“Aquanatal” classes are a water-based exercise in pregnancy – similar to aqua aerobics. The main differences are these classes are only for pregnant women, and the exercises are tailored to suit the pregnant body.
Hi, i’m Sarah and I work as a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist. I treat pregnant ladies with pelvic, back and rib pain, which accounts for up to 50% of my clinic. I have been leading aquanatal classes for over 5 years now, and the feedback I receive is fantastic.
How does it work?
When you are chest deep in water (water to top of bump) your body weight is reduced by up to 75%. This means your feel lighter, more supported and move more easily than when you are on dry land. During an aquanatal class you can therefore work on your fitness, stamina, strengthening and stretching in a more comfortable way – especially as your bump grows!
The resistance the water provides also means that each movement makes the muscles work 7 x harder in the pool, making a shorter work out very effective.
What are the benefits of Aquanatal classes?
The benefits of exercise in pregnancy are extensive for both mum and baby, and improved stamina has been documented to help in labour! I am keen to help women exercise safely and at a level of intensity suitable to the individual.
Aquanatal classes are great for ensuring that you remain active during pregnancy, without the need for long walks or trips to the gym. Plus, you get to meet other mums-to-be.
NEW classes are coming to Trafford during Spring/ Summer.
Places must be booked in advance, and please contact me for further information: [email protected]
Or, please visit the facebook page: @eveningaquanatal for further details.