A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of witnessing talented Elisa's ballet class Barre&Baby for mums and mums to be.
Born and educated in Italy, Elisa has over 15 years of ballet and contemporary dance experience and over 5 years of antenatal and postnatal ballet teaching experience. She is so passionate about sharing her ballet knowledge with her clients, making them at ease with ballet, irrespective of their skill levels.
Both mums to be and mums with little ones took great pleasure in performing plies, working on their posture and strengthening their form. The movements were gentle and graceful, making for amazing photographic material.
After chatting to Elisa about the benefits of her class and why her clients love coming back for more lessons, I learnt the following:
Ballet supports correct body posture, strengthening and protecting the spine as the body adjusts to the increasing weight being carried, in the womb or in your arms after the baby arrives, reducing back strain.
Ballet and barre improve physical health, supporting you throughout pregnancy, preparing your body for a healthier labour and early motherhood.
A more flexible body can better adjust to the constant changes happening inside you.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with the lovely Elisa - she is a natural born teacher! Though you better be quick, as she herself is pregnant with her third baby and will be going on maternity leave soon!