Pilates a great way for mums, babies to bond

Bodyfocus director Lizzy Gibb  works with Jo Taylor, of Campbell Town, and her four-month-old son  Rupert. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Bodyfocus director Lizzy Gibb works with Jo Taylor, of Campbell Town, and her four-month-old son Rupert. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

BABIES are getting an early introduction to Pilates, thanks to mother and child sessions at a new Launceston studio.

The Mummas and Bubbas class, at new business Bodyfocus Osteopathy and Clinical Pilates, enables busy mothers juggling newborn babies to exercise in a safe and baby-friendly environment.

Bodyfocus director Lizzy Gibb said the class was social and interactive and was a great time out for mothers and babies alike.

‘‘New mums  often have issues with neck and shoulder tightness from breastfeeding or from lugging their new baby around and they want to get their body back into shape so they can be active mums,’’ she said.

Ms Gibb said the Pilates studio, located at Jimmy’s Complex, was the city’s first combined osteopathy, remedial massage and clinical Pilates studio.

She said that clinical Pilates – which focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing – was beneficial to anyone regardless of their age or degree of health and fitness.

‘‘There’s so many long-term benefits to Pilates – I see it as a form of exercise that can really change someone’s shape, improve someone’s posture and help with flexibility, mobility, and balance – the list can go on,’’ she said.

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