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pilates during and after pregnancy

To all the future moms out there,

if you are pregnant and want to do some exercise but not sure what exercises are safe to do, try pilates! Not only is the practice safe during pregnancy but it can actually help your body to accommodate the pregnancy better, to assist with delivery and regain strength and shape after the baby is born. The benefits of pilates practice include:

core muscles
Our abdominal and back muscles support our spinal column, our pelvic area and the spine and they tend to become increasingly taxed during pregnancy as the baby grows heavier and bigger. This often results in back pain as the abdominals are not strong enough to adequately support the back – the back muscles are weakened by the growing belly, which causes the lower back to arch inwards as the load gets heavier. Practising pilates will strengthen these muscles and provide better support for the back and the overall skeletal structure during pregnancy.

pelvic floor
These muscles are vital to having a healthy pregnancy and birth – they help you contain and hold everything in place in the lower abdomen. When the pelvic floor is healthy it is able to contract and release on demand, the perfect exercise to strengthen this group of muscles is pilates. Strong pelvic floor muscles are also required for after the pregnancy to help everything fall back into shape.

posture
The weight of the baby often pulls one forward and this results in incorrect posture and discomfort. Doing pilates exercises helps you correct postural mistakes.

circulation
While strong muscles are very necessary, it is also vital to have a healthy circulation. The volume of blood increases to up to forty percent during pregnancy and a strong circulation is needed to pump oxygen-filled blood to all the parts that are needed for the baby to grow and for you to stay healthy.

breathing
Learning good breathing techniques helps with relaxation and calms the mind during periods of stress. Pilates focuses heavily on breathing techniques that will sustain you not only through the stressful times of pregnancy but also after the birth and help you keep the mind relaxed when needed most.

feet
The extra weight of the baby places huge stress on the feet and often feet become flatter or the arches fall as a result, creating unhealthy posture overall. Pilates helps to build healthy feet and thereby prevent a lot of common foot problems during and after pregnancy.

control
The pilates technique provides you with a sense of control over your body, during a time when it feels like everything is out of control. It also provides a sense of wellbeing and accomplishment, both of which may lead to more self-confidence. Getting the body back into shape after pregnancy is easier, which also gives the self-esteem a boost!

So give it a try! #peacelovepilates

Dear Vesna, thank you for your positive energy, all the helpful exercises and tips, which added to an easier labor. I will keep up my pilates practice.  -M.G.

(this article was put together with the help of BASI Pilates UK – thank you)

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It is the mind itself which builds the body.

– Joseph H. Pilates

Even though we don’t emphasize it while teaching, pilates is a mind-body method. A technique designed to enhance the mind’s positive impact on the body. In the Western culture mind and body has been viewed as two distinct entities for centuries, luckily this view is rapidly changing as researchers scientifically prove the complex link between the two.

While appreciating the physical aspect of pilates that has helped me throughout my dance career, I have also felt the psychological and emotional impact. I don’t dance full time anymore but I still benefit from the pilates method in so many ways and can not imagine my life without my daily practise.
Even though I’ve been practising for years and have been working with my body for as long as I can remember, it is always a different experience, our bodies are different every day and reconnecting is a daily task. Our lives have become so fast and loud and busy that often we get carried away and forget that. Or maybe we were also never aware of the fact.

The moment I lay down on the mat I’m instantly forced to forget the rest of the world for a moment. I focus on doing every single exercise as precise as possible while connecting my breath to the movement. In order to stay aware of every detail I need to slow down. Soon I start to feel everything around and inside of me calming down. My breath, my thoughts, my heartbeat.. everything around me disappears for a moment and there’s just me and my body. Pilates is my way of reconnecting with myself, taking the time to appreciate the amazing, fine tuned machine that my body is.
When I get up and step off the mat I feel like a whole new person every single time. Even and especially when I was tired, anxious, frustrated, angry,.. all that is suddenly just gone. I’m in a state of calm, yet so energized and ready to take on the world!

dance

People often ask me why I quit dancing. Well, I didn’t.

See, dance has always been part of my life, ever since I can remember. It just so happened that it led me to becoming a professional dancer and dedicating years of my life to the big stage and performing. But even during that time I was very much interested in and simultaneously working on multiple other skills. I am also a trained actress and equally passionate about martial arts, fashion and costume design.

I guess I love moving and creating, designing and building. All of these art forms feed off of each other beautifully and so for me it wasn’t a big surprise when I fell in love with pilates. Just the way all the other disciplines require precision and strong focus during the process, the same applies for this technique. In fact it has helped me especially with improving my dance technique. It has made me stronger on the inside and therefor allowed me to move more freely on the outside.

Even before I started my professional training people would ask me if I was a dancer, so I guess there is just something about the way I move…

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The time has COME!

I am so happy to announce that starting February 2019 I am fulfilling a long time dream by launching my very own studio in Friedrichshain, Berlin. I’d like to call it my extended living room where everyone is welcome to play.

Since I have always put a strong focus on individual work and making each class a unique experience for every client, I’d like to carry on in that sense and therefor I will be offering small mat group classes, besides private sessions.

Please stay tuned for the upcoming schedule!