PILATES AND WELLBEING

Postnatal Plus Classes

Whether your children are 8 months or 18 years old, if you haven’t been able to find the time to reconnect to your body, you will gain huge benefits from specialist Pilates classes.

“Having suffered with diastasis recti resulting in a bad back for nearly 10 years, working with her over just a few sessions has stopped my back aching and also a noticeably stronger pelvic floor.” Bhavni Cook

What we offer

Postnatal Plus classes are designed for mums with babies who are at least 6 months old. You don’t need any previous experience to join the class but if you haven’t been to a Centred Mums class before, you will need to book in for a private session before attending these classes to learn the basic breathing techniques and so I can get to know your body before you enter the group setting. Each class is tailored for the people in it so it is important that I understand you and your needs before you join us.

There is a saying within postnatal fitness “Once postnatal, always postnatal” and I believe this to be firmly the case. Combining myofascial release techniques and restorative movement with more traditional strengthening exercises and functional movement, I will support you in your journey to revitalising your body.

I offer weekly specialist postnatal Pilates classes in St Albans that allow a supportive, non-competitive environment for you to develop your practice. I have 10 years of experience in working with

  • Diastasis Recti
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • sciatica

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 teaching you to listen to your body. Through the classes you will gather a deeper knowledge and understanding of Pilates that you can take out into your everyday life and will give you the foundations for any other exercise you may be building up to or already doing.

You will release tension while building strength and reconnecting with your pelvic floor, abdominals and coordination of movement. While we direct and correct, we 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.

Classes available:

Monday 9.45am @St Paul’s Church

Monday 8.30pm @St Michael’s Memorial Hall

Wednesday 7.30pm @St Paul’s Church

Wednesday 8.30pm @St Paul’s Church

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?
Postnatal Plus classes have a maximum of 10 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.

Can I still do the class if my babies aren’t babies anymore?!
Yes! I work with postnatal women of all ages and some of the most amazing results come from women who’s kids are all grow up! If you haven’t rehabilitated your body then these classes are for you no matter how old your baby is!

Testimonials:

Alex Ball

“Grace is always correcting our technique (which makes me realise that I’ve been doing squats wrong for years) and is in tune with everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. I do feel stronger and I find her sessions really relaxing (and every Mum needs that hour of calm occasionally!).”

 

Katy Abrahams

“I’ve been going to Grace’s classes for just 6 months having had 3 babies and I’m slowly regaining my core. Her classes are small, calm, tailored to the individuals in the room and the highlight of my week!”

 

Alex Ball

“Grace has a wealth of postnatal knowledge. She’s very hands on in her classes – checking posture, correcting technique & making sure everyone is feeling the exercise in the right place!”

 

Bhavni Cook

“Having suffered with diastasis recti resulting in a bad back for nearly 10 years, working with her over just a few sessions has stopped my back aching and also a noticeably stronger pelvic floor.”