March has come in like a lion and we’re ready to send winter on its way with our amazing Pregnant in March session planned for this Saturday!
The afternoon will be jam-packed with incredible guests and activities for all of our expectant mamas.
After gathering and taking a moment to meet the other mamas in our village, we’ll welcome Melissa Snowden for a centering, calming session of pre-natal yoga.
Once we’re feeling zen and glowy, Darien Funk will visit to capture beautiful maternity portraits of each of our participants, followed by belly casting and affirmation-art creation.
The afternoon will wrap with an invigorating prenatal pilates session led by Maria Detenbeck, and a time to chat and share.
A limited number of spaces are still available for this amazing event.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We wanted to send out a big thank-you to all who attended our Winter Weaving workshop as well as to Kate from Tree Town Arts for sharing her love of weaving with us all!
With the funds generated from this workshop we are able to fully fund a birth doula for one family and pay our artist (Kate) fairly!
We had a lot of interest in this workshop. Sadly we had to turn a few away. So we're hosting Kate again for another!
April, 27th 10am-2pm. $95
All skill levels welcome!
Email email@example.com to register.
“Kegel exercise, also known as pelvic floor exercise, consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor, now sometimes colloquially referred to as the "Kegel muscles". The exercise can be performed multiple times each day, for several minutes at a time, for one to three months, to begin to have an effect.”
While pregnant, and into postpartum your health practitioner may recommend Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Although widely suggested, it is not recommended from a Yoga/Pilates Instructor perspective. Unless you have been to a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to examine your pelvic floor, you may be doing more harm than good by doing Kegels.
Kegels will NOT benefit a hypertonic (too tight) pelvic floor. Doing Kegels under these circumstances will compound your pelvic floor problems. As an alternative to kegels for pelvic floor strengthening, we recommend the following:
Moving with mindfulness for overall healthy postpartum healing. Our posture and alignment have a profound effect on our overall health pre and post baby and beyond. Keeping our bodies in a neutral alignment, avoiding slumping down when we're sitting, as this causes pressure systems in the core and pelvic floor. Remembering to roll to our side when lying down or sitting up, are a few ways to avoid a weak core and pelvic floor muscles after having your baby.
To restore proper function in the core after having a baby we must reawaken the intrinsic muscles of the trunk. If these muscles are not working properly, this can inhibit the overall function of the core muscles. Possibly causing problems in the long run. (think wearing depends at 50!!)
Breathing properly also has an adverse effect on our healing and pelvic floor health. Our bodies need to be able to expand and contract properly for the amount of work the body takes on. Practicing this breathing technique throughout the day will assist your body in the healing process. Breathing through the rib cage- inhale wide and down - exhale lifting from the pelvic floor.
Another great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles is squats. They are just about the best thing you can do postpartum. We want to remember to stay in neutral alignment. You challenge yourself by placing a small pilates ball in between your thighs to wake up the adductors. The femurs stay way back in the hips joints and we lengthen through the glutes. inhale - down - exhale up. you can also support your self-using the kitchen counter, or the back of a chair.
-Melissa & Maria
Unique reformer sessions that are exclusively designed for postpartum women to strengthen the muscles most affected by pregnancy. Return to your pre-pregnancy shape through inspired breathing and movement using the Pilates method. My approach is rooted in the classical teaching of Pilates, with a fun and magical modern twist, that allows you to improve posture, decrease stress while enhancing overall health and wellness so you can feel amazing in your body and live a more present life.
The Pilates method focuses on breath, concentration, control, centering, precision, balanced muscle development, whole body movement and relaxation.
1 session $40
5 sessions $175.00
10 sessions $340.00
Pilates Circuit Training
Pilates mat & reformer exercises
This class is perfect for those looking to connect the mind and body while creating elongated muscles , flexibility and coordination. Each class is customized to your specific needs and goals.
Pilates is an exercise system developed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. My teachings are rooted in the Classical Pilates repertoire, with a modern twist. Breath, concentration, control, centering, precision and whole body movement are the core principles of Pilates. Integrating movement into a flowing whole body experience, connecting the mind, body and spirit to create a life balance.
Rebounding boots lymphatic drainage and immune function, it helps to create circulation and oxygen throughout the body to increase energy, improves muscles tone and strength, as well as helps to improve balance.
