I was introduced to Maites classes when my second little boy was about 8 months old. I was craving some time to look after myself a little bit again and I didn't realise how much I needed it until I started. I had almost resigned myself to my body being a little bit broken after having children but Maite taught me this wasn't the case. Her gentle but amazingly strengthening classes have been incredible for me. My core feels stronger than possibly before children and I'm learning lots of simple but brilliant ways to look after my body and mind. She is a lovely and knowledgeable teacher.
Childbirth wasn’t kind to me, two beautiful children enriched my life, but left my body in a mess - pelvic floor problems, incontinence and a 3cm diastasis rectii. I’ve been going to Maite’s classes for about 3 years, and during that time Maite has guided me safely through two rounds of pelvic floor surgery and back to good health. Careful regular VonLates sessions have slowly closed my tummy gap to less than 1cm. My pelvic floor is now in a good state and I’m able to run around and join the kids on a trampoline. I can’t recommend the program highly enough, she always has great tips on how to apply her biomechanical knowledge to every day life.
With every class I feel my body reconnecting and slowly waking up long forgotten muscles. My favourite exercise is: the roller! Using the roller to massage the front of the thigh and the one where we lie on top of it and open across the top of the back.
I loved the exercises on the foam roller focusing on stretching and relaxing my tense back and thighs because then I was ready to get the muscles working. (This is something I generally miss attending other Pilates classes.) I gained both a stronger body and mind. A life improving experience for sure!
I began the program with Maite when Charlotte was 10 weeks old and I cannot recommend the classes enough. The stretching is a wonderful relief after feeding and carrying the baby and Maite knows exactly which areas to target. In addition my core strength returned along with my waist.stretching the shoulders and upper back on the foam rollers is such a relief after breastfeeding and rocking the baby to sleep all hours of the day but the real revelation was the trigger point balls on the bottom of your foot - who knew that would feel so good!
The Program is excellent and truly caters for post natal recovery and getting back in shape. Maite knows exactly what aches and pains we have and therefore what exercises are best to make that session rejuvenating. She comes from a place of positivity and happiness that extends through her instruction. I joined this the Program as a means to an end, however this is now my favourite class and has really helped strengthen my core and improved my mobility, making my gym sessions more effective as well.