Pilates method has varied physical and mental benefits. From good posture, boosting stamina, improving mobility, as well as managing stress. One of the many unknown benefits of pilates is that it makes for the perfect workout for pregnant women and new moms!
Also known as postnatal pilates, this pilates method is a safe and effective method to begin activity and movements, improve stances, and regain energy after childbirth. The pilates method focuses on strengthening the core and pelvic muscles, which is essentially one of the principles of pilates.
While basic pilates routines can be started immediately, postnatal pilates can be started roughly 6-7 weeks after delivery. Basic pilates routines can reduce muscle soreness & joint stiffness, better your posture, as well as build muscular strength, thereby enhancing the early stages of postpartum healing. Stretches and gentle movements are also great techniques to relieve painful joints, which generally becomes stiff due to repeated and mundane positions.
Postnatal pilates, in addition to the physical benefits, also increases blood flow and oxygenates the damaged muscles. When it comes to the pros of postnatal pilates, you’re in for a great recovery!
Let’s understand the benefits better:
- Boosts mental welfare:
The pilates method is a connection of the mind, body, and soul. As a holistic mind-body workout with a special focus on breathing techniques, pilates helps reduce stress and treat depression as well. Similar to pilates, postnatal pilates helps you manage the stress of having a baby, and reduce tiredness, a part of postnatal fatigue. Postnatal pilates also improves sleep quality, which is generally much needed for a new mother-to-be.
- Fixes the pelvic floor:
After every pregnancy and childbirth, every woman’s pelvic floor tends to get weak. A strong pelvic floor is essential for a woman’s well-being to deal with urine incontinence, and repair the area between the vagina and anus, which tends to get loose after vaginal birth. A strong pelvic floor also guards against prolapse. A prolapse is a displacement or a muscle stretch under pressure and pushed against the walls of the vagina. Such a powerful pelvic floor can be achieved with postnatal pilates since we work on the multifidus and transversus abdominis, the deeper abdominal muscles.
- Reduces back pain:
Back pain is one of the most common pains experienced by pregnant women. Postnatal pilates builds the muscles that support the spine (generally, which is strained during pregnancy). Postnatal pilates also gets pressure off your spine and redistributes it around the pelvis and hip area.
- Enhances healing & recovery:
Pregnancy is a life-changing time for a woman. After pregnancy, a woman goes through a lot of physical, mental, and emotional changes. Postnatal pilates can make a huge difference in your healing process, especially if there have been stitches and trauma to the perineum after vaginal birth. Postnatal pilates also activates the pelvic floor muscles, which is key in restoring the muscles from swelling and bruising.
Gentle stretches and slow controlled motions of postnatal pilates decreases stiffness and joint pain as well as prevents over-tightening of any abdominal wounds and scars.
Let our Pilates Classes in Dubai be your companion in the most exciting time of your life.
At Pilates Academy Dubai, our classes are designed to aid in the recovery of pregnant women as well as to enjoy the full benefits of postnatal pilates.