Turtle Tums is the name of our specialist aqua-natal yoga course developed in association with Birthlight Aqua-Natal Yoga.
Aqua-yoga is the IDEAL form of exercise for pregnant women, irrespective of your level of fitness. You’ll experience numerous physical and emotional benefits from attending Turtle Tums classes:
- The ability to carry out intense exercise with low impact stress
- Increases the efficiency of the nervous system
- Improves blood flow to the pelvic area
- Detoxifies and moves fluids
- Stimulates the receptors to the skin
- Promotes hormonal balance
- Increases oxygen supply to match increase in blood volume and cardiac output
- Strengthens the muscles and keeps the spine straight and supple
- Maintain flexibility of the spine and joints.
- Facilitates bonding between mother and baby
- Promotes positive feelings and alleviates anxiety and depression
- The water offers a cooling, discrete and comfortable environment for exercise in late pregnancy
- Tension release, relaxing, calming, pleasurable and fun!
Aqua natal exercise is great during pregnancy, helping to maintain your fitness and strength whilst controlling your weight too. Maintaining fitness during pregnancy will help you cope better with the birth and speed your return to full fitness following birth.
To achieve fitness, your skeletal, muscle and nervous systems work in unison to provide the co-ordination, energy and sufficient oxygen required. The fantastic thing about water is that whilst your body is submerged all these systems can work better together, in a more integrated way, than on land.
In addition to these fantastic benefits our Turtle Tums classes are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded mums-to-be, while having a safe and enjoyable workout. You may even arrange to join a Turtle Tots baby class together and continue your new friendships.
"I attended Turtle Tums when I was pregnant with my third baby Henry and just wished there had been classes like this around when I was pregnant with my older two! I started classes when I was 33 weeks pregnant and after just one class, I felt the best I had felt in my whole pregnancy."
"The exercises we do in the classes ensure that every muscle groups in your body has been used and the dynamic poses ensure fantastic but safe stretching…you feel like you are floating afterwards, and all your aches and pains have disappeared …as the week went on I couldn't wait for my next class!"
"The classes are relaxing but also high energy at times and I particularly loved the way the swims were all adapted for pregnancy, ensuring a good level of cardiovascular exercise too. You don’t have to be a strong swimmer and actually during pregnancy you are so buoyant (with all the amniotic fluid) that swimming is effortless within the supportive environment of water."
"We also did lots of posture work with spinal alignment at the wall…this really helped me maintain good posture during and after birth. However the best thing about Turtle Tums classes is that they help get your unborn baby into the correct position for birth. Wonderful - particularly as my first baby was back to back. As a result of the Turtle Tums classes, Henry was in a great position and therefore the birth was a lot easier!"
"At the classes I also met a great bunch of mums-to-be and when our babies were all born we joined the Turtle Tots baby classes together. It’s great to catch up over coffee and cake - which we’ve really deserved after burning 250 calories in each class!"
Please contact your local office to join Turtle Tums and book onto a course.