What is pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise combining flexibility and strength training with body awarenss, breathing and relaxation. The exercises are based on certain movement patterns performed with your abdominal and pelvicfloor muscles known as “the stable core” These muscles are also known as deep stabilizing muscles (Robinson et al, 2000).

Physiotherapy research has shown that by improving your deep abdominal stability muscles through pilates based exercise, it can reduce and prevent LOW BACK PAIN & PELVIC PAIN/INSTABILITY, which are common during pregnancy due to the physical and hormonal changes.

All different muscles can be strengthened during a pilates class while working on “stable core” and “pelvic floor” at the same time.

Resistance from the spring loaded reformer beds, therabands or magic circles can also aid strengthening and stretching of specific muscle groups.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting time in your life when you want to take the best care of yourself and your growing baby. Over the 9 months of pregnancy and you may experience different sensations along the way due to the physical and hormonal changes going on in your body.

During pregnancy a hormone called "relaxin" is released which effects collagen structures in the muscles, ligaments & tendons. This may cause you to have low back pain &/or pelvic instability as the relaxin works to soften those structures to prepare for childbirth. Therefore, it is important that you exercise carefully without placing too much stress on your joints and pelvis.

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Postnatal Recovery

Following pregnancy & childbirth some muscles in the body have stretched and weakened, specifically the abdominals & pelvic floor muscles. Pilates exercises will help improve the strength in these muscles, allowing you to safely return to full activities again.

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