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BellyUp @ Reform

Here is our newsletter for Mums and Mums-to-Be..bellyup1

Welcome to our inaugural BellyUp newsletter, I am hoping to make this a very informal update for all my prenatal and postnatal clients so that you are kept informed of goings on at the studio which might be of interest to you. So here goes…

As most of you know there are currently two weekly prenatal classes in the studio, a mat class with Tara on a Monday night at 7.30pm and a Stability Chair class usually with me on a Saturday morning with me at 11.30am. Both of these are very busy at the moment so I am thinking of adding a stability chair class on a Thursday evening at 8pm. I need 6 people for this to go ahead so please let me know if you are interested.

For those of you ready to start postnatal classes with your little one (6 weeks post a natural delivery, 10 weeks post a c-section), this class is moving from a Monday to a Thursday morning at 11am from Thursday 4th September. It will be a 45 minute class taught by me with tea and coffee afterwards. If you have not attended the class yet and attended prenatal classes at Reform you are entitled to a free assessment before the class to check whether you have a diastasis recti (split of the abdominal wall) and have a quick chat about any other concerns you might have. Please let me know if you would like to book in for this.

Are Jumping jacks good for your pelvic floor?! A client recently told me that she is going to a postnatal bootcamp class where they have been told that jumping jacks are good for your pelvic floor. Pilates is not bootcamp, it is a gentle but very effective way of regaining abdominal strength after having a baby. You will not sweat but you will feel great afterwards and it will help you to recover from the stress on your body of carrying and having a baby. It will also help your body deal with the demands of looking after a growing baby (without tiring you out!). If you cannot make it to a class but would like to try some recommended postnatal exercises check out the following apps at

For those of you wanting to learn more about the pelvic floor muscles and how to strengthen them up, women’s health physiotherapist Sinead O’Loughlin is coming back to the studio on Saturday 13th September at 11.30pm for a 90 minute workshop (€30) on those four very important muscles. Please email me to book in (suitable for pre and post natal mums).

Sylda is hosting a Gentlebirth workshop that same weekend, for more information on her fantastic prenatal workshops see

Also, for those of you preparing to go back to work Dearbhalla Baviera, a Professional Coach, Speaker, Consultant and Facilitator is presenting five workshops at the studio starting on Tuesday 9th September. All the information can be found here

Finally, I am thinking of organising a workshop on prenatal and postnatal nutrition in the coming weeks as well as a workshop with a lactation consultant for mums-to-be. Could you please let me know if you would be interested in either of these workshops and I will organise them assuming there is enough people interested. All workshops at the studio are open to members and non-members so please feel free to spread the word.

As always I love getting your feedback so please let me know if you have any thought or ideas as to how to improve our BellyUp pre and post natal program.

See you soon,

Kind Regards,


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September Chi Running with Catherina

Marathon legend Catherina McKiernan will be returning to Reform to hold another Chi Running Workshop on Sunday 7th September.

The day is all about learning to run efficiently, to reduce impact on the body and to prevent or clear up running related injuries. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn to run with an easy efficient style. It also ties in very well with Pilates as it emphasises the correct use of the core when running. If you would like more information please check out or scroll down to read a description of the workshop provided by Catherina.

The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 5pm and the cost is €110 per person, which can be paid on the day. If you are interested please let me know ASAP (email as there are not many places available and they will fill up fast.

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Chi Running Information from Catherina

I video tape everyone at the start of the workshop to see their style of running. Then we go inside and practice the Chirunning form focuses through a series of drills and exercises. Posture is the most important part of good running form. The beauty of learning Chirunning is that you can practice the focuses in everyday life so that they become familiar.

Then we do another drill of learning to lean the whole body forward from the ankles so that we are working with gravity in our favour as opposed to using our legs to push us forward while we run. This takes an immense amount of pressure of your legs. The next drill is to learn to keep our lower legs nice and relaxed to prevent all lower leg injuries like shin splints, calf strains etc. Then I show the group the correct arm swing and explain the best mechanics for running up and down hills.

After we have practiced the drills which takes about two hours, we go out for a nice easy relaxed 20 minute practice run, where I talk the group thorugh one focus at a time and this gives people the opportunity to get the feel of running more efficiently and with good mechanics.

