Postnatal Pilates & Restore your Core Course

At Rowan House, Jenna Sweeney, experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapist will be running courses of pilates for new mums to help them on their path to recovery in the postnatal period.

This class focuses on optimising your recovery after birth by taking you through a progressive six week course of core recruitment exercises specifically designed for targeting those key areas that can become weak, stiff or painful following birth. It focuses on regaining your pelvic floor activation and control to prevent both underactive (weak) or overactive (tight) issues causes continence or pain issues respectively. It targets your deep abdominals to reduce ‘the mummy tummy’ that can develop postnatally from the ‘abdominal gap’ (or rectus divarification) that develops during pregnancy to accommodate for your growing baby. It also focuses on regaining pelvic stability and strength, and acts as a stepping stone to return you to your pre pregnancy exercise levels in a controlled and sensible way without putting risk to you by overdoing it too quickly. The exercises progress in complexity and difficulty, gradually incorporating appropriate loading with the use of resistance bands and gentle impact. So be prepared to get a little warm!

A physiotherapist has an advantage when running a Pilates class by applying their specialist knowledge and experience of the human anatomy, musculoskeletal, neurological, and circulatory system function compared to a trained instructor.

A postgraduate trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist has extended knowledge of the physiological changes that take place during motherhood, and the effects this has upon the core musculoskeletal system. Pregnancy Pilates classes are directed towards promoting a healthy active pregnancy for both you and your baby, and prevention of common Antenatal conditions.

With Jenna’s 10 years’ experience as a Physiotherapist, she can offer you the one to one support and opportunity to ask questions, and in doing so reassure you and give you the confidence to exercise at a precious time in your life. Unlike a regular Pilates class, throughout the class there will be guidance and education on subjects such as your ideal posture, ways to relieve certain aches in pregnancy and tips for the physical strains you may experience in the postnatal period.

The class is appropriate for all new mums from six weeks after delivery, including those who have had either vaginal or caesarean section deliveries.

Non crawling babies welcome! As a new mum myself I know the difficulty of getting regular childcare or being away from your baby so I have designed the class so that babies can attend to enable you to come & exercise & get that ‘me time’ which every new mum is lacking. This class is designed for you so bring along blankets and toys to keep them comfortable and even a sling for some of the standing exercises in the class!

The snug room attached to the studio offers a quiet place for changing or feeding and a coffee and catch up after the class.

50 minutes of exercise with 10 minutes introduction & education on various postnatal topics such as scar tissue massage.

There are 6 sessions in a course, signing up for the course will secure you a place for the 6 weeks.

Booking onto the six week course will give the opportunity for Women’s Health Physiotherapist Jenna Sweeney to get to know your individual physical capabilities and needs, and adapt things as you progress through your postnatal year, in order to provide a smoother progression for you than drop in sessions may allow.

The content of every course will vary enabling ladies to attend several courses in their postnatal; recovery.

The next Postnatal & Restore your Core Course running at Rowan House on Wednesday’s 10.45am and 12 o’clock.

For the full programme of classes held at Rowan House please follow this link to our class timetable

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Health & Care Professions Council
Pelvic, Obstetric, and Gynaecology Physiotherapy Association
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists