Sorry, I'm currently on maternity leave!
I am currently on maternity leave. My Mummy and Baby postnatal class will return in September 2020. If you are super organised and the timings work for you, feel free to add your name to the waiting list- classes can get booked up quite quickly.
How about trying:
Liz Knowles has a lovely class on Mondays in Shawford, 2:30pm Please email Liz on if there are no available sessions when you go to book online- you may be able to join mid-block if there is space. I'd also highly recommend her Mummy MOT to give you a really good assessment and understanding of your new Postnatal Body with a focus on tummy separation, pelvic floor and general aches and niggles.
Octavia Hamilton, Thursdays, 10-11am at Synthesis Clinic King Somborne. Find Octavia on Facebook or contact her on 07590 541002
Finally, its not Pilates, but its movement and it's so lovely, Gemma Nash from Blossom Yogas class on Wednesday mornings, 11-12:15pm Trinity Church Hall
Your bundle of fun has arrived!
I hope it's all going well so far - I'll not ask too many questions about the sleep situation just yet! Needless to say, if it's not going your way, it will get better.
Whether you're a first time Mum, or a pro juggling one, two, perhaps even multiples more, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. It's easy, debatably natural, to forget about looking after ourselves when we're so busy looking after everyone else - changing nappies, washing endless clothes, pounding the pavements and all the many other plate spinning activities that family life seems to throw at us.
I hope that this class can offer you great support during these early days; physical strength and guidance to help you with your growing baby and their entourage of well - stuff, emotional support and reassurance from other Mums currently in the similar situations and finally, mindful awareness - tuning into your postnatal body, it's habits, how it moves and what we may need to tweak for the long term benefit.
This is a fun, sociable and extremely practical class to and share with your (pre crawling) baby...
Pack a blanket and their toys and don't worry if they're not on their best behaviour! A baby friendly sing song, bickie and a cuppa will be provided at the end...
So how can Postnatal Pilates help?
Pilates is a very safe, gentle and highly effective exercise which helps to deeply strengthen, stabilise and ultimately move your after-baby-body with greater ease.
We'll work on exercises to re-build your core, support your pelvic floor and adapt to the challenges which your body now faces - pram posture, rounded shoulders/upper back from feeding, text neck from midnight Mummy group watsap chats, not to mention bending over cots and twisting in and out of car seats.
We'll work at your pace and I'll take into account the type of birth you've had, as well as any ongoing issues which you now face. We can check to see how separated your tummy muscles are using a 'diastasic recti test' - we want to avoid any form of doming so the tummy doesn't protrude forward further. Being mindful of these sorts of movements, will really help you in these early days - how you can get out of bed without putting too big a strain on your abdomen, how you can get out of a comfy sofa. You may be surprised that you don't have to do curl ups (a bit like crunches) to really feel your tummy muscles working (safely)!
In the meantime, can I remind you about your Pelvic Floor Exercises. Have you been doing them? These can be started within 24 hours after birth (with Midwife clearance). For best results, try to do 6 sets of 10 second holds 10 times a day (that's only 10 mins a day). Perhaps you can set an alarm clock as a reminder, or you could practice when you wake up/when you are feeding/when you are making a cuppa.... mix it up and really do try not to forget about it. You'll thank me for it when your baby becomes big enough to want you to bounce on the trampoline with them!
Space permitting, you are welcome to make one session swap between classes, and if needed can also take one holiday per block (with 24 hour notice for both please). The class taken as 'holiday' can either be confirmed prior to booking with payment for the block adjusted, or it can be refunded nearer the time.