• February 6, 2019


Pilates for Pregnancy at Health Balance

Pregnancy and childbirth have a significant impact on a woman’s body, both physically and physiologically. During pregnancy, every system of your body is affected, including respiratory, circulatory/cardiac, hormonal, biomechanical and musculoskeletal. This can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling, postural changes and issues such as back pain, pelvic joint pain, carpel tunnel, urinary incontinence and rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles). These issues can lead to muscular imbalances and tension, especially with the added weight of pregnancy.

It is well known that training the pelvic floor muscles is a key part of any pre-natal and post-natal exercise program, however how you perform the pelvic floor contractions is important. The quality of pelvic muscle contraction benefits most from face to face learning with a women’s health professional such as an Exercise Physiologist.

Our Exercise Physiologist, Kendl, has completed Pregnancy in Motion & Active Pelvic Floor training to ensure you receive the most evidence based, up to date information and exercise prescription throughout your pregnancy journey. Make an appointment today if you would like advice with:

  • Improve your pelvic floor activation and function
  • Abdominal and pelvic muscles
  • Back care
  • Care for your changing body
  • Would like help in establishing a pelvic muscle program

Benefits of a gentle and adapted pilates program:

  • Learn Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • General feeling of wellbeing
  • Pelvic floor toning & maintenance of pelvic floor strength/endurance
  • Prevention and management of common issues such as low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and sciatica 
  • Strengthening and controlled stretching of legs in preparation for birthing process 
  • Strengthening of upper body in preparation for feeding and lifting baby
  • Promote good posture throughout each stage of pregnancy
  • Awareness of accurate body mechanics while exercising and adjusting to a changing body
  • Education on early post-partum exercises

Prior to commencing a supervised exercise program, you should seek medical clearance from your GP if you experience any of the following:

  • High blood pressure or fluid retention
  • Anaemia or iron deficiency
  • Palpitations
  • Heart mumors
  • Gestational diabetes

Pregnancy Pilates Classes:

Pilates classes are available for 1:1 sessions or duo classes (maximum of 2 participants).

Small group sizes are important at Health Balance. You will receive close instruction, supervision and feedback, as well as modifications to increase or decrease the workload, specific to your needs. You will also be given tips for maintaining your physical health in pregnancy and following birth.

All group participants must complete a minimum of 2 private sessions with our Exercise Physiologist prior to joining a duo class, to ensure you are exercising safely and correctly.

Once you are familiar with basic activation exercises, you will be taken through a range of suitable exercises utilising the cadillac, reformer, pilates chair and other small probs such as elastic tubing and fit balls. 

Bookings are essential and sessions are claimable through some private health providers.

Book in an appointment with Kendl by calling 5221 5751, or book in online via our website.

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