Pregnancy Resources for Pilates Instructors

Pregnancy Resources for Pilates Instructors

I found out I was pregnant with my first child one week before I began my Pilates Teacher Training Program. After consulting with my doctor and instructor, I decided that I would continue with the program while at the same time researching the effects of Pilates during pregnancy. I learned all about diastasis recti (it can’t be prevented, but it can be minimized), kegals and splinting. Some Pilates Instructors treated me like a porcelain doll, too fragile to be moved, and others adjusted my lessons so that we did every possible variety of arm and leg exercises possible without abdominal engagement. Three and a half years later, there are many more resources available for both instructors and pregnant woman. Jennifer Gianni,... Continue ...

Posted on December 30, 2010 By

Pilates during Pregnancy

Pilates during Pregnancy

One question I get asked all the time by women who are pregnant is: “Is Pilates safe to do?” And my response is: “If you’re doing it correctly and there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t be exercising, then Pilates is probably one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise you could possibly do while you’re pregnant.” Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy. Pilates exercises are purposefully designed, to: re-align your posture tighten your tummy muscles strengthen your pelvic floor diminish back ache challenge your balance tone your arms, legs and bum keep your cortisol (stress hormones) levels in check eliminate sciatica help reduce water retention produce results ease... Continue ...

Posted on January 27, 2009 By

Tracey Mallett’s 3 in 1 Pregnancy System DVD

Tracey Mallett’s 3 in 1 Pregnancy System DVD

Tracey Mallett’s 3 in 1 Pregnancy System DVD is a nice combination of Pilates, Yoga, Sculpting and Stretching. It is a pleasant video to watch because of the mood, music and Tracey’s personality. She is in her third trimester and seems to be feeling great. She gives great modifications for the exercises while her partner does the exercises without the modifications. She makes great use of props including pillows, towels, a chair and weights. The program is very balanced and is divided into four sections with Upper Body, Core Conditioning, Lower Body and Stretching. Compared to other DVD’s, this program is different combining disciplines that are essential to feeling good regardless of if you are pregnant.... Continue ...

Posted on February 14, 2008 By