Group Pilates Classes
When: Wednesdays at 7.30pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Dates: 9, 16, 23, 30 Sep & 7, 14, 21 Oct 2020
Where: Currently running classes virtually via a video-conferencing tool called Zoom due to the Corona virus
Normal venue: The Pilates Workshop, Energy House, 22-24 Grove Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1PX
What To Expect From Your Pilates Classes…
This is a half term course of Pilates AND hypnobirthing classes designed to support you through your pregnancy, prepare you for a positive birth experience, build up your strength for life as a mum and ensure a smooth postnatal recovery.
The course includes a half term block of 90 minute Pilates classes, online interviews with expert guest speakers, a joining gift of a pack of 30 positive affirmation cards, access to an exclusive online members area with our favourite pregnancy exercises to practice at home, 6 hypnobirthing MP3 audio tracks to listen to and access to a supportive closed facebook group.
We focus on gentle releases to alleviate pregnancy tension caused by your ever-changing body shape, maintaining a balanced posture and optimal alignment and reducing the stresses and strains caused by your growing foetus and bump. This will help you prevent back pain and tension building up in the body. We want you to ward off SPD or pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or if you already have these pregnancy related conditions learn how to manage them (and ideally rehabilitate them).
Gentle restorative movement will help you connect with your baby and pregnant body. There is a deep focus on breathe work and connecting with your pelvic floor and deep abdominals and learning how to both strengthen and release them.
We focus on optimal foetal positioning and preparing your body for child birth. This will aide you with your birth preparation and enable a positive birth experience.
We will practice hypnosis for birth to help you unwind, relax and place you in a positive mindset no matter what your birth preferences might be. You will be provided with 6 hypnobirthing MP3 audio tracks to prepare you for birth, help you to relax, alleviate stress and anxiety.
I believe strongly in preparing mums for the postnatal period so we will talk about what you can do to support your postnatal recovery. We also incorporate functional exercise to strengthen and tone the body as being a mum is hard work.
You will have time to chat about your pregnancy experiences and best of all meet other mums/mums to be.
I will provide online interviews from a few very trusted guest speakers to share their knowledge and help you have your best pregnancy possible. The interviewees include:
Claire McKenna, Osteopath
Sandra Greenbank, Nutritionist
Tricia King, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Postnatal Doula and Holistic Sleep Coach
Erica Lewis, Women’s Health Physiotherapist
Helen Thomas, Acupuncturist
You will get access to a closed Facebook group where you can talk to other mums/mums to be and ask questions.
And as if this isn’t enough you get access to an exclusive online members area with our favourite pregnancy exercises to practice at home,
This is the course I wish I had when I was pregnant.
NOTE: Due to the Corona virus all classes are being taught virtually using a video conferencing tool called zoom. As well as the virtual class you have exercise content in your online course material. The price is also reduced slightly to reflect the lack of face to face contact.
Your Pilates Sessions
Sign up to this 7 week course.
Join The Waiting List
Our classes are open to 10 people per course to ensure you get lots of individual attention. Therefore, if you weren’t able to secure your space this half-term, please join our waiting list to be notified of any future availability.
Move & Bloom Online
You can also purchase an online version of this course if attending the classes isn’t going to work for you or the class is full.
You can also purchase an equipment bundle in our Zing Wellness Shop so you can practice your exercises at home for a discounted rate of £30.
When can I start pregnancy Pilates classes? You can start classes from 14 weeks depending on how you are feeling.
Can anyone do your pregnancy Pilates class? There are some pregnancy conditions that will require medical consent for you to exercise and a few that mean that you should not participate in exercise. I will send you a health screening form to complete and this must be completed before the course starts.
How many spaces are there in the pregnancy Pilates class? There will be 8 places in the class to ensure you get lots of individual attention.
How often does the course of Pilates classes run? The course runs in half term blocks and runs in term time only.
What do I need to bring? Please bring some water and wear comfortable clothing including socks.
I am a specialist pilates teacher with deep knowledge and experience of working with the pregnant and postnatal population. I did my initial training with Rachel Rafiefar and completed her Thoughtful Body Pregnancy and Postnatal Postgraduate Assessment in June 2015.
Realising that this was an area I was truly passionate about and wanted to specialise in, I went on Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Pre and Postnatal training. Still thirsty for more knowledge I have recently started Advanced CPD in Modern Pregnancy Functional Exercise & Birth Preparation Programming with Burrell Education, the leading Women’s Wellness, Fitness & Therapy Educator. Most importantly, I have been through three pregnancies and births and, due to congenital hip disorder, I really struggled through my first two pregnancies ending up spending the third trimester on crutches. I really do understand the toll pregnancy can have on your body both emotionally and physically. My Pilates studies and personal experience really helped me through my pregnancies and births resulting in a really wonderful pregnancy and home birth third time round. I am passionate about supporting women through their pregnancies and helping them to have the birth experience they want whilst being fit, relaxed and pain free throughout pregnancy and strong for life as a mum.
I have experience and many successes supporting pregnant mums with a range of pregnancy conditions such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP) including pubic pain which was previously called symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), sciatica, sacro-iliac pain, pelvic floor weakness, back and neck tension, piriformis pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, oedema, hypermobility, headaches, pregnancy related insomnia, stress and anxiety.
