Pilates Plus was established in 2010, bringing you Pilates designed and instructed by qualified physiotherapists. Tess and Laura are the co-founders of Pilates Plus. Since 2009 the team has grown since then, and they are now a team of 10. They all share a passion for Pilates and are qualified physiotherapists and Pilates instructors.
Why Antenatal Yoga?
During pregnancy there are so many changes going on in our bodies and the benefits of participating in antenatal yoga are well documented, both physically and mentally. The benefits include: improved posture, flexibility and strength as well as controlled muscle relaxation releasing tension in the body and improved sleeping patterns. Yoga also allows us some one-to-one time with our babies, allowing us to connect emotionally and mentally through relaxation and breath awareness exercises.
Is Antenatal Yoga for me?
Midwives and doctors happily recommend yoga as a gentle form of exercise during pregnancy, although it is always worth checking with your health professional before starting. The classes are carefully designed to provide you with an environment in which you can feel secure, comfortable and calm, and a space where you can connect with your body and your baby. But as well as the mental aspect, our classes will also make you feel that you can go home having exercised, maintaining your strength and flexibility, while exploring various breathing and movement exercises that become useful during labour, to keep you active and moving. The exercises will be adapted to your stage of pregnancy, allowing you to exercise safely throughout your pregnancy. We can also adapt exercises for pre-existing complaints/conditions. It is advisable to start the classes as soon as you can – 1st trimester into beginning of 2nd trimester.
What can I expect?
The classes are well balanced 75 min class in which you will have time to settle in and meet other mums. The class will then start with breath awareness and Pranayama (breathing exercises), followed by Asanas (both standing and seated poses) and we will finish with a well deserved relaxation that can hopefully send you home feeling relaxed and replenished, ready for a good night’s sleep! A basic level of fitness is helpful but not essential. The class follows an 8-week programme.
What should I bring?
Please provide your own mat and we request you bring two cushions from home to assist with supine work (from 12 weeks+ of your pregnancy). Dress as you would for a fitness class, we do the class in bare feet or socks. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated! Please note on your first class, your instructor will as you a few general questions about your well-being and pregnancy to date. Prior to entering the class you will be asked to fill in a medical screening form (this is standard procedure for all participants).
8 Week Block (8 week validity): £80
Please see https://www.pilatesplusphysio.co.uk/pilates to book now.