Pre-Natal Preparation and Post-Natal Restoration in the Pilates Environment

Join us to enhance your practice, build your skills or just to learn about interesting and important health issues affecting women of all ages.

  • Prerecorded Lecture (2 hours)
  • Live Zoom Classes –  More 2024 Dates Soon!
    6:30-8:30pm (6 hours)
  • 6 CEC (NPCP only)

Cost: $395 (Watch for $295 Early Bird Pricing!)

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Pre-natal time in Pilates is concerned with acknowledging the trimester precautions while also preparing the woman’s body for a very physical event. Focus is on breathing training to avoid 2nd labor stage injuries, activating the core without promoting a diastasis rectus, strengthening arms and hand grip, teaching the pelvic floor to both contract and relax, and manage low back and foot strain as the pregnancy progresses. In post-natal restoration, focus is on restoration to avoid physical risks of the 1st stages of post-partum, up to 18 months. Learn tests for ligament flexibility, diastasis recti as well as specific exercises for not only the core, foot and ankle but also tips to accelerate safe restoration to a full active life in Pilates.

List of Objectives 

Students will be able to:

  • Better understand the precautions in pregnancy for each trimester
  • Help their clients learn better pelvic floor control
  • Encourage clients to develop arm and hand grip for handling newborns
  • Better understand how to help clients manage low back and pelvic pain throughout pregnancy
  • Describe the effects of relaxin in the delivery process and post-partum period and why it is necessary to progress to a return of physical conditioning after childbirth;
  • Describe why women are at risk for pelvic imbalances and knee injuries in the postpartum period;
  • Define diastasis recti, learn how to avoid it in Pre-natal Pilates, measure it, and describe corrective exercises for the condition;
  • Explain the occurrence of foot problems after pregnancy;
  • List the hallmarks of successful post-natal restoration management;
  • Perform a ligament flexibility test
  • Learn Pilates-based exercises to restore overused wrists/hands and weakened ankles and feet;
  • Learn Pilates-based mat exercises to restore the distended abdomen and potentially damaged pelvic floor area, improve core control, and balance chest and low back tone;
  • Facilitate constructive rest to alleviate low back and pelvic pain;
  • Learn control tips for incontinence;
  • Learn care for swelling and/or painful feet and legs;
  • Learn the ACOG/NICE guidelines for post-partum exercise and to avoid prolapse;
  • Learn how to restore abdominal disruption, pelvic floor trauma, while facilitating a walking and running program over time.

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