Hydrotherapy is therapeutic exercise carried out in a heated pool, and can be suitable for many different conditions. Some of the benefits of Hydrotherapy include increased buoyancy and freedom of movement, decreased joint compression, decreased risk of strains or injury, increased circulation, decreased pain and improved general wellbeing.
Classes or 1:1s can often involve the use of various floats, paddles, or therapeutic equipment. These can contribute to balance training, strengthening, cardiovascular conditioning, mobility and flexibility exercises as well as influencing relaxation and psychological factors.
Hydrotherapy can benefit those recovering after injury, illness or surgery owing to its unique low-impact environment. It can contribute to less exercise soreness, better recovery and less chance of re-injury compared to land-based exercise. Hydrotherapy can particularly benefit conditions including pregnancy, osteoarthritis, joint replacements, lower limb surgery, and low back pain.
Providing you have medical clearance to start Hydrotherapy during pregnancy, it is a safe and effective way to exercise. For expectant Mums, the buoyancy experienced in Hydrotherapy provides a comfortable and unique environment to maintain health, well-being and fitness throughout the duration of pregnancy.
As well as the numerous psychological and physical benefits of exercise, the warmth and hydrostatic pressure experienced with water immersion increases peripheral circulation, reduces swelling and muscle spasm, increases comfort, and can contribute to marginally lowering blood pressure in the pregnant population. Research shows that Hydrotherapy in pregnancy can positively effect pain and discomfort levels, back pain, physiological wellbeing, stress, fatigue, mobility, and sleep.
Additionally, exercising throughout pregnancy has been shown to provide long term health benefits to you and your child. Enhanced circulation and amniotic fluid index (AFI) during water immersion means that hydrotherapy can even positively influence factors like foetus movement, breathing, heart rate, growth, and delivery size.
But best of all we know that people love it! As far as adherence and enjoyment, studies have shown that up to 98% of women would recommend aquatic exercise to other pregnant women and participate in aquatic exercise during subsequent pregnancies.
Before starting classes, you will need to attend a 1:1 Assessment with one of our Physiotherapists so they can speak to you in more detail about your pregnancy, any issues you may be experiencing, your general health, and the basics of Pilates.
We also require a signed Medical Clearance from your GP, Midwife or Obstetrician before you commence classes. We happily provide a simple template for your Doctor to complete on your behalf, and we also accept a signed letter or general Pregnancy Consent Form instead.
To book an assessment, you can: