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What is Pilates?

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by | 5 views

Pilates for Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, Birthing, and Beyond

Are you planning for a natural labor and delivery? Have you considered Pilates as a part of your birthing experience? For many women, the thought of utilizing Pilates as a method to facilitate natural birth never would have crossed their minds. Here are some reasons why they may want to think again.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on whole body integration to strengthen, stretch, and correct the body’s natural alignment. It is a combination of fluid movements put together to suit an individual’s needs, experience, and goals. Practicing Pilates can involve one or a combination of modalities, which include mat exercises, equipment such as a ball or bands, and Pilates specific machines.

Why try Pilates?

Pilates can be beneficial for the health and strength of any person, and is especially useful for women before, during, and after pregnancy. It can be specifically tailored to help prepare a pregnant woman for and assist in labor and birth by opening the pelvis and emphasizing optimal pelvic alignment. Not only does Pilates strengthen the physical body, it also strengthens the mind-body connection, which is a vital component to a natural labor and delivery. Utilizing the breath to move the body’s energies, Pilates is a great way to release tension and stress, both of which can enhance pain in childbirth, stall labor, and even contribute to infertility for women trying to get pregnant. Pilates can be a great way to rebuild strength from the inside out after birth, and can be started as soon as the baby is born. In fact, the sooner Pilates exercises are taken up after birth, the better the results will be!

Pilates is a very safe and effective form of exercise, which can be started even after becoming pregnant. To find a Pilates instructor who is specially trained in the areas of pregnancy, birthing, and post-partum strengthening and healing, visit our Directory of Pilates Instructors.

 

The information on this page was provided by Carolyne Anthony, the leading expert in Pilates for women. For more information on Carolyne and her accomplishments, books, and training workshops, click here.

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