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Group Pilates Classes

 

When:   Mondays 7,30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

Dates: Mondays : 14, 21, 28 Sep & 12 Oct (no classes on 14 Sept, 5 & 19 Oct)

ng classes virtually via a video-conferencing tool called Zoom due to the Corona virus

Normal Venue:  These classes will remain virtual even if lockdown eases

 

When:   Thursdays at 9.30am

Duration: 60 minutes

Dates: Thursdays : 10, 17, 24 Sep & 1, 8, 15, 22 Oct 2020

Where: Currently running classes virtually via a video-conferencing tool called Zoom due to the Corona virus

Normal Venue:  The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TG

 

When:   Thursdays at 7pm & 8.15pm

Duration: 60 minutes

Dates: Thursdays :10, 17, 24 Sep & 1, 8, 15, 22 Oct 2020

Where: Currently running classes virtually via a video-conferencing tool called Zoom due to the Corona virus

Normal Venue:  The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TG

 

What To Expect From Your Pilates Class…

This is a half term course of challenging but also restorative Pilates classes that are designed as a follow on from the Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair classes where we add more challenge and functional movement. If you are a mum, no matter how old your children are and want to focus on your pelvic floor and core strength and function, this is the class for you. This class is ideal if you have a weak or hypertonic pelvic floor, are suffering any urinary incontinence, have a diastasis recti, a prolapse, lower back pain or any post pregnancy niggles.   The classes are 60 minutes long.

This class picks up the themes introduced in the Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair course and we embed them through practice, practice and more practice. We continue the focus on breath work and connecting with your pelvic floor and your deep abdominals and learning how to strengthen and relax them. We take the breath work a step further and apply it to functional exercise to strengthen and tone the body as being a mum is hard work. We need to be strong and proficient in lifting pushing, pulling, squatting and lunging as mums are required to do all these movements a lot.

The classes incorporate seated, standing and floor work. They utilise a lot of small equipment such as massage balls, fascial release balls, therabands, wobble cushions, overballs and foam rollers so that the classes are varied, interesting and fun. 

Best of all, it is a lovely opportunity to have some time and space for you and to meet other Harpenden mums. 

You are welcome to join the class without having done my Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair or Move & Bloom classes but I do suggest that if you haven’t done classes with me before you book in a 1-2-1 with me before the course starts. 

You will get access to a closed facebook group where you can talk to other mums and ask questions. 

NOTE:  Due to the Corona virus all classes are being taught virtually using a video conferencing tool called zoom.  As well as the class I will provide you with a pre-recorded Pilates class each week which will be uploaded to the All Members Area.

 Your Pilates Course

Sign up to this 4 or 7 week course  

Cost: £60-105

 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.

 Equipment Bundle

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 £32.

Cost: £32

 Hypnosis Track For Mums

 

De-stress and activate your parasympathetic (rest & digest) nervous system with our Zing Wellness hypnosis for mums track recorded with Angela’s familiar soothing voice.

Cost: £5

 FAQs

 

Can I join this Pilates class? You will need to be an existing client or have completed the Pelvic Floor and Core Course (either group or 1-2-1) before you can join this class. The only other exception is if you attended my Pilates for Mum (with babies) class whilst I was on maternity leave with Grace Lillywhite.  Don’t worry though I can usually get clients up to speed in a  couple of 1-2-1 sessions.

How many spaces are there in the Pilates class? There will be 10 places in the class to ensure you get lots of individual attention.

Can I bring my baby to the Pilates class? No this class is not one you can bring your baby to.

Can anyone do your Pilates class? There are some medical conditions that will require medical consent for you to exercise. I will send you a health screening form to complete and this must be completed before you come for your first session.

What do I wear to the Pilates class? Please wear comfortable clothing including socks.

What do I need to bring to the Pilates class? Please bring some water.

If my children aren’t babies anymore is this Pilates class still relevant for me? The course is relevant regardless of how old your children are. If you have any concerns with your pelvic floor function, have diastasis recti or a weak core this is for you!

