Pregnancy and Post-natal at Core:
At Core we offer a variety of services to support the pregnant and postnatal woman and her baby:
These can all be booked online here, by phone or email.
A deeply nurturing, relaxing experience which is designed to ease away pregnancy related aches and pains while enabling the mum-to-be to sink into a peaceful, relaxed state. It is tailored entirely to your needs and your stage in pregnancy and can help to treat more pregnancy-specific issues (e.g ribcage/back/ pelvis pain, oedema, carpal tunnel, etc.).
Some benefits of pregnancy massage:
Promote relaxation and better sleep
Reduce oedema and blood pressure, relieve varicose veins, increase circulation
Help to balance body systems
Help develop flexibility and body awareness to help during birth
Can help towards a shorter, less painful, childbirth with fewer interventions
The therapists trained in pregnancy massage with Knotstressed, Edinburgh.
Similarly to pregnancy massage, postnatal massage is a nurturing, relaxing experience tailored entirely to your needs. Postnatal massage can help to: give emotional support, alleviate muscle strain, promote pelvic floor healing, rebalance the spine and pelvis, restore and normalise abdominal structures, help C-section healing, restore normal walking patterns, and prevent and reduce back and neck pain caused by newborn care. Baby is welcome to come too.
The therapists trained in post-natal massage with Knotstressed, Edinburgh.
Pilates in Pregnancy
Pilates can be very helpful during and after pregnancy. Providing your pregnancy is relatively straight-forward, there is no reason why you cannot continue to do Pilates up to your due date (and beyond!).
Some of the benefits of practicing Pilates in pregnancy include:
Increased abdominal strength helping support the spine
Strengthened pelvic floor muscles
Improved posture to help prevent back problems and general aches and pains
Improved circulation reducing chance of varicose veins and leg cramps
Increased stamina and energy
Faster postnatal recovery
Aiding breathing in labour
The group class setting also gives you the opportunity to meet other pregnant mums-to-be and gives you some time for discussion of things like birth preparation, optimal foetal positioning, etc if you wish. The studio class is on a Tuesday at 6.30pm but it can also be accessed via Zoom if you prefer. Bookings can be made on the online booking system or by email or phone. One-to-one Pilates sessions are also available.
Mum and Baby Pilates
Some of the benefits of practicing Pilates postnatally include:
increased abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscle strength
helping support the spine
helping muscles regain shape more quickly
increased stamina and energy
improved posture to help prevent back problems and general aches and pains
faster postnatal recovery
preparing the body for return to other forms of exercise
helping to deal with split rectus abdominal muscles
helping to rehabilitate abdominal muscles post C-section
helping improve weak pelvic floor to address incontinence/urgency
The mum and baby class is suitable for mums with their baby aged 6 weeks (or 12 weeks after a c-section) to 1 year. Bring a mat for you and a blanket for your baby to lie on and a couple of wee toys to play with. The focus is on safely strengthening pelvic and abdominal muscles and mobilising the back. Postnatal issues can be discussed and the class can help to work on rehabilitating weak pelvic floor to address incontinence/urgency and on helping rehabilitate diastasis recti (split abdominal muscles). The class is run to fit as much work in to the session as possible so you get the most benefit from your time in class each week. Baby can either sleep, lie on the mat and watch or can be incorporated into the movements. The class is flexible so you are able to feed, change and comfort your baby whenever you need to. You can come into the studio or join via Zoom if you prefer. The class has a maximum of 8 mums in the studio. Bookings can be arranged on the online booking system or by email or phone . One-to-one Pilates sessions are also available.
Come and join this wonderful course; a powerful combination of baby massage, baby yoga, sensory stimulation, shiatsu, relaxation and singing. Every week we include a gentle relaxation exercise for the grown-ups, sing our way through some fabulous yoga stretches and massage strokes, discover useful acupressure points for baby ailments and soothe baby with a lullaby.
Benefits of baby massage include:
* helping to stimulate sensory development
* improving baby sleep patterns
* helping to relieve wind and colic
*giving parents new ways to interact and bond with their babies
* accelerated brain and visual development in newborns
(Royal College of Midwives - Revealing the Evidence behind the Magic of Touch)
Singing and rhyming with babies is also an important precursor to emotional well-being and educational success
(Sally Goddard Blythe, Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology)
Suitable for pre-crawling babies from birth. Multiple births welcome, cost is per family.
Oil is provided - just bring a blanket/towel and your baby!
The class is run on a 6 week block basis. Get in touch to go on the waiting list for a space on the next course in late August/early September.
The instructor trained in Relax & Sing baby massage & yoga with Knotstressed, Edinburgh, a Royal College of Midwives accredited training course.