The next part of the workshop is to analysis the video-tape. This is a great learning tool. Everyone has a good understanding of the whole concept at this stage and I advise what people need to practice to improve their running form. One or two changes can make a big difference and help people greatly with their running. We have a questions and answers session, where I answer a wide variety of running related questions about training, diet, footwear, breathing technique etc.

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Are you a working Mum? This workshop is for you..

Reform Pilates is delighted to announce that Dearbhalla Baviera will be coming to Reform Pilates in September to present her unique Setting Yourself Up to Succeed Workshop for Mums in the workplace.

As professional women and/or busy Mums, we often struggle trying to do it all and we rarely take the time to step back, reflect on our priorities and choices that we make and how we can set ourselves up to succeed on a daily basis – at work, at home and in our day to day lives.

Dearbhalla Baviera is a Professional Coach, Speaker, Consultant and Facilitator with a wealth of blue chip and big five management consultancy experience (15+ years). My focus and passion is in working with and developing women in business, women in transition, closing the confidence gap and making it work for women who work as well as for women who want to get back to work.

Join me and other women like you for the next Set Yourself Up to Succeed Workshop series which, I am delighted to announce, will be held at the Reform Studio in Blackrock over 4 weeks in September.
The themes covered in each workshop reflect topics that come up again and again with clients as well as in the varied research and writings on women in business and working mums.

Workshop #1 – Defining Success – by you, for you, for the next 12 months
Workshop #2 – Working with Confidence – and building your emotional resilience
Workshop #3 – Your Personal Brand – and using it to raise your profile
Workshop #4 – Crucial Conversations – how to handle those difficult conversations effectively

An additional workshop will be held specifically for mums who are due to return to work soon or have recently returned to work after maternity leave. We will discuss the specific challenges, hints and tips, as well as handling the guilt and the emotional rollercoaster that goes hand in hand with managing the transition back to work after baby number one, two or more!

Workshop #5 – Setting yourself up to successfully manage the transition back to work

Each workshop will include a short presentation, group discussion and exercises that will help you focus on yourself, where you are at the moment and capture a couple of strategies that you can put in place that will make a difference to you at home, at work and wherever else needed.
These workshops are ideal for women who are juggling it all. Do you want to focus on how to bring your best game at work – enhancing performance and productivity? And how about stepping back to think about how you set yourself up to succeed at home? Often the simple things can make a difference.

We are now taking bookings for the next Setting Yourself Up To Succeed Workshop Series:-
Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September 2014 and Tuesday 7th October for Back to Work mums from 8pm to 9.30pm at Reform Studio in Blackrock.
Price: €35 per workshop or €120 for all 4 (€150 for 5 including the Back to Work Module)

Remember – “Self care is not self indulgence. Self care is self preservation”!

To secure your place, email or call Anna Frankland ( or 0876719670)
Contact Dearbhalla Baviera ( for more information or

Clearbird Coaching and Consulting

Dearbhalla set up Clearbird Coaching and Consulting to help women to be really clear about how we can set ourselves up to succeed at work and at home and try to achieve that elusive balance or fulfilment. I believe that we are all responsible for our own choices, our own decisions. But sometimes between work, family, and life we don’t take the time and re-evaluate the choices and decisions we are making every day and check to see if there is anything we could do to make our life simpler, more effective, more productive, more satisfying or as Ariana Huffington puts it – how we can ‘Thrive’.
Dearbhalla’s strong interpersonal and communication skills have always been recognised as a key strength throughout her career and clients value her energetic, empathetic, engaging approach combined with a driven, professional and practical attitude that she brings to workshops and her coaching relationships.

Dearbhalla works with a variety of private and corporate clients which has included Deloitte, SAP, Microsoft, GE Capital, Societé Générale, various start-up and tech growth companies and individuals looking for clarity, focus and change.

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Behind Dearbhalla the Coach and Consultant

I am a mum of four who is constantly working on making it work – running my own business, being a mum, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, etc. I managed the transition back to work as a Management Consultant after maternity leave and all the challenges that involves. I stood at the crossroads while trying to figure out what changes I needed to make to create the vision of success that I had written down a number of years ago. Fitting it all in is not always easy, but I absolutely enjoy the journey and firmly believe that if you can get that clarity around what you are striving for, the simpler job is putting a plan in place to achieve it.

