Pre & Postnatal Strengthening

Prenatal Pilates in Inner West Sydney

Start a rewarding journey towards wellness and strength with Movement Laboratory, your premier choice for Prenatal Pilates in Inner West Sydney. Our specialised Prenatal Pilates program offers an opportunity for expectant mothers to maintain fitness and well-being in a supportive environment, aligning with the guidelines published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. These guidelines advocate for women with uncomplicated pregnancies to engage in exercise before, during, and after pregnancy, emphasising the importance of physical activity for maternal health.

Our program is designed with the evolving needs of pregnant women in mind, providing gentle yet effective exercises that focus on enhancing flexibility, strengthening the pelvic floor, and improving overall stamina. We tailor our classes to support you from week 20 of your pregnancy right through to labour, accommodating both low and high-risk pregnancies with utmost care.

At Movement Laboratory, we celebrate the uniqueness of every pregnancy journey. Whether you’re a seasoned Pilates enthusiast or exploring this form of exercise for the first time, our expert instructors are dedicated to guiding you through each movement with precision and care, ensuring a comfortable and beneficial experience throughout your prenatal journey.

Regular physical activity during pregnancy improves and maintains physical fitness, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and enhances psychological well-being.

Overview of Movement Laboratory’s Pregnancy and Postpartum Pilates Program

What To Expect in Our Pregnancy Exercise Class

Evidence-based and guided by a pelvic floor physiotherapist

Reduce risk of developing pain in lower back, SIJ, pelvic girdle, ribs, and pubic symphysis

Focus on pelvic floor contraction and relaxation

Learn correct breathing technique that aids labour

Address symptoms of incontinence if it occurs

Prepare your body for postnatal needs

Lengthen and stretch

What To Expect in Our Post-Pregnancy Pilates Class

Evidence based and guided by a pelvic floor physiotherapist

12 weeks of intensive pelvic floor rehabilitation with Clinical Pilates to strengthen core and abdominal muscles, inner thighs and upper back

Prepare your body to return to sport

Reduce abdominal separation/diastasis with exercise

Address symptoms of incontinence, prolapse, and other pelvic floor dysfunctions

Prevent lower back pain from lifting and carrying baby

Prevent neck and shoulder pain from breastfeeding

Lengthen and stretch

We understand the importance of regaining strength and fitness after childbirth, which is why we offer specialised postnatal strengthening classes. You can begin as early as three weeks postpartum, under the close supervision of our experienced women’s health physiotherapists.

Our focus is not just on recovery, but also on empowering you to return to sports and running, safely. If you’re experiencing any postpartum symptoms, our classes are designed to address these specifically, ensuring a safe and effective path back to your desired fitness activities. We’re committed to guiding you through each step of your postnatal journey, helping you achieve your fitness goals with care and expertise.

Why Choose Movement Laboratory for Prenatal Pilates in Inner West Sydney

At Movement Laboratory, we take pride in being a leading provider of Prenatal Pilates in Sydney Our approach to prenatal fitness is enriched by our exceptional team of instructors, each bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to our studio.

Our team is comprised of highly qualified physiotherapists and Pilates experts, trained with esteemed Pilates institutions such as Stott Pilates, Polestar, PilatesITC, APPI, and the Dance Medicine Association (DMA). This varied expertise is invaluable in crafting a pregnancy Pilates Sydney program that is both nurturing and effective. Among our instructors are former dancers, an Olympian, and two faculty teachers from these prestigious bodies, adding over 80 years of combined teaching experience to our studio.

Our Prenatal Pilates classes at Movement Laboratory are more than just exercises; they are holistic experiences specifically designed to support expectant mothers. We constantly update our methods with the latest research, ensuring that our practices are not only effective but also relevant to the needs of pregnant women.

Collaboration is key in our studio. Our clinical team regularly discusses class focus, client feedback, sequencing, and the latest updates in pregnancy and exercise research. This ensures that every aspect of our teaching is well-founded, adheres to fundamental movement principles, and is in line with prenatal care guidelines.

Choosing Movement Laboratory for your Prenatal Pilates journey means entrusting your fitness and well-being to a team dedicated to providing a unique, safe, and highly beneficial experience during one of the most important times of your life.

