Sandi Gale is an osteopath and teaches Stott Pilates. The Pilates method of exercise was developed in Germany in the early 20th century. Stott Pilates adheres to the basic principles of the method. These include breathing, Pilatesconcentration and fluidity of movement.

The aim is to re-train the body out of old postural muscle holding habits, which create tension, poor posture and restrict efficient movement. Pilates leaves no muscle overworked, underworked or misused. This allows “perfect symmetry”, or more balanced and efficient postural movement patterning.

Training the deep stabilising muscles first, the transversus abdominus, multifidus and pelvic floor muscles, and learning correct breathing patterns, gives a strong centre or “core” from which to move.

Pilates lengthens the spine to counteract compression and wear and tear on the joints caused by postural habits, muscle imbalance or injury, whilst also preventing excessive stiffness or flexibility in any one area aided by correct breathing patterns. Pilates is used for:

improving posture and ease of movement
injury rehabilitation
pregnancy and postnatal
improving sport fitness and performance


Pilates is a safe and effective non-impact exercise activity during pregnancy and post natal.

During pregnancy, the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are put under increasing strain as your baby grows bigger. At the same time, the hormone relaxin is making the ligaments more pliable. Your ligaments are likely to stretch more than normal and if you overload them you may injure yourself.

During pregnancy, your abdominal muscles are stretched over your growing baby and if they’re weak, you may develop back or pelvic pain. Your weakened pelvic floor muscles may become less supportive to your bowel, bladder and uterus and move lower down into your pelvis under your baby’s weight.

Because Pilates targets the abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, the exercises can work well for you during pregnancy.

After birth, the focus is on regaining abdominal/pelvic stability, posture and muscle tone.
“Being fit will help you feel well and relaxed during pregnancy and labour, and speed your recovery after the birth. Moderate physical activity taken regularly during pregnancy is safe and beneficial for most women.

Problems like these are so common in pregnancy that they are often considered normal. This should not mean that you need to suffer! Pain or discomfort is a sign that your body is struggling and needs help.

Osteopathy can help to provide relief from numerous pregnancy related aches and pains – if you’d like to discuss

Our objective is to help to improve your quality of life, allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy. The safety of mother and baby is our primary concern, and osteopaths are highly trained to deal with antenatal issues. Gentle osteopathic techniques are perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy.