I thought I’d take some time to focus on the Pilates side of my blog with some news about upcoming class dates until Christmas. I’ve just created a new website, go along and have a look and let me know what you think! http://anyajoeli.wix.com/bodybalancepilates
11am Mums and babies Pilates. Tone up and stretch with baby by your side. Baby can be incorporated into exercises if necessary, and I have lots of tricks up my sleeve for calming babies while conducting the class. I’ve earned the nickname “scarf lady” for my baby-enchanting silk scarf dance…
7.15pm Pregnancy Pilates I love teaching this class. A chance to work on toning and staying supple and mobile throughout the whole of your pregnancy. But also a chance to connect to your body and your baby, prepare your mind and your body equally for the awesome journey ahead.
8.15pm Flexible Strength: For all levels from beginners to advanced. The focus of this class is to strengthen the core muscles, utilising free weights to strengthen muscles and incorporating a yoga influence to stretch the body, unfurl the spine, creating a long, strong lean silhouette and a released, relaxed mind.
7.15pm Pregnancy Pilates
8.15pm Mummies Tummies. A lovely class for new mums and not immediately postnatal, offering more than just an abdominal workout for tired mummies. Suitable for beginners or those who have experience of Pilates, we focus on gently but effectively training the abdominal muscles using the wizardry of Pilates to repair and strengthen after pregnancy, whether natural or caesarean delivery.
I focus particularly in this class on strengthening the deep abdominals to repair diastasis recti, or abdominal separation – where the two sides of the rectus muscle separate sort of like a zip is undone down the front of your belly to accommodate the growth of your baby. I have found a lot of new mums haven’t received much information about it, or are totally unaware that it can be a factor post-pregnancy. It is very important to be aware of abdominal separation and work to heal it, as it can potentially have long-term implications for back health and abdominal strength for future pregnancies. Happily, Pilates exercises can help to repair this separation effectively. We also work on the healing that Pilates can encourage in the core muscles after a caesarean birth. It is also the time for giving yourself an hour to focus purely on your wellbeing, without your little one(s) and to release any pressure and tension that might have crept into the mind and muscles over the week. I always incorporate an element of pure relaxation, to allow tired mummies some time to replenish their energies, release the mind and recharge the batteries.
Wednesdays, I teach a class at 5.30pm at the Weston Education Centre at Kings Hospital, for Kings employees. It’s a mixed level class and works towards the intermediate and advanced Pilates mat work, although all exercises are modified for individual level and experience. A lovely flowing class, offering great release at the end of the working day.
Then in my Peckham studio:
7.30pm Flexible Strength, this is a gentle and calming class that still manages to work you hard without strain. Allow the spine to lengthen, the limbs to stretch and the abdominals to strengthen, while you let go of any tension and strain in the body and mind. Suitable if you have back issues or general aches and pains and have been advised to take up Pilates to help.
If you’re interested in any of the classes above, do get in touch either by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out my Facebook page Body Balance Pilates in SE15 for more information.
Stay well and happy on this lovely sunny Saturday! I’m working on a fascinating editorial job while Daddy and Mo are out playing, but sadly it means being hermited away in the studio away from daylight. Might have to don my trainers for a run to blow away the cobwebs and grab some Vitamin D soon…