Foam Rolling is a wonderful way to provide the body with a self massage, the roller helps to smooth out and hydrate the fascia. This oxygenates the blood and improves circulation throughout the entire body, boosting lymphatic drainage and flushing out toxins from the body. The roller also helps to lubricate the joints, reduces inflammation in the body while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Foam rolling the skin and muscles helps the skin to look and feel more supple and youthful.
$45.00 per session
5 Circuit training sessions $200.00
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
**Medical clearance from your primary care provider is required before starting any postpartum fitness with Huron Birth.
I remember being pregnant in July. I can't say it was my favourite time to be pregnant. The heat, the swelling, the sweat, oh dear! I do have some fond memories none the less- the beach, the garden, and iced tea!
So our team has dreamed up a little self-care day for all the expecting mothers out there this July! Diana Lythia will lead a pre-natal yoga class, we will have mocktails, belly casting, painting, professional photos and a Dancing For Birth™ class taught by Amanda Yearley.
This event is open to all expecting women and is FREE!
Thursday, July, 5th, 6-9pm
We had so much fun this past Saturday at the Mamas & Makers event at the Huron County Museum! Not only did we have a lot of fun but we were also able to generate funds for our Maternal Outreach Fund! We wanted to give a big shoutout to everyone who helped make this an AWESOME event as well as share some pictures that Laurie took.
Special thanks to...
The Goderich Makers Market, Mercantile & Creative Space for helping us put together this event.
To the Hive of Bayfield for setting up the beautiful Photo Booth area.
Courtney Henry for her amazing face painting skills.
To Lynda from Themusicjamfactory.
A big thanks to Mike from The Trusted Tradesmen for his loose parts play set up!
To Jennifer Reaburn for her fun yoga class!
Lastly, to Miss Aimee from The Music Box for her exciting music class!
Also... a HUGE thank-you to the vendors and to everyone who came out!!!
Amanda has finished her Dancing For Birth training and is excited to start up her first class!
This class is uplifting, fun & educational! It's an awesome way for expecting Mothers to prepare for childbirth, stay active, have fun & meet some other expecting Mothers. Discover how functional movement can ease birth. Expect childbirth education to give you the knowledge and confidence to trust your body and your baby to go through birth together.
*Postpartum women are encouraged to attend as well! This class is gentle enough to participate postpartum with your babe. We so value having women on the other side of the birth to share and journey with!
May, 23rd- June 27th
68 main street south Exeter. 7-8:30.
100 dollars for 6 weeks, 20 dollars drop in.
Email email@example.com for more info.
Laurie had the honour of attending to this beautiful family as their doula. Laurie has a ton of photography experience and is quite skilled. So when she became a doula... birth photography was a natural step for her.
Her lovely doula client & her family has consented to Laurie sharing some of the images she took from sweet Aengus' birth. We love this mighty family & are so thankful to witness them.
Stay tuned for more from Laurie in the photography world.
Lots of love to the L family!
At Huron Birth, we're all about the village. We know how enriched our lives (& our family's lives) are when we live in community & help each other out. We have a lot of amazing women in our lakeside community that are forever uplifting, helping & inspiring us. We think it's time to recognize them!
Amanda has come up with an awesome idea to do just that... The Huron Heroine. We're asking you to nominate an everyday heroine in your life! Tell us why she is an amazing person. Who do you know that has made a big impact? We want to celebrate them!
We will take nominations until May, 15th and then draw a winner at random from the submissions. The Huron Heroine & her nominator will win a photoshoot with Laurie, have hair styled by Amanda (who also happens to be an amazing professional hair stylist) & make-up by Sara. The Huron Heroine & her nominee will get to choose the location for their photoshoot and will receive pictures together and separate.
This is open to all women! Mothers, aunts, grandmas, sisters, neighbours, friends, & strangers who make the world a better place. Let's celebrate the beautiful women in our community!
Our Strong as a Mother kicked off this week & we couldn't be more thrilled. There's an amazing group of women, our instructor Maria is so knowledgeable & uplifting, the space is gorgeous and the children are such a joy.
The lovely Darien Funk dropped by today and took some photos of the class. How great are these?!
A big thank-you to this amazing group of women, Maria, Amanda & Darien!
We have space for some drop-ins on Wednesday. Send us an email if you're interested in trying out some classes.
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