Boulder Postpartum Pilates
Postpartum Pilates exercise is vital to Boulder moms, not only to help your body recover from pregnancy and delivery, but also to sustain the demands of holding and caring for your infant.
At BoulderBodworks, we suggest that all postpartum moms begin their postpartum recovery with at least one private lesson even if they have had prior experience with Pilates. Once the teacher has had an opportunity to evaluate the postpartum mom, then the teacher can better make a recommendation for classes and packages.
At BoulderBodyworks we feel strongly that Pilates taught well is the absolute best fitness program for postpartum moms and we welcome our postpartum moms to attend any of our regularly scheduled weekly classes.
If the postpartum mom has a diastasis (a separation in the connective tissue between the rectus abdominus abdominal muscle), then we would insist that teacher approves whether or not the student is ready for that particular class.
Periodically we do offer specific postpartum workshops and series, but for the most part, we encourage our postpartum moms to participate in any of the semi-private weekly classes that we offer.
All of the Boulder Postpartum Pilates classes that we offer at BoulderBodyworks are effective for helping woman get their bodies back after pregnancy as all of our classes are designed to cultivate strength and flexibility in not only your core, but in your arms, legs, and buttocks.
If you have a group of 3-5 women who all want to commit to doing a weekly class, we are very open to adding new class times. Please email or text or call 303-444-2739 with specific questions and requests.
Before you start doing your abdominal training post partum, we strongly encourage you to schedule a private lesson with a trained instructor in order to be evaluated for a diastasis recti (a separation in the connective tissue between the rectus abdominus abdominal muscles).
If you have a diastasis recti, our trained instructors will teach you how to strengthen your abdominals without further contributing to separating your abdominus recti.
Without this proper training, you could be doing more damage than good. Diastasis recti can range from one fingers width to 10 fingers width. Even with one fingers width, you will want to do very specific training for your abs.
To test for a diastasis recti, Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Relax your head and shoulders and place your fingers (palm facing you) just above your belly button.
Lift your head, neck and shoulders slightly off the floor and press down with your fingertips. If you feel a gap, that’s the diastasis. You will feel the muscles close in around your fingers as you lift your head and neck. Don’t lift your shoulders up too high.
Repeat the test in two other places: directly above the belly button and a couple of inches below. A diastasis recti gap is measured in finger widths.
BoulderBodyworks has been selected Best of Boulder for Pilates six years running: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015.
We are delighted to answer any questions that you may have and look forward to seeing you soon at BoulderBodyworks!