Pilates offers one of the best ways to help your body recover from your pregnancy and get back into shape after having your baby. My specialist programme is designed specifically for new mums – focusing on rehabilitation and recovery, as well as realigning the body and posture, and also toning your whole body back into shape – banish that jelly belly!!
Benefits of Postnatal Pilates
Here are some of the wonderful benefits of postnatal Pilates:
- Recover strength and stability in the body
- Rehabilite and realign your body
- Tackle the “mum tum” and get back in shape
- Provide invaluable “me time” to relax and recharge your batteries
Pilates also supports your rehabilitation from conditions such as the following:
- Diastasis Recti* (separated abdominals) - see below for more information
- Pelvic Floor Weakness
- Pelvic Instability or pain - SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) or SIJ (Sacro-Iliac Joint Dysfunction)
- Back pain
*What is the CENTER METHOD FOR DIASTASTIS RECTI RECOVERY™?
Diastasis recti is a separation of the rectus abdominus (your six pack!) muscles - the split occurs at the linea alba, the mid-line collagen structures of connective tissue at the front of the abdomen. So if you still look pregnant months after giving birth or have developed unsightly crinkly skin, doming or sinking of the abdominals when coming up from lying on your back, you are likely to have diastasis recti. As well as the asthetic appearance of the tummy, diastasis recti is associated with a weak core and pelvic floor - 66% of women with diastasis recti have some level of pelvic floor dysfuncion (Spitznagle et al 2007).
The CENTER METHOD was developed by Carolyne Anthony, founder of the Center for Women's Fitness. Carolyne is a world leader in understanding and treating this condition. Her unique method uses myofascia release techiques, manual muscle manipulation, specialist breathing techniques and a series of rehab exercises which can deliver incredible results.
To find out how to test yourself for diastasis recti, refer to my FAQs.