As all classes are run by experienced Women's Health Physiotherapists, you may be able to claim back part of the cost if you have Physiotherapy "Extra's" cover. Just check with your insurer. A receipt will be provided for you after class.
Joseph Pilates, who developed the Pilates method of exercise was a gymnast, boxer, circus performer and practised yoga, so some of the exercises may be familiar to you if you have practised yoga. However the philosophy behind the exercises is very different. The primary aim of Pilates exercise is to develop a strong central core of muscles around your pelvis and spine. These are the muscles which are under extra pressure during pregnancy and early in the post natal period. Pilates believed that a strong core was essential for efficient movement - and I agree! Pilates exercises can be performed on mats or on Reformer beds - a unique opportunity which also differentiates the two exercise methods.
Please remember to bring your drink bottle to the class. Pilates can be thirsty work! A variety of equipment including exercise balls and resistive bands may be used during the mat classes. This allows you to progress and continue to be challenged as you get stronger. You may like to bring a small towel to the mat classes to us as a pillow. For the Reformer (machine based) classes, just bring your water bottle and wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.
Class duration is approximately 45-50 minutes.
Almost everyone can benefit from a specific abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening program taught by a physiotherapist. Many women continue coming to classes long after they have had their babies.
Traditional pilates classes involved both mat work and machine based exercises. In many cases the reformers are used to support you though your movement, building up to the equivalent mat exercises. The reformer is a spring loaded machine which provides resistance to assist or increase the difficulty of the exercises. In the mat classes, we use resistive band to create a similar effect. Fit to Deliver offers both mat and reformer classes. Both classes are similar in difficulty and the aims of both classes are identical. You may like to try a reformer class in addition to your mat practice for variety. Which class you come to will mainly depend on the times and locations that suit you.
You can start classes as soon as you feel like it! Often some women experience morning sickness during the first trimester and may not feel like exercising. However, starting to tone your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles early in your pregnancy will help you to maintain good posture and may help to prevent the onset of back pain. It is safe to continue Fit to Deliver classes right up until your delivery date, as long as your Doctor agrees. You may start classes post natally as soon as you have the all clear from your Doctor - usually after 6 weeks. Even if your children are toddlers or older you may still benefit from specific abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening! You are welcome to bring your babies with you to some of the classes - see the timetable for classes which say "Bub's welcome". If your children are older, you may like to take advantage of the creche facilities at some of the venues.