Some lovely ladies who have attended this workshop previously have said…
“I wish I had done this type of workshop before I went back to work after my first baby”
“Really interesting topics that made me stop and think about my priorities and where to focus my energies”
“I feel motivated to take my career up a gear”
“Very inspiring. Had me thinking about where I want to be in a year and in 20!”

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Summer in the Studio

August at Reform
The studio timetable is mainly unchanged for August with the exception of a few classes so please keep an eye on the timetable. You might be asked to come to a different class during the week if booking numbers are very low however, where possible, we hope to avoid this.
Mindfulness with Fidelma on a Thursday lunchtime will be taking a break however, but will return come September.

Autumn at Reform
We are busy planning for the Autumn with exciting new workshops, fitness programs and classes in the pipeline. We would really welcome your input to this process so please email Anna at if you would like to see any additional classes on the timetable or if you have any suggestions as to how to improve the service we provide.

Pelvic Floor Workshop
Based on the success of our June workshop with Sinead O’Loughlin, Sinead is coming back to the studio on Saturday 13th September at 11.30am for another Pelvic Floor Workshop. Please see for more information and email Anna ( to book in.

PreNatal Classes
Our prenatal classes are extremely busy at the moment so to accommodate demand we will be slightly changing the format of the Saturday morning class at 11.30am to accommodate up to 7 people. The class will be unique in that everyone will use an exo-chair with springs for resistance. This piece of apparatus is safe to use during pregnancy and offers a significant variety of exercises while at the same time challenging pelvic stability and the upper body and legs. We may add another evening class to the schedule if demand permits so please let Anna know if this would be of interest to you.

Clinical Pilates/Private Sessions
Come September Tara will be in the studio every Tuesday, Becky will be there every Wednesday morning and Anna will be there every Thursday morning to see private clients. Even if you do not have any injury concerns, a private session is a great way to master an exercise that you struggle with or obtain a home program targeted to your goals.

That’s the lot for now, we look forward to hearing your suggestions as to how to improve the studio,

See you soon

Anna and the Reform Team

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Pelvic Floor Workshop…returns to Reform

Further to the success of the June workshop, Reform Pilates is delighted to announce that women’s health physiotherapist Sinead O’Loughlin will be returning to the studio on Saturday, 13th September at 11.30am to present a workshop on the Pelvic Floor.

The most recognised word associated with pelvic floor exercise is “Kegel”, a gynaecologist who reported success with pelvic floor exercise in a group of women as far back as 1948. A Google search will bring up approximately 700,000 results, where the vast majority of instructions will be to “tighten” the pelvic floor.

The basis of Pilates is to strengthen the core and activation of the pelvic floor within this is inherent to good core control. Many men and women “cannot find” their pelvic floor however and are frequently at a loss as to why this may be and to how to progress further. Over time, the pelvic floor is subject to stress and load as a result of poor posture, childbirth, toileting or possibly even for hereditary reasons. It is highly likely that the muscles of the pelvic floor need further instruction in changing the negative tension that they hold before usual rehabilitation. This involves altering breathing and abdominal holding patterns to facilitate better pelvic floor activation. The usual Pilates principles are then applied.

This workshop will help participants to understand the anatomy of the pelvic floor and the associated complications arising from a tight or weak pelvic floor. Participants will then be taught how to correctly engage and release the pelvic floor using a series of specific mat exercises.

The workshop will run from 11.30am – 1pm and can accommodate a maximum of 15 people. The cost of the workshop is €30, please email Anna Frankland at to secure your place as soon as possible.

Course Tutor:
Sinead O’Loughlin
Sinead O’Loughlin BSc MSc MPHty is a women’s health and musculoskeletal physiotherapist based in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. She has 16 years of clinical experience since graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 1998, nine of which were spent at Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic, working with and training under Maeve Whelan. Maeve is a specialist women’s health physiotherapist, known for her hands on approach to the pelvic floor. Alongside her work as a physiotherapist, Sinead is also a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher and Craniosacral therapist and draws from all of these disciplines to approach pelvic floor dysfunction in a holistic way.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Sinead is an excellent physio and workshop presenter. I felt she gave me new ways of seeing my old problem and I feel re inspired to take the next (much clearer) step. Thank you for organising it! (June 2014 Workshop Attendee)

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