Certified Studio Equipment and Matwork Pilates Instructor
Pre and Post Natal Pilates Specialist
"Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirits"
One Mama's Pilates Journey
Hypermobility, Lower back pain & Pregnancy
I have been hypermobile my entire life.
In my early 20s my back used to sprain on a
weekly basis and render me immobile for
12 – 24 hours at a time. It wasn’t until I saw a
Physio in my mid-twenties that they diagnosed
me with hypermobility and gave me some
simple pilates exercises to do and recommended
that I find a pilates class. The exercises
revolutionised my life. My back no longer
sprained. However, I need to do them every
week at the very least, because if I don’t my
back starts to suffer again.
I was always worried about carrying a child,
both for the pregnancy and also the strain of
lifting a child as they grow. Luckily I was
recommended Safiah by my pilates instructor.
I had my first consultation at the beginning of my second trimester. Safiah assessed me and designed a programme specifically to match my needs. It consisted of strengthening and stretching exercises. I made sure I practiced this diligently each week. I continued this until the third trimester and then had my second consultation over Skype. Safiah tweaked the routine in the third trimester. It had more stretching than strengthening exercises, and then as I approached week 34 of my pregnancy I gave them up entirely, stopped pelvic floor exercises and began a stretching and opening up routine. I was combining this with hip mobilisation movement on the birthing ball as well as gentle walks right up to the birth to keep my body active and encourage the baby into the right position. It worked!
When I gave birth I rested for two months and then Safiah recommended I see a pelvic floor physiotherapist before returning for the next stage in our consultations. I had a few things I needed to work on but physiotherapist was very impressed that I had no diastasis (separation of my stomach muscles) and my pelvic floor is in good shape. I am now beginning my set of recovery exercises put together for me by Safiah to begin to get my strength back and to ease the tension in my back.
I have been extremely surprised that my back has not sprained in all this time, and I am sure it is because of the carefully considered approach that Safiah has lead me throughout my pregnancy. She has been on the end of the phone when I had queries, I have felt so lucky to have been supported by such a knowledgeable and understanding professional. I strongly believe practitioners like Safiah should be recommended to all women whilst they prepare for child birth and beyond.
39 Years Old
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" She has an incredible understanding of the body
and an eagle eye for incorrect movement!
As a teacher she is patient, firm and her
attention to detail is crucial in correcting exercise positions and has ensured I get the most out of each lesson. Attending her classes has improved my own
understanding of Pilates and helped me
gain better core strength and muscle tone. "
33 years Old