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One-to-One Pilates Course

When: Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and Saturdays

Duration: Initial consultation is 90 minutes and follow up sessions are 75 minutes each

Dates: Please check my calendar for availability

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

Where: Zing Wellness Studio, 80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT

What To Expect From This Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair Course… 

Since we understand how much mums have to juggle we have created a version of the Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair group course that can be done through private 1-2-1 classes. We will provide you with all the information you need for a safe, successful, supported and healthy postnatal recovery so that you can be the strongest, healthiest and happiest version of yourself.  We will cover the same content as the course but the sessions can be more specifically be tailored to suit your needs, we can spend more time on your areas of interest and we can focus on your goals all to your timescales. If you have any specific postnatal problems this is often a preferred option. The classes are 75 minutes long.

The Postnatal Pilates & Wellbeing Course Includes:

  • A 90 minute face to face deep health assessment and massage or myofascial self-release session (if massage isn’t your thing)
  • 3 x 75 minute 1-2-1 Pilates classes, covering six different themes
  • An equipment bundle that will include a spiky massage ball, a fascial release ball, a Pilates overball, two therabands and an under-door anchor
  • Access to a supportive closed facebook group
  • Access to an exclusive members area which includes a weekly Pilates class, 6-10  exercises each week, our favourite nutritious, healing and easy recipes and further information on topics covered in class including a meditation for mums download written by me with you in mind.
  • The online members area also includes interviews with some of our trusted network who will share their knowledge and experience.  They are extremely knowledgeable and a fantastic source of information and support.  They are also members of our client Facebook group so are available to answer questions you might have.   The interviews include an Osteopath, a Massage & Scar Therapist, a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, a Nutritionist, a Breastfeeding Counsellor, Postnatal Doula and Holistic Sleep Coach and an Acupuncturist.   

The Themes We Cover Are As Follows:

In the Pilates classes we focus on gentle releases to alleviate post-pregnancy and postnatal tension in the body, finding our optimal posture now we are no longer pregnant, restoring core function including rehabilitating diastasis recti and reconnecting with your pelvic floor and functional exercises to strengthen your body in preparation for life as a mum.

  • Posture, the pelvic floor and back care in the postnatal period
  • Stretch and release
  • Breath, the pelvic floor and restoring your core
  • Self-care, relaxation, stress and nutrition in the postnatal period
  • Those pesky glutes and why they are important
  • Motherhood movement patterns – a gentle introduction of more functional exercise like pushing, pulling, lifting, lunging and squatting

These sessions can be followed by a Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair Into Practice (with babies) or Mums That Move (without babies) group class you can attend to practice and embed everything you have learned.

NOTE:  Due to the Corona virus all 1-2-1 sessions are currently being taught virtually using a video conferencing tool called zoom and massages are NOT being offered, instead I will be offering a virtual one-to-one myofascial self-release session.

 Your Pilates Course

Sign up to this course.

Cost: £275

Currently all 1-2-1 sessions are being taught virtually using a video conferencing tool called zoom.  

Address: 80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT

Telephone: 07747 778575

 FAQs

  • When can I start the Pilates classes? You can start classes from 6-8 weeks postnatal after your 6/8 week check depending on whether you had any complications and how you are feeling.
  • Can I bring my baby to the Pilates class? You may bring your babies until they start crawling but they remain your responsibility and are not involved in the class.

  • If my children aren’t babies anymore is this 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!

  • What do I wear to the Pilates class? Please bring some water and wear comfortable clothing including socks.

  • What do I need to bring to the Pilates class? Please bring something for your baby to lie on and perhaps some toys for baby to play with.

  • How do I book my Pilates 1-2-1′s and when are you available to teach them? You will be given a code to book your one to ones online but note the slots will only be available on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and some Saturdays as these are days I run my private classes.

 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 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. This course is the culmination of everything I have learned and experienced to give clients results, as ultimately that is what is important!

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

 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

 Heal your diastasic recti

 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

 Widen your pre and postnatal support network by meeting a range of trusted experts

I cannot recommend the 1-2-1 Core Care & Pelvic Floor Repair Course highly enough. Thanks to Angela’s expertise (shared passionately in the sessions and through the invaluable online content) I was able to reconnect with my core, fix niggles I didn’t even know I had and get back to my pre-pregnancy exercise. I only wish I had found the course sooner! Thank you, Angela, for taking such great care of me 🙂

Claire Scammell

After discovering Angela’s fantastic group post-natal Pilates classes, I decided to attend some private 1-2-1 sessions, as I was keen to repair my abdominal separation. Angela put together a program tailored specifically to my needs and guided me through each exercise, ensuring correct alignment, breathing and pelvic floor control. Angela works with you at a very slow and controlled pace and explains the science behind the exercises in a really accessible way, which I find fascinating – I like to know why I am being asked to do something! I found this also helped me to practise the exercises at home with confidence in between sessions.With Angela’s help, I was able to restore my abdominal separation and was soon signed off to exercise again. I still use the techniques taught to me by Angela to help prepare for exercise and to ensure I’m doing so in a safe and effective way for my own body. I would recommend Angela’s group and 1-2-1 classes without hesitation as they have undoubtedly transformed my quality of life post-pregnancy and sparked a passion for Pilates I never knew I had.

Charlotte Murray

I just wanted to say that in addition to loving the Pilates sessions I also always left the sessions feeling mentally and emotionally more balanced. You strike me as a kind of healer – I hope you’re not offended! 

Just wanted to say ‘keep up the great work’ and I will be in touch for a massage with James. 

Christine Moran

I am officially converted! I always thought that the gym was the best place for me to exercise but after my third very large baby I needed to approach rehabilitating my body in a different way. I attended Angela’s mother and baby pilates classes, followed by some one to one sessions and now evening classes. I feel so much stronger, am well on the way to resolving my abdominal separation and am the most flexible I have ever been. I have vowed to continue pilates and cannot recommend Angela’s teaching style and personable approach highly enough.

Amanda O'Toole

Angela is the best Pilates teacher I have ever come across. I started attending her classes 10 weeks after my daughter was born. She’s now 7 months old and my abdominal separation has healed, my pelvis feels stable and I have started running again. She has taught me so much about how to get back into exercise post-pregnancy and I feel like I’ve really done this the right way for my body. The one-to-one session when you book your first block of classes is a really fantastic offer too and gets you off to a great start.
Emma Cochrane