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Mums and Tums Pilates
with Josie Lucas
At St.Aiden's Community Centre (not the church community room), Princess Rd, Brunton Park, Gosforth, NE3 5TT.
At The Nest, 417/419 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN
All classes run as courses which must be booked in advance
These classes are suitable from week 16 of pregnancy to term, provided there are no complications. The exercises used are all based on the traditional Pilates matwork, but are adapted to be suitable and relevant for pregnant women.
No previous Pilates experience is required.
The Pilates technique was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), who with his wife Clara dedicated a lifetime to developing what he then called Contrology. He studied many physical disciplines including yoga, martial arts and gymnastics on his journey to develop his technique. There are now many Pilates Associations worldwide, with Body Control Pilates being one of the leaders.
The Body Control Pilates Method uses a building block approach to progress clients so that even very demanding exercises can be prepared for at any level to some degree. This also means that everyone can progress at their own rate. The technique was always intended to be adapted to suit the client where necessary, and this lends itself perfectly to working with pregnant and post-natal women.
Pilates works on alignment, muscle balance, core support, breath control, and sound bio-mechanics and this is all the more important during pregnancy. Hormonal changes cause joints to become less stable and muscles to have to work a little harder to support the body and the extra weight. Learning good alignment and strengthening exercises can help this. In particular the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles are under strain. Keeping them strong during pregnancy can aid labour and post-natal recovery.
Need more info?
Please email Josie or phone her on 07736 928277 with any queries or to book on a course.
For general information you can contact NPBC by email or 07812 950868.