Pelvic Floor Pilates

What is Pelvic Floor Pilates?

Pilates is a full body spring-based resistance work-out designed to develop core stability and strength, body awareness and control, muscle and postural balance, and of course–FUN! Instead of general Pilates classes, we offer a highly specialized Pelvic Floor Pilates program that you won't find elsewhere. Our instructors work closely with our pelvic floor physical therapists to design a research-based program specifically tailored to meet your needs. Oftentimes, our physical therapists add this essential component into our patient's healing plan of care and, therefore, many of our patients get this service covered through their insurance.

 
 

Patient Experiences

I had the pleasure of working with Lisa, who is the Pilates instructor at Sarton. As I was 23 weeks pregnant at that time, I needed help in strengthening my core to prepare for baby’s growth (and increased back pain as a result!) as well as help with better blood flow to minimize swelling. Lisa really took the time to understand my unique needs and situation, and created a customized program for me. I have worked with personal trainers before that I felt were merely trying to kill time during our sessions. Lisa, on the other hand, provided me with as much information as possible during our time together, so I never felt like my money and time were wasted.

Unfortunately, I only got to work with Lisa three times as I was temporarily visiting California from out of state...But I felt I had enough information and hands on exercise tips to continue working out on my own throughout my pregnancy.
— Jean K.
 

Programs & Workshops

Pre-natal Class

This class helps carry you through the amazing journey of pregnancy that is filled with significant changes in your body. Pregnancy is a time when hormones shift, ligaments change/ become lax, our center of gravity becomes more anterior and postural changes occur. The muscular system compensates for these changes but, unfortunately not always the right way . There are several things that need specific focus for the pregnant body including relaxed belly breathing, body awareness and conscious relaxation, pelvic floor awareness and control, postural balance, upper body strength, core and leg strength. Our pre and post natal pilates sessions always include a movement analysis with focus on breathing patterns with review of core muscles and their proper function. Come learn safe core exercises to help alleviate common issues such as incontinence, low back pain, pubic symphysis pain hip pain, groin pain, tailbone pain and diastasis rectus abdominus. aches and pains your body often experiences during pregnancy.

 Class focus: 

  • Strengthening abdominal and core muscles
  • Pelvic floor
  • Upper back and lateral pelvic stabilizers
  • Learning proper breathing and postural awareness 
  • Safe stretches to ease neck, upper back tension, tight hips, aching feet 

All levels welcome. No previous Pilates experience necessary.

 

PostPartum Class

This class offers an alternative and safe exercise program integrating key principles to help your body recover from the physical challenges of pregnancy.  This class will include a movement analysis with focus on breathing patterns with review of  core muscles and their proper function. Learn safe effective ways to work your core to protect and strengthen and correct DRA (Diastasis Recti Abdominus), pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and other common but not normal effects of pregnancy. 

Class focus:

  • Re-integrate and reconnect to your core and pelvic floor
  • Relieving back pain by strengthening your core, pelvic floor, arms, back 
  • Core strengthening to improve your posture, ease tightness and tension from lack of sleep, breast/bottle feeding and baby carrying. 
  • Learn simple tricks to ease the physical and postural challenges that come with having a newborn.
  • Diastasis Recti.  If you have not already had a diastasis intake and assessment you will need to schedule one prior to beginning the class with one of our pelvic floor physical therapists.

All levels welcome. No previous Pilates experience required. 

NOTE: If you are less than 6 weeks postnatal or 8 weeks post-Cesarean please see one of our pelvic floor physical therapists.

 

 

Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

This program offers a highly specialized exercise program focusing on pelvic health, and is the result of research that has proven that certain types of exercise and movement are more effective than traditional kegels alone. The effectiveness of these exercises has been published n the literature showing that patients completing a tailored and specific pelvic floor exercise program reported up  to 74% improvement in bladder symptoms in 4 weeks. Our program incorporates principles based off research. This class is specifically designed to improve strength and posture, give greater mind-body balance, promote better flexibility and circulation and reduce stress, with focus on breathing, body awareness and conscious relaxation, pelvic floor awareness and control, postural balance, upper body strength and leg strength. This will include a movement analysis with focus on breathing patterns with review of core muscles and their proper function. 

Class focus: 

  • Strengthening abdominal muscles, multifidus and core
  • Pelvic floor neuromuscular re-education
  • Learning proper breathing 
  • Postural awareness 

All levels welcome. No previous Pilates experience necessary.

Pelvic Pain Pilates

This class offers an  exercise program focusing on pelvic health. This gentle restorative class is specifically designed to improve strength and posture, give greater mind-body balance, promote better flexibility and circulation and reduce stress, with focus on breathing, body awareness and conscious relaxation, pelvic floor awareness and control, postural balance, upper body strength and leg strength. This will include a movement analysis with focus on breathing patterns with review of core muscles and their proper function. 

Class focus: 

  • Strengthening abdominal muscles and multifidus
  • Pelvic floor lengthening and hip opening
  • Learning proper breathing 
  • Postural awareness 
  • Key lower extremity, hip, pelvic, spinal stretches 

All levels welcome. No previous Pilates experience necessary.

 
 
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