 

 Our Expertise

Angela – 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 and immerse myself in, I went on complete Heather King Smith’s Restoring the Core (Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Diastasis Rectus) course with Mbodies in March 2017. In July 2017, I completed an intensive period of training on Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness courses. I attended her Support your Floor, Diastasis Recti Recovery, Pilates for Menopause and Pre and Postnatal training.  Still thirsty for more knowledge in November 2017 I completed my Advanced CPD in Modern Post Natal Assessment, Core Restore & Functional Exercise Programming with Burrell Education, leading Women’s Wellness, Fitness & Therapy Educator.   I also apply a lot of what I learned in Jessica Coveley’s Practical Fascial Release Methods for Movement Professionals course in my practice which I attended in April 2017.  Most importantly I have had three children of my own and after experiencing little to no support after the birth of my first child when I was suffering urinary incontinence and unbeknown to me also a prolapse and feeling hugely let down by the system I started on my own journey of rehabilitating my own body and self-discovery.  It has filled me with passion to support and empower all women to do the same.  I have spent the last few years working with mums to rehabilitate and reconnect with their bodies in the postnatal period. 

James – I am a deep tissue and sports massage therapist with a level 4 diploma from Premier Global and I have specialist pre and postnatal massage training with Burrell Education, leading Women’s Wellness, Fitness & Therapy Educator.   I was inspired to specialise in pre and postnatal massage when I saw through my work with my clients how much massage could release postnatal tension.  It is my experience that massage, together with Pilates and restorative movement, has enabled my clients to reach their goals be it becoming pain free, feeling stronger, being able to jump on the trampoline with their children or getting back to running.

We have experience and many successes supporting postnatal mums with a range of postnatal conditions such as diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sacro-iliac problems, pelvic girdle pain (PGP) including pubic pain which was previously called symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), sciatica, generalised back tension, neck pain, c-section scar issues, abdominal tightness and musculoskeletal tension, tension headaches, stress and anxiety.

Benefits

 Have some time to focus on you

Meet other mums

 Destress and have an opportunity to talk

 Learn how to safely undertake everyday activities

 Regain stability and strength

 Release postural tensions & learn techniques to improve your posture and alignment

 Move your body

 Increase your energy levels

 Tackle those aches and pains

 Learn more about your postnatal body

 Connect with your pelvic floor and deep abdominals. Learn how to both release and strengthen them

 Eliminate urinary incontinence and those ‘whoops’ movements when you cough sneeze, run or jump

 Reduce your mummy tummy

 Learn how to integrate Pilates into your everyday movement patterns

 Return to higher impact exercise safely

 Get signposted to a community of trusted experts

 Heal your diastasic recti

Angela is an amazing Pilates instructor, so knowledgeable about the stresses and strains on the postpartum body. The postnatal Pilates class was really good, an opportunity to concentrate on recovering from childbirth and some self-care time (babies are welcome and having a nanny on hand is a great touch to enable mums to focus). I’m now doing the Mums that Move evening class and it’s one of the highlights of my week, it’s so relaxing and restorative, I notice a real difference when I haven’t been for couple of weeks!
Nicola Rix

I have attended Pilates with Angela for a few months now and thoroughly enjoy it. Angela is an excellent teacher and whose knowledge and enthusiasm is clear and her classes are friendly and welcoming.   As different equipment is used every week each class is varied and the exercises can be adapted to suit all levels. Angela always takes the time to check each person’s positioning and movements are done correctly, modifying them for the individual where necessary.   Pilates has helped me understand my core and improve my core strength and posture. I always leave a session feeling fully worked out but relaxed and revitalised.
Suzanne C

I attend Angela’s post-natal pilates class and I have found it has really helped me. I’m not immediately post-natal yet Angela has helped me understand that I definitely need post-natal exercises as I still have abdominal separation. Angela has explained to me what exercises are safe and what is not so I can improve my core strength and close the gap. She really understands Pilates for women who have had children and her anatomical knowledge means I feel safe working out with her. Her classes are enjoyable, she’s a cheery person who makes you feel good to be in her class and you’re doing your body good at the same time. A winning combination!
Nicola Wyeth

I first attended one of Angela’s classes as a complete novice. I was apprehensive as my level of general fitness had regressed since having a child, however, I found Angela’s class ideal. Angela gives a lot of hands on support to ensure all attendees are doing the moves correctly, and she adapts moves to take into account any past injuries. I am now on my second course, and really look forward to the classes and I am seeing improvements in my flexibility and core. I would highly recommend.
Sam Sutherland