8 weeks post partum, I can now truly say that Shapes pre-natal along with your guidance has been critical and essential through pregnancy, birth and recovery.
Having my first baby at 40 and having discovered Shapes during the pandemic, I wanted to be able to continue with my practice daily with an accessible, effective and time efficient platform. The Shapes online pre-natal pilates did all of this and so much more! What amazed me was that the pre-natal pilates was in many ways more challenging and effective than I could have imagined (even compared to the non pre natal classes!) because I had to slow down and really focus on every movement. I honestly felt that you were in the living room with me everyday because your familiar voice with the way you teach is so clear and personal, I felt as though we were having a 1:1 private session. As always, you were there with any questions that I had and gently, yet encouragingly supported me through the special 9 months. Without doubt, this preparation meant I was in the best shape that I could be to have my dream of a home birth in just under 5 hours! Like me, I am sure that many of your members feel anxious at times by the impact pregnancy and birth can have on your body. I can hand on heart say that everything is possible with the right intention and the right people around you, and you were one of them! The midwifes were amazed that I was able to have a gentle birth, with no tears and incredibly no separation of the abs – I know that the pre natal Shapes program was a huge contributing factor. As a bonus, I am now back to “pre-pregnancy shape” and even a little lighter. I will continue the pre-natal Pilates under your advice as I regain strength in the fourth trimester and look forward to being stronger than ever.
Thank you Paola for putting your heart and soul into every class, showing the way and making dreams possible.