One of a pregnant woman's biggest concerns is "can I get back the body I had before I was pregnant?" Of course you can! Not only can you get back the body you had before , but you can improve it. The solution is Pilates. A new mom's primary concern is toning up that newly babyless belly. Pilates strengthens and flattens the deep lower abdominal wall that is so hard for postpartum women to tone after delivery. Every exercise in the Pilates routine requires you to keep your naval to your spine so the tummy is ALWAYS getting a workout.
Pilates also helps address pelvic floor weakness, which causes many new moms to leak urine both during and after pregnancy. Pilates, which focuses on strengthening and toning the weak muscles, can give a new mom time to take care of herself and her recovery by exercising, which also improves sleep and minimizes depression; addresses postural issues, which many have developed through pregnancy; and prepares her for lifting and carrying her newborn.
Pilates may also help moms who experienced birth complications recover more quickly. The breathing technique used in Pilates, helps increase the amount of oxygen your lungs take on each breath. Increased oxygen and blood flow aid in the healing process. For most moms, beginning Pilates 4 to 6 weeks after delivery is a reasonable time frame. For those who have had a cesarean section – 6 weeks is more appropriate.
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