PILATES AND WELLBEING

Postnatal Pilates Mum & Baby

As a new mum it can be really tough to make time for yourself so I provide ‘bring your baby’ Pilates classes that are all about YOU but with baby alongside you the whole way.

“This has been such a positive experience for me compared to last time, I’m so grateful that you found space for me in your classes!” Jo M

What we offer

As a new mum it can be really tough to make time for yourself so I provide ‘bring your baby’ postnatal Pilates classes that are all about YOU but with baby alongside you the whole way. These classes provide a unique education in weekly specialist postnatal Pilates classes in St Albans that allow a supportive, non-competitive environment for you to connect with your postnatal body.

Combining myofascial release techniques and restorative movement with more traditional strengthening exercises, I believe these classes are a perfect programme for your postnatal recovery.

Bring your baby classes are for you if you:

  • have had a baby in the last 9 months and want the chance to exercise without having to organise childcare
  • want to connect to your pelvic floor and abdominals
  • want to release tension while regaining stability and strength
  • want to learn techniques to support your posture and every day activities with your baby
  • have concerns such as abdominal separation, pelvic floor dysfunction or PGP
  • want to gain a deeper understanding of your postnatal body
  • want to learn about how to exercise safely for your pelvic floor and abdominals and how to build up to more intense exercise
  • have had your initial GP check and been given clearance to exercise

You will have the chance to tell me what you are hoping to achieve from the sessions so that classes are planned to help you fulfil your aims as a group; I will respond to your individual needs, while challenging you and providing support through this period of transition. While I direct and correct, I will also give you space to experiment with what is right for your body. It’s about your class experience, your confidence in your body and, above all, your enjoyment of movement.

In these friendly and relaxed classes, you will meet other Mums and get personalised advice on a safe and effective way to gain strength and move better.

I have 10 years of experience in supporting new Mums with a range of postnatal conditions including:

  • abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti);
  • pelvic floor dysfunction;
  • sacroiliac problems;
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain;
  • pelvic organ prolapse;
  • general back pain.

If you have had any specific problems postnatally you might be best to start with some private classes before moving into a group situation.
Contact me at hello@centredmums.com to discuss your needs. You can find more information about one to one sessions here.

You may also be interested in our Centred Mums Postnatal Plan. Click here for more info.

Classes available:

Monday 11am @St Paul’s Church
Thursday 9.45am @The Wellness Bar, Hatfield Road The next courses are fully booked but you can join the waiting list here.

FAQs

What do I need to wear?
Anything that you feel comfortable in! As long as you can move easily it doesn’t matter what you are wearing. Sometimes it is worth bringing layers as you might warm up throughout the class!

How many people will be in the class?
Mum and baby classes have a maximum of 8 mums booked in so I can make sure you get plenty of individual tuition.

Do I have to sign up to a block of classes?
I only take block bookings because I believe this is the best way to ensure you really see the benefit of the sessions. I don’t take drop ins because I want to fully screen you, get to know your body and make sure that you get the most out of the classes. If you miss a class there may be a chance to make it up at another one of my classes within the same block – just let me know with at least a week’s notice and I will do my best to fit you in to another class on the timetable.

What shall I bring?
An exercise mat and some water. You are also welcome to bring things for your baby to play with or to lie on if you like (although the floor is padded with no shoes allowed so it isn’t essential). You also don’t HAVE to have a mat if you’re happy to lie on the padded floor!

Can I bring my baby?
Yes, babies are very welcome but this isn’t a class for babies – it’s all about you and you are welcome to get childcare and come alone if you prefer. Your baby is your responsibility throughout the class and should not be involved in any of the exercises.

Is there parking at the venue?
No but round the corner on Blandford Road there is free parking for 2 hours.

Testimonials:

Clare C

“Grace was incredibly supportive throughout my pre and postnatal period not only through the Pilates but with general well-being as well. I don’t think I would have felt like ‘normal’ me as quickly as I did without her classes.”

 

Melanie O’Hara

“Grace and her classes are amazing! After my second baby the gap between my stomach muscles were 5 fingers wide. With her help and her great classes, I managed to restore my core strength and closed the gap completely!”

 

Kathy Ede

“Grace has a wonderful manner and knows so much about how pregnancy affects our bodies. As well as targeting my core and helping my baby related back issues, her classes are fun and friendly.”