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Is there a community aspect to postnatal Pilates classes?

community aspect to postnatal Pilates classes

Postnatal Pilates classes are a wonderful way for new mums to reconnect with their bodies in a safe, supportive environment whilst strengthening weakened core muscles and mobilising the spine. As a result of this increased mobility and better posture, women experience less back and neck pain which is often brought on by the demands of motherhood such as breastfeeding and carrying the baby around. In addition, the community aspect of these classes gives mums a chance to meet with other like-minded mums and share experiences in an informal and social setting which is beneficial for their mental wellbeing.

Many new mothers are itching to get back into exercise but don’t know where to start or feel uncomfortable in their body after pregnancy and childbirth. Others may not have exercise high on their priorities but recognise they are weak and experiencing abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti) or pelvic floor dysfunction which can be exacerbated by coughing, laughing, sneezing and impact sports such as running. Clinical postnatal Pilates East Sheen addresses these issues by gently re-introducing the abdominal muscles to reduce the gap in the abdominal wall and strengthen the muscles that support the pelvic floor, reduce incontinence and prepare for more strenuous exercise and activities.

In addition to the physical benefits, Pilates shows new mothers how to gain mindful control of their core muscles, which is vital for the recovery process post-natally. It also improves awareness of how to support the muscles in the spine and how to activate and engage the pelvic floor muscles. This helps prevent injury and reduces the risk of back and neck pain.

Is there a community aspect to postnatal Pilates classes?

During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the growing womb and it is common for women to develop Diastasis Recti which is when the connective tissue sheath that joins the left and right abdominal muscles becomes stretched creating a gap.

It is a very common issue and can be caused by a wide range of factors including the tummy gap that results from pregnancy and breastfeeding, weak core muscles, poor posture and high impact exercise. Clinical Postnatal Pilates addresses these issues and provides specific exercises that can be done at home to help re-establish the connections between the left and right abdominal muscles to reduce the gap and strengthen the abs.

In addition, it can be beneficial for new mothers to come along to a class where they can receive hands-on support from a trained instructor who is experienced in working with pregnant and postnatal clients. This can be especially helpful if they have concerns about how their body is healing, or if they have suffered from a complicated delivery such as a C section. However, it is recommended to have a check up with a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist or Mummy MOT assessment before returning to class, so they can provide more bespoke advice and guidance.

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