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Your pilates instructor should have a physio background,
and here’s why

Pilates is one of the best ways to become toned all over, as it is based on strengthening the core and abdominal muscles; improving general fitness and wellbeing. It is therefore a very popular choice to get back into shape after a pregnancy. The approach is gentle and the main focus is on the area of the body you are most likely to put on weight.

It consists in strengthening your body’s deep muscles performing gentle and particular movements associated with deep breathing exercises.

Any postnatal exercises or fitness activities should come with a bit of a warning though.

Most Pilates or yoga classes use generic methods and do not take into consideration any specific muscle weakness or medical issues one might have.

For example, any exercises done incorrectly resulting in pushing the belly out, such as crunches, will worsen any diastasis and abdominal issues. If the instructor cannot tell if the exercise is done incorrectly or if there are prior medical issues, the problems will only get worse and you won’t see any results.

For back, lower back and neck problems, the same issues arise. If you engage your core muscles incorrectly, you will do more damage than good. You need to have a trained and experienced instructor who will be able not only to assess any issues prior to starting any training but also correct posture along the way.

Postnatal Pilates is specific to the type of pregnancy and birth you had. You need a thorough assessment to be able to understand any post pregnancy related issues and muscles weaknesses. Pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are the most affected after a pregnancy and those muscles are more complex to work with than most people realise.

This is why our certified instructor is also a physiotherapist, she performs a complete personalised body assessment before starting the first class and knows exactly which exercises to perform or not. During the one to one session, the physiotherapist will ensure you do the right movements and help you in the right position, at any time. So you progress much faster and achieve results without any risks to your body.

Our Postnatal Pilates instructor modifies any exercises putting harmful pressure on the pelvic floor and abdominals muscles, thus avoiding future incontinence or worsening a diastasis.

Pilates for patients with chronic back pain will focus on strengthening the core muscles but avoiding certain types of exercises, which could possibly make issues worse in the long term.

Starting Pilates is easy: all you need is comfortable clothing, a mat and enough space on the floor to lie down. Pilates is for people of any ages and all fitness levels.

You can expect great results without owning many accessories or high-tech equipment.

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Article by Marion Cottin Physiotherapist a certified Pilates instructor for women at Mummy’s Physio.

0207 125 0262

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Marion Cottin (Physiotherapist at Mummy's Physio)

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