Pregnancy Relax, Stretch and Breathe
Pilates with Yoga-based Stretches & breathing techniques
Every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) 7.30 - 9pm
First class free.
Then £8.50 per class for 6 classes (£51) - 8 weeks to use the 6 classes
or £10 per class pay as you go (discounts if block booking with less than
6/8 weeks til birth).
South Ruislip Christian Fellowship Building
Parking free and available on the forecourt, driveway, marked bays on the road and in the
business spaces behind the flats opposite the church.
How often should I attend?
As many times as you can up to the birth of your baby for maximum benefit from the
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 preparation.
What should I bring and wear?
Comfy, stretchy clothes are a must. If you can bring an exercise mat, blanket/throw
and cushion, that would be great but I have spares in class. I supply water and snacks
but you may prefer to bring your own.
What's the format of the class?
Peaceful environment with lower lighting
Short 10 minute discussion on an aspect of mothering or birthing
1h 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)
15 minute deep relaxation at the end to assist sleep that night, carve out time to effectively rest, oxygenate the body and focus on connection with your baby
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