Postnatal Pilates

Post-natal Pilates refers to Pilates conditioning that is tailored to women who have given birth and want to start exercising again.  There are many benefits from doing post-natal Pilates which can include:

  • Encouraging weight loss
  • Improving tone and strength of pelvic floor muscles
  • Enhancing energy levels
  • Strengthening back and abdominal muscles
  • Relieving stress
  • Aiding recovery from possible abdominal separation

It is important to consult a doctor before starting a program of Pilates.   The rate of recovery can differ among women.  A caesarean birth or complications from a difficult birth for example will mean a slower recovery time.  Women should begin with easier Pilates moves and gradually over time do more difficult or intense exercises.

The basic principles of Pilates are still adhered to:  focus to the center of the body, full attention to each movement, complete control of each move, full breath, precision of each movement, and flow from the core of the body.    Exercises are geared to help realign the spine, reactivate the perineum and strengthen the pelvic floor, the abdomen and the back so that women can begin to regain their body shape and drop the baby weight.   In addition, classes can be valuable for socialization and parenting resources.

Postnatal Pilates classes are offered in a number of yoga and Pilates studios.  There may also be sessions held at municipal recreation centers or facilities such as the YM/YWCA.  A local integrated health center providing services in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy offers pre and post natal Pilates classes.

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