How to Join Our Prenatal Pilates Program

To begin your Prenatal Pilates journey at Movement Laboratory, we invite you to book an ‘Initial Physiotherapy Consultation for Starting Group Classes’ through our online platform. This personalised one-on-one session with our physiotherapist is a vital first step.

Here, we conduct a thorough assessment of your body, taking into consideration any current or past injuries. This is a crucial process for all, regardless of your previous experience in movement or exercise. The insights gained from this assessment enable us to craft a personalised exercise program that is not only safe but also meticulously tailored to meet your specific needs and goals, ensuring you receive the maximum benefit from our classes.

If you’re already a patient at Movement Laboratory and transitioning from individual physiotherapy to our group classes, you won’t need a separate assessment. You’re all set to move forward!

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For all our existing patients, please use your registered email address to log in to ‘My Account‘ on our website to book your future appointments. It’s important to note that online booking for our Physio group classes is reserved for current patients. If you’re new to our studio and interested to enrol in our Prenatal Pilates classes, please schedule your initial Physio Assessment first. This step is integral to ensuring a seamless and beneficial integration into our classes.

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Please respect our clinicians' time, and patients on the waitlist who may benefit from our care should you cancel with late notice.

Appointments require 18 hours notice, class bookings require 12 hours notice. Late notice fees apply if cancellation is made within the notice time. $50 for cancellations made within late notice period, and 100% for cancellations made within the last 2 hours.

Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy treatment is a very effective and safe form of treatment however like any treatment there are benefits and risks. Any risks associated with the techniques performed will be discussed with you prior to treatment. You may choose to consent or refuse any form of treatment for any reason including religious or personal grounds. Once you have given consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. You need to let us know of any previous injury or general health concerns as it may impact upon your treatment.

Massage: I am aware that the massage therapist does not diagnose illness or disease, does not prescribe medication and does not perform spinal manipulation. If I experience any pain or discomfort during or after the session, I understand that it is my job to immediately inform the therapist so the treatment can be adjusted. I have informed the massage therapist of all my known medical conditions, physical conditions and medications.

Nutrition/ Naturopathy: I understand that the Naturopath/ Nutritionist does not diagnose illness or disease. I understand that non invasive and natural methods are used in the assessment and treatment of any dysfunctions. I understand it is my duty to give an accurate personal health history and I consent to the use of diagnostic equipment and muscle testing to be performed on me after it has been thoroughly explained by the treating practitioner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can begin attending our Prenatal Pilates classes from week 20 of your pregnancy, after getting clearance from your healthcare provider. This timing ensures your comfort and safety as well as the effectiveness of the program.

First, you will need to book an ‘Initial Physiotherapy Consultation for Starting Group Classes’ through our online platform. We’ll do a thorough assessment of your body, taking into consideration any current or past injuries to ensure that it is safe and tailored to your body and needs.

Prenatal Pilates, when conducted under professional supervision like ours, is generally very safe. However, every pregnancy is unique, so it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine.

First, you will need to book an ‘Initial Physiotherapy Consultation for Starting Group Classes’ through our online platform. We’ll do a thorough assessment of your body, taking into consideration any current or past injuries to ensure that it is safe and tailored to your body and needs.

We recommend bringing a water bottle, a towel, and comfortable exercise clothing. We provide all necessary equipment for the Pilates sessions.

Our classes are tailored to accommodate the needs and limitations at different stages of pregnancy. Instructors modify exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for you, no matter your trimester.

Yes! Our Prenatal Pilates classes are suitable for beginners as well as those with prior Pilates experience. Our instructors will guide you through each movement and make sure you’re comfortable and confident.

Again, you will need to book an ‘Initial Physiotherapy Consultation for Starting Group Classes’ through our online platform. We’ll do a thorough assessment of your body, taking into consideration any current or past injuries to ensure that it is safe and tailored to your body and needs.

Prenatal Pilates helps improve flexibility, strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, enhances posture, and boosts overall stamina. It also aids in relaxation and stress reduction, which can be very beneficial during pregnancy.

We generally recommend attending classes 1-2 times per week, but this can vary based on your individual needs and schedule. Our instructors can help you determine the best frequency for your situation.

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