Mum & Baby Strengthen & Stretch
Pilates exercises and Yoga-based stretches for Mums: regain core strength and release tight muscles.
Babies join in when possible and get a little bit of Baby Yoga too!
How soon can I start this class?
This class is suitable from 8 weeks post birth and ideal for babies from 12 weeks. They are welcome at 8 weeks but may sleep or feed through the class. This is fine by me but can sometimes be a bit frustrating for Mum.
My baby is very unsettled, should I come?
I am very used to unsettled babies and am very happy to have them in the class; it can be stressful for Mum though. Both venues have side rooms you could escape too if you need a break from the class. I try to keep the class very flexible so that there are options to move around, sing a song, do some Baby Massage or Baby Yoga if I feel that will help a baby to enjoy the class.
What happens in the class?
We begin with a very short names and ages intro round and a simple Mum question (like, what's your fave place to take your baby - apart from BellyTots, of course ; ) ) and then do some simple relaxation for Mums to relax tight shoulders from all that feeding and cuddling! We then move into a warm up before our main Pilates core strengthening exercises and Yoga-based stretches. I weave in some Baby Massage and Baby Yoga.
We finish by using the parachute and songs to distract the babies while we stretch out in a closing phase. Then there's the all important chat for 15 minutes (over squash and biscuits for the in-person class).
What facilities do you have on site?
Fully equipped kitchen, nappy changing, toilets, car park