If yes, then sign up to one of the new community Pilates classes starting soon with Debbie Shopland who offers:
Healthy HIT Pilates – a high energy, cardio and functional strength workout fused with Pilates core work. It’s the all- in- one, 45 minute ultimate workout leaving no muscle group untouched.
Specialist body control matwork Pilates – a traditional mind/body class focusing on spinal alignment, mobility, flexibility and core strength. Numbers will be limited for this class to allow for specialist teaching.
After gaining a degree in Human Movement Studies, Debbie studied with the Pilates Institute, London. Having also trained in fitness Pilates, Healthy HIT Pilates and with acclaimed body control Pilates she is now combining her knowledge and expertise to bring these new accessible classes to Swindon.
Pilates is highly regarded among the performing arts world, athletes and with celebrities, although you do not have to be any of these to benefit.
If your pelvic floor is weak and your gym session involves
kettlebells and deadlifts: STOP!
Heavy lifting can exacerbate problems. "Instead, try something gentler, like Pilates. When you 'activate' your deep core muscles, you co-contract your pelvic floor," says Lynne Robinson, founder of Body Control Pilates.
"And avoid strong abdominal exercises altogether." Squatting is still OK, though. "When you squat, the pelvic floor releases and lengthens, and when you come up, it strengthens and tightens, However, it's equally important to relax your pelvic floor. Never hold your breath during exercise and make sure you practise deep abdominal breathing at the start and end of a session," adds Robinson.
From incontinence to prolapse, one in three women suffers with pelvic floor dysfunction. "It's extremely important for all women to be mindful of the pelvic floor, because it's involved in controlling three significant functions - your sexual, bladder and bowel functions," says Dr Fiona Reid, consultant urogynaecologist at Central Manchester University Hospitals.
Symptoms can develop at any age - and stress, constipation, smoking, weight and genetics can all affect it. Yet 60% of us feel
too embarrassed to seek help from a doctor, even though bladder leakage is twice as common as hay fever. The good news? It's easier than ever to be pelvic floor aware. Research robustly proves that pelvic floor exercises (PFE) help, but you need to make sure you're using the correct technique.
Pilates classes in Swindon designed to nurture and strengthen
Is your back aching from sitting at a desk all day or do you want to develop more mobility in your spine to swing your golf club more effectively or would you just like to have better posture and core strength?
It will help everybody to build a strong foundation to stay free of niggles, aches and pains by nurturing and developing the body from the inside out.
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