Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates

Prenatal Pilates

Leia Erickson is proud to be Certified through The Center Method for Diastasis Recti Recovery™, as well as, Prenatal and Postnatal Certified through Carolyne Anthony’s Women’s Health Pilates™

Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise for pregnant women that allows them to:
  • Stay strong and fit throughout their pregnancies
  • Stay connected to their changing body
  • Improve their posture 
  • Increase their Pelvic stability 
  • Increase their Pelvic floor strength and flexibility
  • Reduce pregnancy aches and pains
  • Increase flexibility and relaxation
  • Help restoring their core: Healing Diastasis Recti and Improving pelvic floor function
While commonly regarded as separate issues, pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti are closely related and share common treatments. Leia instructs her clients with deep stabilizing exercises with progressions that are built upon the release of fascial connections between the pelvic floor and abdominals, realigning the bones and correctly restoring the muscles to their correct function throughout the body. This deep understanding will ensure restoration and prevention of a recurrence. Each client will have a better understanding on how to effectively and safely contract their pelvic floor and abdominals. Additional focus is on building stability through the pelvic and shoulder girdles, as well as, postural balance throughout the body.

Prenatal Reformer PilatesPrenatal Mat and equipment classes use the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair, as well as, physio balls, magic circles, thera bands and rollers to compliment the Pilates Method. This brings each mother-to-be strength, flexibility and relaxation. Each exercise is modified depending on the stage of pregnancy and the comfort level of the mother. It is slow paced and focuses on the breath while toning the pelvic floor and abdominals through low impact Pilates exercises

Postnatal PilatesPostpartum is one of the most important periods in a woman's life. Physically her body has undergone a tremendous change in a small space of time. While using the Pilates system of rehabilitation, we gently encourage the body to realign and strengthen. 
For some women, the rectus abdominus will begin to separate along the linea alba with the two rectus halves moving laterally. This is called a diastases recti. Pilates is an ideal way to help a mother heal and help assist in the closing of her Diastases Recti. Pilates focuses on the Transversus Abdominus and the Pelvic floor, which helps strengthen the mother's body from within, so the rectus abdominus will have less strain from everyday movements and more assistance in healing.