During pregnancy your body is constantly changing and trying to adapt to a new centre of gravity. You may feel stiffer in some areas of your body, weaker in others. Your hip joints move to accommodate your growing belly, and your pelvis pivots in a way that increases the pressure on your lower back. Your breasts may start to feel heavier and, as a result, intensify the pressure on your neck. Our prenatal pilates mat classes aim to prevent, correct, and alleviate the discomforts caused by a constantly changing body.
The exercises are not only safe, but they also accommodate each stage of your pregnancy.
Prenatal yoga is one of the safest sports to do while pregnant. The benefits will leave you feeling more relaxed and improve your sleep which is especially important during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes focus on breathing and mindfulness which can help you during labor. Prenatal Pilates will improve your posture and flexibility with low or no impact muscle lengthening exercises. Pregnancy Pilates will strengthen and tone your pelvic floor muscles which can support a comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
Pregnancy Pilates has a significant role in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and the core abdominal area. These muscles are key for supporting the spine, relieving back and neck tension, and stabilizing the hips. In addition to these positive effects, a stronger core region contributes to preventing excessive pelvic floor tear during childbirth, and to a faster recovery of your belly muscles after delivery. Being able to physically and mentally relax is also important at this stage. During our classes you will learn to easily let go via focused breathing, practicing your concentration, and developing intentional control of your body.
The class is taught by Caterina who is a certified Pilates instructor with years of experience in Lisbon and London. She specialises in working with pregnant women.
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