Manage your ever-changing body shape
Maintain a balanced posture and optimal alignment
Release postural tension & learn techniques to improve your posture and alignment
Ward off Pelvic Girdle Pain or SPD or manage the symptoms caused by these conditions
Reduce the stresses and strains caused by your growing foetus and bump
Move your body
Increase your energy levels
Have the healthiest and most positive pregnancy possible
Practice relaxation techniques
Connect with your pelvic floor / deep abdominals and learn how to both strengthen and release/relax them Learn mindful breathing
Learn mindful breathing
Prepare for your birth & aide a positive birth experience
Learn exercises to encourage optimal foetal positioning
Prepare you for a smooth postnatal recovery
Strengthen the body in readiness for motherhood
Eliminate urinary incontinence and those whoops movements when you cough, sneeze, run or jump
Learn how to integrate Pilates into your everyday movement patterns
Widen your pre and postnatal support network by meeting a range of trusted experts
Have some time to focus on you
Destress, meet other mums & have an opportunity to talk
Angela’s pregnancy pilates course was absolutely invaluable to me during my pregnancy and it worked really well doing her one day hypnobirthing course with my husband at the end having practiced the same relaxation techniques and scripts during the pilates classes. The pilates classes provided me with the perfect opportunity to focus on my pregnancy, my body and my wellbeing whilst also meeting a fantastic support network of professionals and particularly other Mums who I now speak to and spend time with; with my baby! Angela is extremely knowledgeable and always available with advice. I’d highly recommend her courses.
I just wanted to say thank you for tonight – I was pretty wound tight physically and mentally from work today and had a quick turnaround at home to come back out.
Now I feel so relaxed, all my tension has gone in my back and neck and I’m ready for a sound nights sleep!
I also think it’s so wonderful and important for baby to experience me so blissed out too
Angela’s pre-natal yoga classes are very informative and calming. And James does a really good pre-natal massage. I think of them as my pre-natal toolkit. Highly recommend!
I attended pregnancy Pilates classes with Angela just before the birth of my son. The classes are the perfect balance of stretching and toning to prepare your body for the latter stages of pregnancy, the birth and also postnatally. Angela helps you to focus on your posture, breathing and pelvic floor – all of which played a huge role during my labour and aided a very quick recovery. Angela is a brilliant teacher. She’s calm, thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed all her classes and will be back for some post natal sessions.
I enjoyed Angela’s Move and Bloom Pilates and it helped my back a lot. Even if the hypnobirthing is not for you, I would do it just for the quality of the pilates and all you learn from the course. You barely need your NCT after that! 🙂
I have attended Angela’s pregnancy and post-natal Pilates classes and have found Angela to the best Pilates teacher I have ever had. The pregnancy classes helped me hugely with my stiff back and I always felt so relaxed afterwards (and slept amazingly well too!). I’ve continued with Angela’s classes post-natally and these have helped me to regain my core strength and stretch out stiff muscles from carrying my chunky baby! Angela’s classes are varied so you feel you get a very good workout and Angela’s knowledge of Pilates and the human body is very impressive. Highly recommend!
Before I started Angela’s amazing pilates and hypnobirthing course I was feeling a bit lost in my pregnancy in terms of my changing body, looking after myself, my well-being and preparing for the birth. Thanks to Angela’s fantastic classes I feel so happy, so in control and ready for a wonderful birthing experience. Angela is so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and the classes are very thorough. The pelvic floor and hypnobirthing exercises have made me feel so ready to give birth, both physically and mentally. Also I’ve met some lovely women and hope to stay in touch with them, which is an added bonus! I cannot recommend this course enough!!!
I attended Angela’s Pregnancy Pilates classes before having my second child and absolutely loved them. The environment was calm, relaxed and welcoming. Specific exercises relating to the control of the pelvic floor and breathing helped my labour and delivery be a calm and controlled experience in comparison with my first. Her advice relating to posture and engaging your core correctly during everyday tasks really helped pre and postnatally and I still use daily. There͛s also a lovely relaxation time at the end of each class with dim lights and music to help further unwind and it’s a great opportunity to speak to other Mums to be in an open and friendly environment. I highly recommend her classes and will be attending further postnatal classes too.
I attended Angela’s antenatal Pilates classes when I was pregnant with my second son and it was a great experience. Aside from having an hour away from home and work to focus on nothing but the baby, the exercise really helped me to relax and understand the different techniques for keeping my body supple and ache-free! I fully intend to carry on with Pilates now that my son has been born, and look forward to signing up with Angela again
I thoroughly enjoyed the Pregnancy Pilates class. I suffered with SPD during my second pregnancy and found this class really supportive in helping keep me moving easier and avoiding SPD in my third pregnancy. The classes were relaxed and friendly and Angela is so knowledgeable that it was an all round good experience. I would highly recommend these classes.
I have been seeing both Angela for Pilates, and James for massages during my pregnancy, and they have both been amazing. I have struggled with back pain, and James’ massages in particular have made such a difference – I booked an appointment one morning after a sleepless night due the the pain, and his massage was a genuine game-changer. He has this wonderful pregnancy pillow which means you can lie safely on your front for the massage, even in the third trimester, and that means the massage can be more focused and effective than lying your side. Both Angela and James are true experts in pre and post natal well-being, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
I have started attending Angela’s pregnancy pilates classes since the 16th week of pregnancy and now well into my 3rd trimester I can definitely say they have made a huge difference to my general wellbeing. Not only I have kept mobile and pain free thoughout the pregnancy but also very positive about the whole experience of expecting a first child. I really like the hypnobirthing scripts that she does at the end of each pilates session and my husband and I have learnt so much during the one day hypnobirthing course. During the 2nd trimester I started experiencing lower back pain and leg cramps but managed to keep them at bay with James’ pregnancy massages. They are soothing and relaxing and it’s the only time I can lie on my front as he uses a special pregnancy massage full body pillow. We are looking forward to welcoming our baby and I plan to continue with the post-pregancy restorative classes and massages in the future. I would recommend Angela and James as they are highly trained specialists and really lovely people.