When it comes to teaching pre and postnatal, and for me in particular Pilates instruction for these populations, it’s both simple and scary all at the same time.
Well, once you know the limitations or boundaries of what’s safe and what’s not for the pre/postnatal client, it’s like there’s a simple line that you just don’t cross.
There are exercises you’ll feel comfortable teaching to your prenatal groups and other movements you’ll find are more appropriate for 1-2-1 situations.
Well, let me tell you a little story of one particular pregnancy Pilates course I instructed recently which had 12 participants booked on the 6-week course.
And, would you believe, 7 clients had these pre-existing injuries/issues:
- Client 1 – knee surgery – preventing her from being on her hands and knees entirely
- Client 2 – pelvic girdle pain – affecting the SI joint (sacro-iliac joint)
- Client 3 – pelvic girdle pain – affecting the pubis symphysis (pubic bone)
- Client 4 – carpal tunnel syndrome – preventing her wrists to be in flexion
- Client 5 – sciatica – resulting in shooting pains from the glutes down the back of each leg when seated for long periods and requiring crutches to walk even short distances
- Client 6 – fourth grade placenta previa – requiring Doctor’s Consent before exercise
- Client 7 – hypermobility – requiring modifications throughout and the client to wear wrist splints
As you can see – it was one tough session to teach, but, with a bit of tweaking here and there, I did actually manage it.
Please don’t let me put you off teaching pregnancy Pilates – I’m just giving you a window into my life as a Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert who has the experience and know-how.
You can see from the list of injuries/medical conditions above, that it wasn’t an easy class to teach, but, I managed it.
There are some things you only learn from experience, and if you’ve set up a pregnancy Pilates class previously, only to watch it fail, please get in touch.
I can help you market your services, prepare your first class and give you the support you desperately need.
I wish there was someone out there like me when I first started out on my pre/postnatal journey.
Don’t be shy – come forward if you have a question about getting qualified, insured and/or anything pre/postnatal-related.