Pregnancy is a special time in which your body has changing needs which
are not accounted for in a general pilates class. This is why we run special
antenatal Pilates classes for pregnant
women in the second and third trimesters. Jennifer was the first instructor
in the area to offer these classes and they have proved to be extremely
successful, with women now returning for their 2nd pregnancies. These
classes have fewer people then a general class and allow for closer attention
to be paid to each client.
Antenatal Pilates classes will help the pregnant woman to move correctly
without stressing her joints and, in emphasizing correct alignment and
good posture, is perfect for helping to cope with the increased strain
on the neck, shoulders and upper back. Strengthening exercises for the
pelvic floor and deep abdominals help to support the extra weight in her
tummy thus decreasing the strain taken by the lower back. Meanwhile gentle
toning and relaxation exercises will keep to keep her fit, healthy and
relaxed. Many of the exercises are conducted while seated on a large ball
which helps to increase balance and core stability while providing release
for the lower back.
These classes take place at the previously-named Little Pilates Studio
in East Greenwich (now Pilates & Rehab). For more information or to
book, please see the studio website: www.pilatesandrehab.com.
If you have any injuries or want something more personalised for you
than one-to-one sessions may be the
solution. Both Sue and Jennifer do offer one-to-one sessions for pregnant
women. For more information or to book, please visit the Contact
& Booking section and contact Sue for sessions in Blackheath and
Jennifer for sessions in East Greenwich or Eltham.