Pregnancy Relax, Stretch and Breathe
Pilates with Yoga-based Stretches & breathing techniques
How often should I attend?
As many times as you can up to the birth of your baby for
maximum benefit from the class.
Do I need experience?
Not at all. Absolute beginners welcome, the class is also
suitable for intermediate level. Advanced Pilates and Yoga
enthusiasts may want to continue to attend their regular class
as well, to be challenged enough; but will benefit from all the
pregnancy, birth and mothering preparation in this class.
Experienced Yoga enthusiasts may miss a focus on yoga
philosophy, as the focus of the class is very much on birth
What should I bring and wear?
Comfy, stretchy clothes are a must. Please bring a mat,
blanket/throw and cushion/pillow. These are to keep you comfy in class. Please also bring water. I provide individually wrapped biscuits if you need a snack!
What's the format of the class?
Peaceful environment with lower lighting
Short 10min discussion on mothering or birthing
45mins of strengthening, relaxing postures & exercises with gentle background music
5 minutes of practising breathing, positions & visualisations for birth (very simple, comfortable, easy to follow and no need to make any sounds)
10 - 15 minute deep relaxation
Linger for a quick chat with others if you can
Once a month, we make time for a cuppa too!
What are the benefits to me and my baby?
Benefits for Mum:
Strengthen the body and maintain or improve flexibility ready for birth and mothering
Learn how to apply breathing techniques to a range of situations (sleeplessness; early, established and advanced labour; C-birth; stress; early parenting; after-pains)
Become familiar and comfortable with a range of positions to ease pregnancy discomforts and speed up labour.
Develop the ability to release muscle tension consciously to decrease discomfort during labour and birth
Decrease mild to moderate anxiety and depression (studies show that this type of exercise can be as helpful as drugs in relieving symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and depression)
Bond with baby is nurtured and supported
Benefits to Baby:
Support optimal brain development for the baby through enabling Mum to have times of relaxation
Babies are able to sense change in the mother's mood so hopefully they enjoy the class as the relaxation hormones and chemicals start to flow