‘Bumps & Babes Pilates’ with Elizabeth Williams


Arkell Centre, Nailsworth
Pregnancy Pilates class  Tuesdays 9:15-10:15

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Just because you are pregnant shouldn’t mean that you have to give up exercise. The very nature of Pilates lends itself as an ideal exercise regime in the ante natal period as long as the moves are modified and tailored to the needs of pregnancy. What is more, it can be an ideal opportunity to get to know other like-minded mums-to-be.

These pregnancy Pilates classes focus on strengthening the core; a trained pelvic floor can cope better with labour and can also stretch more readily, minimizing the risk of tears or trauma. As pregnancy progresses an increase in size and weight puts pressure on the spine and hips but particularly the lower spine. By using gentle spinal and pelvic mobility exercises along with releasing stretches, aches and pains common in the lower back and shoulders can be eased making everyday activities feel more comfortable. A relaxation section for pregnant mums is perfect for bringing together a mind-body balance and is how we finish each class.

6 week course £48 or £9 per session

Mother and baby Post-natal Pilates class Tuesdays  10:30-11:15

The initiation of pelvic floor exercises or ‘Kegel Exercises’ in the immediate postpartum period is encouraged by midwives. Post-natal Pilates builds on these initial exercises and also incorporates deep abdominal training which not only aids in the recovery of the pelvic floor and deep core muscles, but reduces the risk of future urinary incontinence which can be a common problem following childbirth.

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Abdominal separation (diastasis recti), muscular imbalances and joint instability caused by pregnancy hormones can pose problems for those wanting to get back into exercise. A specialized post-natal Pilates class where you can bring your baby is an excellent way to get back to full fitness safely by improving posture, re-educating movement and co-ordination patterns and improving core strength and spinal mobility. It is also a great opportunity to meet other new Mums in a relaxed baby friendly environment.

Please bring something to lay your baby on and any soft toys/baby essentials.

£8 per class. Spaces limited in this class so pre-booking essential.

Tea/coffee is included at the end of the session.

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