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What is Pfilates/Women’s Health
And What Can It Do For me?
As a qualified Pilates Instructor with the Appi, I offer several classes and 1 to 1 sessions specifically for women’s health.
As women, we believe it is normal to have those “oops moments” well it’s not!
I trained with Dr Bruce Crawford, an American, Board Certified Urogynecologist. He developed the Pfilates method through rigorous scientific testing and shown that pelvic floor issues are a fitness problem, not a medical problem.
The PFilates Pelvic Floor Performance Training program is a synthesis of Pilates, plyometrics, and traditional “Kegels.” These methods have been scientifically tested to determine which exercises are most likely to give you the best success at strengthening your pelvic floor muscles.
The PFilates system is a proven method for developing pelvic floor strength. Clinical data collected over 10 years showed, that after four weeks of doing PFilates exercises, patients had a 33% improvement in pelvic floor strength and a 74% overall improvement in bladder symptoms. Yes, that’s right, those are the average results after just FOUR WEEKS of participation!
Dr Crawford found 10 exercises that have been proven to improve pelvic floor strength. I help you find 2 exercises from these 10 to perform 5 minutes twice a day. What an improvement over the traditional kegel holds!
With the support of a group environment and access to a dedicated private Facebook group, we need not be embarrassed to discuss leakage or having to rush to the loo.
Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Pilates classes
Exercise during pregnancy and postnatal is important. Women often feel nervous and unsure when and what type of exercise is safe. NHS guidelines recommend you stay active, and keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, walking, running, pilates/ yoga,) for as long as you feel comfortable.
The more active you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth.
Research has also found moderate exercise can reduce risks of pre-term labour, and can even shorten labour. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby – there is even some evidence to suggest, active women, are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour. However, if you were not active before pregnancy, you need to take more care when introducing exercise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start.
I offer either, a 1 to 1 session, and when available group sessions.