This month’s post for the health and wellness series is from Hannah Brown of Holistic Body Focus.

It takes nine months for a woman to develop and nurture a new life and her body must undergo many complex and amazing changes. The impact of birth physically and emotionally is huge and the journey beyond into motherhood will be unique to each mum! All of this will manifest and play a major role in her physical being and recovery.

As women go through this time period where their bodies are adapting continuously, post natal Pilates can teach new mums how to connect with their body gently and effectively whilst embracing all the ongoing changes that are happening.


Here’s a mind blowing fact for you…

The body becomes strong by releasing. By actually softening the body through methods like stretching, fascial release and breathing, the post natal body can regain strength.

Once you can release the tissues, you then have a far better chance of strengthening them effectively. The approach is simple: First – allow tissues to heal/restore/unwind/lengthen …only then can you … strengthen.

So the wonderful news is you can give yourself permission to indulge in the gentleness! We often encourage mums to observe their babies’ movement patterns and notice how effortless they move – ‘Move like your baby!’

The other really important principle in exercising is our breath. Breathing is an involuntary action that keeps us alive – we don’t have to think about it! However there is an intrinsic relationship between the breath and the pelvic floor. Positive and healthy breath patterns will naturally restore the pelvic floor and core function in a way that exercise alone will NEVER manage. So bringing some conscience to the way we breathe can have a really positive impact on our physical bodies.


‘Once post natal… always post natal’.

You have had a baby…that will always be a fact through the rest of your life! My hope is to create a safe and effective way for women to rediscover their postnatal bodies and learn to love the changes that have taken place whilst they were busy creating new life! This is an opportunity for them to gain an understanding about their bodies that they never had before. This new found knowledge and growing stability and strength stands them in good stead not only for the immediate time with their baby but for the long term – LIFE!


Come and trial a class and meet other mums and babies!

Hannah teaches Postnatal Pilates at Fresh Ground (68 Battersea Rise) on Fridays 11.45-12.45. Enjoy a taster class for £10 with the code HBFPN10 when booking online

She also offers home visits for private lessons.

Holistic Body Focus was set up by Hannah Brown. Hannah trained as a dancer and found Pilates to be an integral part of her training, helping her to improve her technique and maximise her potential. As she sustained various injures along the way, she experienced the value of rehabilitative Pilates which helped her to not only return to full strength but to become even stronger!

The repertoire of Pilates based exercises is vast and allows for classes with plenty of variety.  With other influences such as Yoga and Gyrotonics, Hannah prides herself on offering classes that are different each week, tailoring them to who she has on the mat in front of her; offering a person centred approach.


Holistic Body Focus is offering Clapham Mums an exclusively 10% off 5 & 10 Pilates Passes using the discount code HBFCM1O.

Telephone: 07795 217720




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