Can I do Pilates if I’m pregnant?
Yes. My Beautiful Bumps Pilates Class is designed specifically for pregnant women and all exercises in this class are safe for you and your baby. Pilates is a gentle, yet powerful way to stay fit and active during pregnancy and can even help prepare your body for giving birth. Find out more on my Beautiful Bumps Class page.
How soon after giving birth can I do Pilates?
You and your body both need to rest after giving birth, but after six weeks following a normal vaginal birth, new mums and their little ones are welcome at my Bring Your Baby Class. If you have had a caesarian section you may need to wait a little longer before you attend a class. Please contact me to discuss any queries.
What do I need to bring to class?
A pair of socks.
A bottle of water if you wish.
Your baby bag if you’re attending Bring your Baby class.
Do I need to bring an exercise mat?
Yes please provide your own mat for foot hygiene reasons.
All other equipment such as pads, support blocks, theraband, spiky balls, small balls and gym balls are all provided and are latex free.
How long are your classes?
All classes run for one hour (60 mins). They include a 10-15 minutes warm up followed by 30-35 minutes exercise and finish with a 10-15 minutes cool down which includes relaxation during my Pregnancy classes. Please arrive promptly to your class as missing the warm up could mean you cause yourself an injury.
Can I pay on the day/night?
All classes need to be pre booked but can be paid for in cash on the night or by bank transfer before, during or after the class.
You can pre-book and pay for classes in blocks of six at a discounted rate or you can pay as you go but you will still need to pre book before attending each class.
Classes are small to allow efficient teaching to each person, therefore the booking system is in place via my website.
I’ve pre-paid and booked but am unable to attend due to being unwell/other circumstances. Can I reschedule?
Yes you are welcome to reschedule your class with 24 hours notice to allow another person to take your place. If the class you are attending is fully booked with a waiting list and you don’t let me know you can not attend you will be charged for your class.
To reschedule your class, please go into Your Bookings and use the amendment options that are available.
Do I need a 1:1 assessment before attending the classes?
The 1:1 assessment is a vital first step before starting Pilates classes if you have any aches/pains/medical history concerns that need addressing/looked at before commencing classes.
A 1:1 assessment enables me to get an in-depth medical history from you and ask you some special questions relating to your pregnancy and/or birth or medical condition(s).
I will assess and teach you how to find your centre, identify your core stability muscles and switch them on, helping you to build the muscles endurance before starting classes.
If you are post-natal I can also assess your tummy muscles for any separation and advise/treat you accordingly. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
For more information please visit my 1:1 Assessment page.
How do I pay for classes or my 1:1?
You can pay for your classes or 1:1 in person by cash or you can pay by bank transfer. Details for paying by bank transfer will be sent with your confirmation email when you book onto a class.
Is it ok to attend Pilates with a bad back?
This depends on whether your injury is new or old and how severe your symptoms are.
If you suffer with back ache, stiffness or the odd niggle then Pilates can really help you alleviate your symptoms.
If you have severe pain which affects your function or any kind of leg pain, pins & needles or numbness you will need a 1:1 consultation to assess your suitability and safety for class.
Is Pilates safe following gynaecology surgery?
If you are more than 12 weeks post surgery and your symptoms are resolving,a gentle Pilates class is very safe for you to attend like my Monday or Thursday morning Pilates for Beginners class.
I can’t find my core stability muscles at all?
This is a common problem for a lot of people particularly post injury or post birth. Normally we encourage your to set your centre in a rest position which is lying down, feet flat on the floor with your knees bent. Try finding them, switching them on or engaging them in a seated position.
I am pregnant and suffering with low tummy pain, what should I do?
This is common at around 20 weeks of gestation when you have a surge of the hormone relaxin in your body. If you can recruit and engage your lower tummy and pelvic floor muscles regularly throughout the day during functional activities like sit to stand, this can help reduce your pain and symptoms significantly. Strengthening your core stability muscles is much more effective than wearing a maternity belt to fix the problem as the belt only works for short periods whilst you’re wearing it. A belt will also switch off your natural core muscles that work to help reduce lower tummy pain by supporting and stabilising your spine on your pelvis.
I’m not sure how to work my pelvic floor muscles?
Pelvic floor muscles attach from your pubis bone to your tailbone and either side of your sit bones. They form a sling underneath your pelvis and help control the outlay of your bladder and bowel functions.
There are two types of muscle fibres; fast twitch and slow twitch which you should aim to strengthen by doing x10 fast squeezes and x10 slow 10secs squeezes, three times a day. As these muscles are postural muscles they can take three – six months to strengthen as you build up the muscles endurance.
It is never to late in life to start working your pelvic floor muscles!
How to book a mat using the online booking system.
Here is a short video tutorial walking you through how to book online and reserve your mat at my Pilates classes tailored to your needs.
How to reset my password if I forget it.
Click on “login/register” in the top left hand corner
You will then come to this page.
Along the line that says “sign in”, “register” there is then the option “forgot password”
Click on here and it will allow you to reset it.