Hi I’m Rebecca, mum to two lovely girls. After I had my second daughter, and after lots of false starts getting back to fitness, I found that I had a diastasis recti (abdominal separation). Even though I was working in the fitness industry, I found that the advice available about safe, and effective postnatal exercise was lacking.
I had to educate myself about the optimal exercises to do after having a baby. And now that I have that knowledge, particularly since qualifying as a Holistic Core Restore® Coach, I want to share this knowledge with other women who are struggling to strengthen their core and pelvic floor. I also want to help women who are dealing with prolapse or are trying to cope with hormonal changes associated with peri/menopause.
After having a baby, one of the biggest myths is that post your six week doctor’s check you can go back to the exercise you did before, like running, circuits, crunches and planks. However, your alignment and posture inevitably changes during pregnancy. For example, the baby weight pulls your spine forwards and tips your pelvis. Exercising on a misaligned skeleton will only exacerbate any issues.
In addition, intense exercise on an already weakened pelvic floor isn’t a great idea. It will most likely put extra strain on the area and could increase pelvic floor dysfunction like incontinence or prolapse.
This is where the Holistic Core Restore® Every Woman Programme works so well. It shows you how to re-connect with, and restore, long-forgotten muscles, how to re-align your posture to train your core and pelvic floor muscles to work optimally and at full strength and flexibility, and how to make your stomach muscles lie flat. It doesn’t matter how long ago you had your last baby. For example, complications such as diastasis recti, don’t just happen in the months after pregnancy, but often well beyond two years, and Holistic Core Restore® can help.
Holistic Core Restore® builds on my certification as a MuTu Pro, and both postnatal qualifications complement my training as a Pilates teacher.
I work with clients to get a stronger lower back, and a more optimally functioning core and pelvic floor which in turn helps to flatten the stomach. Also, Holistic Core Restore® offers a really good lifestyle balance, sensible eating, core exercises and workouts which can be modified for everyone. I believe that there is a real need for better postnatal, peri/ menopausal care and I look forward to helping as many women as possible.
I am also a qualified STOTT PILATES® instructor which is regarded as one of the world’s leaders in the Pilates field. It is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Any person of any age and fitness can benefit from Pilates; from teenagers, to the stressed office worker, professional athletes to the retired. Pilates works for everyone because everyone needs, and takes something different from it.
My qualifications and courses include:
- Holistic Core Restore® Coach
- Holistic Core Restore® Pelvic Floor & Core Foundations
- Holistic Core Restore® Third Age Woman
- MUTU Pro
- HIP Pilates (High Intensity Power Pilates)
- STOTT PILATES® Advanced Matwork
- STOTT PILATES® Intermediate Matwork
- STOTT PILATES® Essential Matwork
- Level 3 diploma in teaching Pilates
- STOTT PILATES® Prenatal Pilates
- STOTT PILATES® Postnatal Pilates
- STOTT PILATES® Posture Analysis
- STOTT PILATES® Stabilization Principles
- STOTT PILATES® Back Care
- First Aid course