HEALTH & BEAUTY Pilates? I thought you said

pie and lattes! With the rise in modern technology and the decline in physical activity, as a society we tend to sit more, often staring at a screen or monitor which can result in poor posture and aches and pains as we stiffen up.

In a bid to tackle posture related problems and improve stability and flexibility, Liberty Physiotherapy offer a number of classes for all abilities including Pilates and Core Stability. They are also launching ante/postnatal Pilates for pregnant ladies or new mums.

You might have heard of Pilates, but what exactly is it?

Pilates targets the deep postural muscles beneath the abdomen. The floor-based exercises stretch different parts of the body from the neck to the pelvis to improve postural control and awareness, aid flexibility and promote correct alignment – all of which can help alleviate pain.

Pilates is recommended for shoulder, hip, or low/mid back

pain due to its low-impact but high efficiency exercise techniques and is also beneficial during and after pregnancy.

How can Pilates help in pregnancy?

When you’re growing a new life in your tummy, pregnancy is not the time to build muscle around your abdomen. But it’s really important to keep your core muscles strong to support your posture and changing shape.

The exercises are focused on the pelvic floor muscles, abdominals and back muscles which are very important when it comes to childbirth. While keeping the muscles throughout the body, especially core muscles, strong, toned and connected, Pilates also helps improve balance, strength and coordination and can greatly reduce any pregnancy aches and pains. Pilates classes can be commenced six weeks postnatal or after 12 weeks following caesarian section.

So there are no pies

or lattes involved? All of the classes at Liberty are directed by

musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Elaine Bradshaw, and fitness instructor/rehabilitation technician, Georgina Hampshire. Both have APPI certification and specialise in mat work Pilates which helps people with musculoskeletal problems

Pilates Classes

Run by APPI instructors Elaine and Georgina

Hollowgate House, Hollowgate,

Rotherham S60 2LD Tel: 01709 837752


10 5.30pm, 6.45pm MONDAY 1pm, 2.15pm, 5.30pm


manage their aches and pains. Both Elaine and Georgina use equipment to improve balance and stability including rubber bands and foam rollers which aid the many different moves repeated throughout the classes.

Helen’s story

Having always worked in the fitness industry, 38-year-old Helen is used to keeping fit and healthy. But after the birth of her daughter three years ago, she changed to a more sedentary job.

Due to long periods of sitting, Helen developed shortening of the hip and a pulled back muscle which couldn’t be relieved through physiotherapy; a physiotherapist friend suggested she try Pilates at Liberty.

“When I first joined in December I couldn’t even lift my heel to my bottom during the warm-up stretches. Now, the pain has gone and I feel stronger, fitter and more toned. Pilates has also kept my body strong to prevent or recover from any injuries I might get from the many sports I play.”

As a small group led by instructors within a physiotherapy environment it also means that Elaine and Georgina get to know everyone and their problems, giving advice and offering alternative exercises where needed.

Denise’s story

Due to arthritis that developed in her early 50s, Denise has had both hips replaced and came to Liberty 18 months ago as part of her recovery. With a limiting condition such as arthritis, Denise’s lack of movement meant that her muscles had weakened and she couldn’t stand, sit or walk comfortably. But she has since seen a dramatic change in her mobility and leaves the class with the feel-good factor.

“The difference I’ve seen is amazing. I’m not 100 percent there yet but I can now get on and off the floor without assistance and can walk for miles. I’ve even taken up salsa dancing which is not an easy task to do with all the hip wiggling.”

New classes COMING SOON Core Stability

Activates the abdominal and spinal muscles (girdle) to improve stabilise the spine Great for:

• Spinal support, posture control, muscle efficiency

• Pain/discomfort relief, preventing injury, bladder control, self esteem

Ante/postnatal Pilates

A great class for pregnant ladies or new mums Helps:

• Alleviate pelvic girdle pain • Change posture

• Improve core strength

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