About Centred Mums
We run Pilates and Wellbeing services in St Albans and online.
Our sole intention is to spread the word to all women that pregnancy and postnatal exercise, wellness and nutrition is VITAL and LIFE CHANGING. The way you treat your body during the pregnant and postnatal years is something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. We want to teach as many women as we can how to look after their pregnant and postnatal bodies and how to connect to their body to enable them to exercise safely, effectively and in a way that is sustainable for the rest of their lives.
Our classes and online courses are for you if you want to:
* have a holistic approach to your health, addressing your movement patterns, your nutrition and your mindset
* reduce your risk of Pelvic Girdle Pain, lower back pain and general aches and pains from pregnancy and the postnatal period
* connect with your pelvic floor and core to help you avoid or work with any pelvic floor dysfunction or diastasis recti,
* feel supported and empowered by understanding your body better
* learn about your body and understand what will serve you and what won’t
* learn exercises that will help you during your pregnancy and postnatal recovery
* prepare for a positive birth experience, whatever type of birth that is
* have access to our directory of local experts to support you during your pregnancy and beyond
* meet other mums and mums to be
We are trained as Women’s Wellness Specialists with The Center for Women’s Fitness – the highest standard in pregnancy and postnatal exercise and between us have a whole host of training in the area of women’s health including with Burrell Education, The Active Birth Centre and The Guild of Pre and Postnatal Exercise. We are passionate about women’s health and have successfully rehabilitated Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, Pelvic Girdle Pain, sciatica, sacroiliac joint problems, disc issues and general back pain in the pre and postnatal period. We want to connect with you if you are pregnant or have EVER been pregnant (even if that was 20 years ago!) and are looking for advice and support in how best to stay active and connected to your body. If you have abdominal separation, pelvic floor issues (a little bit of wee is NOT normal!), are unsure how to manage pain when exercising then please get in touch as we believe we can help you!
I highly recommend Grace's prenatal pilates classes, her expertise and passion have helped me learn a lot about my body during pregnancy. Grace takes a tailored approach, whether in person or via online classes. Centred Mum's have been a great support during covid-19 lockdown, swiftly rearranging to online classes, supplying equipment, offering hypnobirthing classes, and holding weekly informative talks which keep a great community feeling.
- Jo Willson
Grace's classes have been fantastic in helping me recover from my second c-section and lower-back pain I've been experiencing. Grace has really helped me to understand the fundamentals of re-building my core strength properly and at the right pace, all within a really friendly, supportive environment. I didn't realise how important this kind of rehabilitation is for my body until I started the classes and it really was one of the best decisions I made during my maternity leave!
- Jenny Austin
Grace is a brilliant teacher - patient, intuitive and supportive. She really knows her stuff and is obviously passionate about a holistic and highly personalised approach. It was the perfect re-entry into exercise after having children and I only wish I’d started with her earlier. Her classes cater to all abilities and are an oasis of calm in an often chaotic week. I also think the transition to online classes has been really smooth. I don’t know how she manages to give her class attendees so much individual attention through those small Zoom screens but she does!
- Zoe C
I have been attending Graces postnatal pilates class now for nearly a year and a half since the arrival of my twins and just wish I’d known about her before I had my first child. I’ve learnt so much about my body, how to improve my core strength along with every day tips and quick exercises that even busy mumS can do. Her additional classes on her website allow you to access all of the videos at a time which suits you, and again are very informative, personal and varied. I love the small classes, the attentiveness of Grace herself to remember everyone’s own personal issues ensuring she adapts elements which may not be suitable, helping to build trust and confidence in her clients. The additional services she has also provided during the lockdown period, tailoring her classes to move online and adding additional seminar on relevant topics, shows Graces professionalism and passion for what she does.
- Rachel S
I’ve seen so many Pilates teachers but Grace is the best by far. Both pregnancy and post natal classes (with & without baby) are incredible and she is able to tailor classes really well to your needs. She genuinely cares and is so helpful for general health & wellbeing advice. You won’t regret giving her classes a go!
- Hannah Thomas
I highly recommend! I have done 3 terms of postnatal mums and baby classes and have found them to be a crucial part of my postnatal recovery. I only wish I had known about her classes during my pregnancy. Grace is a wonderful teacher who is very knowledgeable and supportive. She has done a fantastic job adapting to the current circumstances of Covid 19 by creating brilliant online classes and providing lots of helpful materials relating to pregnancy and women’s health.
- Stephanie Hughes
I highly recommend Grace as an expert Pilates teacher. I have been fortunate enough to attend her postnatal (mum and baby) classes, which have been incredibly helpful to restore the postnatal body. Her classes are well-structured, using a range of small equipment whilst working on the mat. Her expertise, care and precision to improve your technique and form makes the classes really effective and enjoyable. Grace's instructions are really clear, and she is quick to provide helpful corrections, as well as giving modifications. As a side note, Grace's online Zoom Pilates sessions have been wonderfully restorative, and she has been so generous and thoughtful to her clients during this unprecedented time.
- Sally S
I’ve really enjoyed the course. The videos are so useful for keeping up practice and ideas. Also the clips with professionals are great for adding specialist insight to recovery. Especially for c section.
I have really enjoyed your expertise at constructing tailored pilates exercises for individual post-natal recovery, especially recovering from a c section. I’ve also really valued the holistic approach to wellbeing which the course has provided, drawing from a range of specialists in post-natal care. The videos (filmed at the pace of the class) provide prompts to practice in your own time to support the re-strengthening process.
Basically, I’ve loved it. I reckon the NHS should fund your course for all women post-natally, but especially those who’ve had a c section.
- Jane R
I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done to help me feel connected to myself again. This is the happiest post-pregnancy start I have ever had and that’s saying something after having the Twins!
You’ve done a brilliant job of providing a holistic and easily accessible care package for new mums. It has transformed how I feel about myself and the way you have put it together works really well for me because I can actually find the time to do some of it during the week after our class together.
- Jo McMennim
Grace's classes are excellent, she is super knowledgable, and gives amazing personal attention. I didn't get around to coming to her post natal plus classes until my daughter was 7, and I wish I hadn't waited so long! However, the classes have really helped me, and I've thoroughly enjoyed them. I would recommend Centred Mums classes whole heartedly
- Amanda Lanchbery