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Postnatal Pilates in Leicestershire






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My Leicestershire based mother-and-baby postnatal classes provide a unique combination of safe and effective exercises specifically designed to tackle those changes that your body has undergone during pregnancy. Drawing heavily on Pilates and using foam rollers, resistance bands, and body weight exercises, BouncingBack focuses on the post pregnancy tummy, improves posture and strengthens the pelvic floor. These postnatal classes are the perfect path back into exercise and are suitable from 6-8 weeks post-pregnancy (subject to your GP’s approval). Based in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, these postnatal Pilates classes combine indoor exercise with the great outdoors, to give you and your baby/ies a breath of fresh air.
A great range of play gyms, play nests, play pens and baby toys is available in class, to keep the little ones entertained and to ensure that you get as much out of your postnatal exercise as possible. Afterwards, why not relax with a complimentary cuppa and have a sociable chat with the other mums? We round off by 11.30am, so it makes for a morning’s worth of fun.

If you can’t find all the information you need here, then please feel free to get in touch using the “We’d love to hear from you!” page. 


Courses start in January, April, July and September and run for the duration of term time (apart from the summer course) on Tuesdays at 9.45am and at 11.45am (numbers permitting - just check with me beforehand please): this enables me to progress the exercises over the period (yes, that means work you harder!) and it also ensures that I am aware of any medical restrictions (back trouble, joints, postnatal complications etc.) that people might have on the course, as everyone fills in a confidential medical screening form beforehand.


BouncingBack - my postnatal Pilates in Leicestershire - takes place in the lovely new Woodhouse Community Hall, LE12 8TZ, set in beautiful countryside just south of Loughborough.



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How Much

The cost of each BouncingBack course depends on the number of weeks the course is running for eg a 10 week course costs £85 and for this you get:

  • A lovely range of play gyms, play nests, toys, books, “Bumbos” and play pens available in class to keep your baby entertained.
  • A complimentary natural cotton shopping bag filled with information about, lots of interesting products and services.
  • A selection of teas, fruit infusions, low calorie hot chocolate and decaffeinated Nespresso to choose from when you have your post-exercise cuppa! Not to mention the homemade natutral chocolates that i often bring to class…
  • The opportunity to meet and socialize with other mothers, making my postnatal classes a morning’s worth of fun!
  • The possibility of catching up on missed classes by coming along to classes on other days of the week (space permitting).


"A real plus that I could take baby with me. I enjoyed the variety of exercises and equipment and felt “pushed” but at a good pace. I definitely feel the benefits and the quality of teaching was high. Jo was very well qualified and able to advise"
Fiona, Primary School Teacher

Sign up for BouncingBack postnatal Pilates

I do hope you like the sound of BouncingBack. To sign up simply:

  • Click on “registration form” which you will find in the menu down the left hand side of this screen
  • Fill in this online medical screening form
  • Click “submit registration”
  • Sit back and wait for me to get in touch with you to give you all the information you need before coming along to your first class

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the next course start?

A. If you go to “Timetable and Availability” or the “Events Calendar” you will find dates of forthcoming courses.

Q. When can I start your postnatal Pilates, BouncingBack course?

A. It all depends on what sort of pregnancy and birth you have had but the key rule for everyone is that you must have already had a satisfactory 6 week post natal check up with your GP. - following a pregnancy free of complications and a normal, vaginal delivery you may safely join BouncingBack after your 6 week check-up - if you have had a caesarean section you should wait a minimum of 8 weeks before exercising and I will provide alternative, more gentle exercises during the first few weeks of the course.


Q. What sort of clothes should I wear when doing these postnatal classes?

A. You are best off wearing loose clothing, such as a tracksuit or gym wear, which allows freedom of movement. Although this is a non-impact class, it is still worth wearing a bra that provides good support, especially if you are breastfeeding. Trainers are needed for when we go outdoors.


Q. I have an older pre-school child. May I bring him/her along to BouncingBack?

A. This class is really only suitable for mums with babies up to about 12 months. Babies who are not yet crawling can use the play gyms and nests whilst older babies use the play pens, play with the toys that I bring along or have little snacks that their mums have prepared.


Q. Is it a problem if my baby cries in class?

A. Of course not! This is a very easy-going class and you can stop and start as necessary to feed, comfort, cuddle and hug your baby. I will also help out by giving your little one new toys and books to play with, so that you can get as much done as possible.


Q. I have backache. Is BouncingBack suitable?

A. It is ideal. This course uses Pilates techniques and focuses specifically on strengthening your back and abdominals, as well as on posture. It can, therefore, be particularly beneficial for those suffering from back pain. I would, however, suggest that you use the FREE 7 DAY CLASS PASS to have a go and see how you get on.

Q. I am still pregnant. May I already book onto BouncingBack?

A. Lots of mums-to-be book onto my courses during their pregnancy. It is, however, on the understanding that you must have had your 6 week check-up before joining the course. If you miss the first few sessions, I ease you into the course gently, with appropriate alternative exercises.

Q. Your current course is already running. May I join partway through?

A. Of course you may, as long as there’s space – check out “Timetable and Availability” - and you’ve had a satisfactory 6 week check-up.


Q. I had PGP (pelvic girdle pain) in pregnancy and am still experiencing a bit of pain. Is BouncingBack appropriate?

A. Most (but not all) PGP sufferers report reduced pain following BouncingBack sessions. The best thing is to sign up on the right hand side for your FREE 7 DAY CLASS PASS and try a class to see how you get on.


Q. My abdominals feel really soft and squidgy since having a baby. Will BouncingBack help?

A. Yes! BouncingBack will help to shorten and strengthen your abdominals which have been stretched and weakened during pregnancy. If you feel that during pregnancy you have also accumulated fat over the top of your abdominals, then pairing up BouncingBack with a cardiovascular and resistance workout such as BuggyBabies, will help to increase your metabolism and burn more energy, leading to fat loss.


Q. Where is BouncingBack held?

A. BouncingBack takes place in Woodhouse Community Hall, LE12 8TZ. This is just south of Loughborough, in Leicestershire.


Q. What do the babies do during BouncingBack?

A. They sleep, play on the play mats, sit in the Bumbos and the play nests watching, and sometimes… they cry! But don't worry because nobody minds and it's all very relaxed.


Q. I have got painful wrists. Is BounceBack suitable?

A. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common complaint related to pregnancy and beyond. Certain exercises will be adapted for you, so that you are comfortable. Sometimes the wrist pain is too severe, in which case, you would need to stop the course and you would receive a refund for the remaining sessions.

Q. What do I need to bring with me to BouncingBack classes?

A. Make sure you've got your gym gear and trainers with you, your outdoor clothes to keep both you and your baby warm in winter when we do an outdoor warm up, a water bottle and everything that you normally take with you for your baby – that's it!


Q. What happens if I miss a class?

A. If you miss a class you are very welcome to come along to any other suitable class on another day (numbers permitting) so as to catch up. Just let me know that you are coming!


Q. Oh boo! You haven’t got my question here!

A. That’s no problem at all. Just get in touch with me via the “We’d love to hear from you!” page.


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