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Classes for New and Expecting Moms
Pilates can be key in supporting a healthy pregnancy for anybody who wishes to continue once they become pregnant. And Pilates can offer a lot of support once your baby arrives. Since the center of the body is the main site of childbearing activities, it follows that Pilates can help the center to regroup once the big push has occurred.
With new babies and new moms alike, special care and attention is needed. It is important to use your body optimally during a Pilates workout — This is especially true for new moms. Each pregnancy is different, and each mother is different. Aside from our individual experiences, pregnancy, labor, birth, and caring for a new baby are all challenging labors of love. Pilates Strengthens Your Core and Supports Proper Realignment of Musculature
It is not unreasonable to expect that a new mom's abdomen will undergo a significant series of changes in the process of returning to a pre-childbearing state. The many layers of musculature must realign correctly. This takes time and it is important to be very careful with exercise so as not to inhibit the process.
Careful and correct engagement of the core muscles is key to a proper Pilates workout, so the needs of the new mother are naturally addressed by Pilates.
Reintegrating the limbs into the body is another area that Pilates addresses beautifully. While it is reasonable to assume that the legs will relate to the body differently with the tremendous amount of pressure on the pelvis and nerves connecting down the legs, it also follows that the arms will undergo a similar detachment from the body during pregnancy and therefore need to be reintegrated afterwards.
Add to that the common strains of holding and feeding, and the upper body is in need of a fair amount of TLC. The careful and correct development of a well ordered relationship between the limbs and the core of the body is integral to the Pilates workout. Indeed the key to many of the exercises is proper coordination of the limbs with respect to the core.
Again, Pilates addresses the specific needs of the new mother naturally.
Reflexology is so ideal for new moms that for many midwives it is a matter of routine for all their clients to receive regular reflexology treatments for the duration of their pregnancy. The most immediate and obvious experience one will have in receiving regular reflexology treatments is profound relaxation. From conception, through the myriad of choices, body and life changes that pregnancy brings forth, to the challenges of labor and recovery, being regularly nurtured into a state of relaxation isn't just blissful - for many it's considered essential.
The MELT Method helps keep the entire body and especially the core functioning optimally throughout the childbearing process. The simple and quick to practice treatments are easy to learn and meant to be performed at home on a regular basis. Developing a personal MELT practice during pregnancy is a great way to prepare for the post-partum recovery period.
All together, Pilates, Reflexology and MELT, beautifully and thoroughly support moms in optimizing their strength and suppleness in the childbearing year.
FYI: East Bay Pilates is a baby and toddler friendly studio.