally and any specific concerns you may have.

Whatever trimester you are at, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.  We aim to make you comfortable throughout the class, so it is important to communicate your needs and feelings to me.  The exercises are targetted to your specific trimester and we have four different workouts depending on where you are in each one.


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Little Wriggler!

Depending on whether we are in a small group (max 5 per class) or as a 1-2-1, we work safely and within each trimester.  We may use large or small equipment and will work all areas of concern – posture, hips, lower back, relaxation, and breathing.

Like any normal class Pregnancy Pilates starts with simple warm-up moves. usually standing or seated on the big ball, then we work different parts of the body.  We concentrate on the key areas of the body – pelvic floor, around the pelvis, abdominals, back strength and upper body posture.  At the end of the class, we also enjoy a relaxation session…

For your comfort and exercise adaptation, there is a variety of equipment we can use.  We make most of the Reformer and Tower as well as the smaller equipment – bands, balls etc.

As we usually only meet once a week, there is the opportunity to continue some of the moves at home/work, via the ‘Fundamentals’ moves.  These are a snapshot of the basic Pilates moves we use in class.  The aim is to complete each move five times, holding each movement longer each round of practice; keep all moves within your ability and comfort levels.

Everyone is welcome.  We just need to make sure you are OK to exercise (most women are, so don’t worry), and we’ll do the rest.

We have afternoon and early evening sessions available for our 1-2-1’s and also a dedicated class on Monday at 8.15pm.  The Discovery Session makes sure we can help you and you can come and see the equipment.

For your comfort and exercise adaptation, there is a variety of equipment we can use.  We make most of the Reformer and Tower as well as the smaller equipment – bands, balls etc.

As we usually only meet once a week, there is the opportunity to continue some of the moves at home/work, via the ‘Fundamentals’ moves.  These are a snapshot of the basic Pilates moves we use in class.  The aim is to complete each move five times, holding each movement longer each round of practice; keep all moves within your ability and comfort levels.

Everyone is welcome.  We just need to make sure you are OK to exercise (most women are, so don’t worry), and we’ll do the rest.

We have afternoon and early evening sessions available for our 1-2-1’s and also a dedicated class on Monday at 8.15pm.  Book a Discovery Session to make sure we can help you, and show you around the studio.

Pre Natal


Specialist pre &postnatal small group & 1-2-1’s are held at Your Pilates Space, Longridge

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Welcome back to Exercise!

You’ve had your baby – your life will never be the same again! A routine is slowly developing and everyone wants to see the new baby!

With all this excitement about your new arrival, one other special person can be overlooked – YOU!

As a new mum (whether it’s your first or fourth…), we very often put our needs last. Everyone (even the dog) comes before our needs.

That is where the time for your (and baby) come in. Why not take part in something that is beneficial to both baby and you? Exercise is one of those lovely times when you can be together. Forget the washing/bottles/pads/cleaning – have some time to yourself.

Post Natal Pilates is a fantastic way to start getting back into shape…  But before you attend your first class – why should you bother?

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All that hair, Jack!!

Benefits of Post Natal Exercise

As far as workouts go, the pregnancy period, giving birth and the early postpartum days will be the toughest workout you have ever had! Beginning suitable exercise at the right point will be your biggest ally in getting your mind and body back into shape.

During your pregnancy, your heart and lungs have grown strong and adapted to the change in your body, as well as your leg muscles, and the increased workload it needs to progress you through your pregnancy. In short, your body is fitter and stronger by being pregnant! Now would be the time to maximise these gains and start a progressive exercise programme.

There are many areas that postnatal exercise can help – both within your boy and also your mind…

 

Recovery of Abdominal Muscles:

  • Pregnancy can increase the size of your abdomen by up to 20 inches – that’s a lot of extra skin and tummy!
  • Working the deep abdominal muscles (the one you use when you cough and sneeze – and during the second stage of labour during a vaginal delivery), will help reduce the appearance of the tummy, gain core strength and also can help if you have had diastasis recti (a condition where the linea alba of the abdominals lengthen and thin to allow more room for baby).

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Looking after your pelvic floor

Increase tone of the Pelvic Floor Muscles:

  • If you have had a vaginal delivery your pelvic floor muscles will have worked very hard! Even if you had a c-section they certainly don’t take a back seat. Episiotomies and other interventions can take their toll on your pelvic floor.
  • Specific pelvic floor exercises (combined with deep abdominal work) have been shown to reduce incontinent and aid recovery.

Endurance and Stamina

  • As previously mentioned you are fitter now due to the improved heart and lung function.
  • Keep this momentum going by doing something that keeps the training effect up – walking with your pram is PERFECT.  Now that Spring is here, the weather is getting better and there is so much new life springing into action for you to talk to your baby about.
  • Also you will be getting some much-needed Vitamin D (both important for you and baby), and help increase your mood.  Aim to get out at least 5 times per week for about 30 minutes.

Burn Baby Fat!

  • With the increase in endurance and stamina mentioned above, another very important effect of exercise is the reduction in body fat.  You know you have burned fat because you get warm (maybe sweaty) and that your breathing and heart rate increases, making you feel breathless.

Lighten the Load and Lift Your Mood

  • Exercise has a massive effect on people’s mood – it’s not just the benefits of being outdoors that matter – it is also what happens to your insides – especially your brain. Endorphins are released during exercises and help give your body a ‘natural high’; there is much research to confirm this.
  • That, and the chance to have a good chin-wag with other new mums all helps with our mental health.

Move Well

  • Often we carry our babies (and older children) on our hip on the same side.  We also have nursing/feeding positions that are not ‘normal posture’, and pick babies up from Moses baskets and cots.  In short, there is a lot of bending forward and twisting – all of which can take its toll on your body; especially your back, neck and shoulders.
  • With postnatal Pilates, you will learn how to hold the baby so you don’t put a strain on your back – that there are other ways of carrying a baby and also how to lift correctly and safely.

With all the advantages of exercise – what are you waiting for!