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Pilates: A Path to Postnatal Strength and Functional Wellness – with Lauren Wolfe

Pilates: A Path to Postnatal Strength and Functional Wellness – with Lauren Wolfe

Pilates stands as a holistic approach towards postnatal recovery, aiding mothers in regaining strength, enhancing pelvic floor health, and restoring function. As a physiotherapist specialising in pelvic health, I’m dedicated to supporting mothers through their postpartum journey. Whether you’re seeking personalised 1:1 support or looking to join a tailored postnatal Pilates class, my expertise ensure a safe and effective approach to your post-pregnancy wellness. I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my NEW postnatal Pilates class starting January 12th, 2024!


Why Pilates For Postnatal Exercise

The postnatal period marks a significant phase in a woman’s life — a time of joy, adjustments, and a focus on caring for your newborn. Amidst these moments, mothers also need to prioritise their own health and recovery. Pilates, with its gentle yet effective exercises, can help mothers seeking to rebuild strength, enhance their pelvic floor health, and restore their function post-childbirth.

Strengthening Your Core

Pilates is a formidable tool for postnatal recovery by targeting the core muscles. Pregnancy causes significant changes in the musculoskeletal system, with altered balance around the spine, hips, pelvis and core. Pilates exercises help re-engage and strengthen these ‘core’ muscles, leading to improvements in posture, control, coordination, balance, flexibility and stability. The controlled movements in Pilates aid in rebuilding abdominal strength by gradually toning and strengthening the muscles that have undergone significant lengthening and load during pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Restoration

The pelvic floor undergoes considerable stress during pregnancy and childbirth. Pilates emphasises exercises that engage and strengthen these muscles, aiding in the restoration of pelvic floor health. These exercises not only help in regaining control but also assist in preventing or alleviating issues related to urinary incontinence and pelvic floor weakness — a common concern among postpartum women.

Function Regained

Beyond physical strength, Pilates contributes to the overall functional wellness of new mothers. By focusing on controlled movements and targeted exercises, Pilates aids in enhancing flexibility, balance, and posture — key elements often compromised during pregnancy and childbirth as well as motherhood. These improvements not only assist in daily activities but also aid in the process of returning to pre-pregnancy routines.

A Tailored Approach

One of the most significant advantages of Pilates is its adaptability. As a certified Pilates instructor and Physiotherapist, I can tailor exercises to suit the individual needs and limitations of postnatal women. These modifications ensure a safe and progressive approach towards rebuilding strength and function without overstressing the body.

Embracing Pilates for Postnatal Wellness

For mothers looking to embark on their postnatal Pilates journey, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional before starting any exercise regime, ensuring it aligns with your recovery process. Joining postnatal Pilates classes or seeking guidance from certified instructors specialising in postnatal exercises can be an excellent way to start this journey towards postpartum wellness but should always be considered at least 6 weeks postpartum and after having a thorough postnatal assessment ideally with a specialist pelvic health Physiotherapist.

The New Mat Pilates Classes at LETO

These classes are structured in 6-week courses to ensure gradual progression over the weeks, allowing for a focused and effective journey towards postnatal wellness. Please note that class numbers are limited to maintain an optimal learning environment and individual attention.

This class is specifically designed to cater to the needs of postnatal women, focusing on rebuilding strength, addressing pelvic floor concerns, and aiding in the restoration of functional abilities. Join me on this empowering journey towards postnatal health and vitality.

To reserve your spot in the upcoming postnatal Pilates classes, or if you have any questions, please do get in touch. Together, let’s pave the way to a stronger, healthier post-pregnancy you!

Lauren Wolfe – MSK and pelvic health physiotherapist, LETO