Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates Teacher
Celia is a chartered physiotherapist with over 11 years experience and a special interest in women's health. She undertook postgraduate Pilates training through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, and then further training, with the same organisation, in pre and post natal Pilates. Celia is also a registered yoga teacher and undertook pregnancy yoga teacher training at The Yoga Campus in London.
During Celia's pregnancy and after the birth of her child she realised just how beneficial Pilates is in maintaining a healthy, strong, body and mind.
Celia's Classes at BYC
Women’s health physiotherapists recommend Pilates to help keep the body strong and pain free during pregnancy, and to rehabilitate the body post birth.
Pilates targets the exact muscles and functions that can become problematic during pregnancy and in the postnatal period, in a safe way.
During pregnancy hormones, postural changes and the weight of the baby can cause discomforts in the body- particularly the back, pelvis, neck and shoulders. In these classes we work on safe yet effective exercises to strengthen and relieve tension in these areas and to maintain a healthy posture.
We also focus on building strength and control in the pelvic floor muscles to prevent incontinence and prepare for birth.
The classes include breathing techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
If you already have a regular Pilates practice, and don't feel too tired, you can start these classes during your first trimester. If you are new to Pilates it’s probably best to wait until after your first trimester. You can continue these classes right up until the birth of your baby.
During these classes we focus on regaining core strength, realigning posture, and retraining the pelvic floor muscles. This will enable the body to better cope with the physical demands of motherhood as well as helping to prevent back pain, incontinence and prolapse issues. I will check for any separation of the tummy muscles and give advice on how to gently encourage them to draw back together. The classes also include some breathing exercises and relaxation which is so important for mums!
This class is suitable for women from six weeks post birth until you have regained the strength to go back to regular Pilates or exercise classes. You can begin these classes up to 18 months post birth if you haven’t yet focused on recovery. The exercises will be modified to suit individual needs.