Elizabeth's Pilates in Stroud - Ante and Post Natal Pilates Classes

Nailsworth

Arkell Centre, Nailsworth

Pregnancy Pilates class  Tuesdays 9:15-10:15 

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.

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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  10:15-11:30 

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

About me: Elizabeth's Pilates in Stroud

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I trained with Michael King at the prestigious Pilates Institute London in 2004 and am a fully insured  Pilates and Ante & Post Natal Instructor with a level 3 Diploma in Pilates Mat work and level 3 Pre and Post-Natal Exercise Programming. I teach locally and aim to bring affordable, experienced and quality teaching to a variety of venues and people of all ages and abilities.

I have 17 years experience in the sports/fitness industry and hold a Sports Studies & Leisure Management degree. On graduating, I joined Champneys and became the Fitness Manager at the UK's largest Spa, Champneys Springs. It was there that I started teaching studio classes.

I trained with the Pilates Institute in Fundamental Matwork, Pilates on the Ball and Back Care, but have also trained with STOTT Pilates to include Flexibands which add variety and support to some of my classes.

After having my 2 children I decided to continue teaching as a freelance instructor and have been specialising in Pilates for 12 years now. My classes are kept small and run in 4-7 week blocks to allow for individual attention and progression, which I believe is  fundamental to the Pilates method.

I am a keen endurance runner and triathlete and believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of Pilates to support many forms of physical activity, redress postural imbalances caused by today's lifestyle and to help avoid injury. The relaxing atmosphere and flow which I like to create in my classes, make the sessions stress releasing as well as functional.

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