Belly dancing as a postnatal exercise
Women who have discovered belly dancing during pregnancy and also experienced the favourable effect of some movements on the birth process will probably wish to continue with the dance in their after-birth fitness course. This really makes sense, as for me after-birth fitness starts with the pelvic floor which is automatically trained through dancing. If women take up this female and healthy dance, the inherent training of the pelvic floor boosts their physical, mental and emotional energy.
The perfect body posture that is typical of belly dancing is not possible without using the pelvic floor muscles. What is more, the pelvic floor has an active share in all hip movements so that dancing those movements already revitalizes it. Of course, an after-birth fitness course also offers a specific pelvic floor training and exercises for the muscles of thighs, hips, buttox, belly and back which are synergetic with the pelvic floor. The combined program of perception and strengthening exercises will lead to a new attitude that energizes the woman and helps her adopt her new role. Despite its apparent softness Oriental dancing requires a strong centering and stability of the body. This has a tightening effect on the young mother who is still open and soft.
Dancing in the group to happy, rhythmic music gives her new impetus. Whereas during pregnancy the emphasis was on the harmonizing and relaxing benefits of belly dancing, it has now shifted to the dance’s empowering effect. Dancing leads to the release of endorphines; especially women with small babies who are often close to exhaustion profit from this. The babies can be brought along, can watch or dance together with the mother in the baby-sling. Absolute silence is only necessary during concentrated pelvc floor training.
If the “After-Birth Fitness through Belly Dancing” course is led by a qualified instructor or midwife, it really is an efficient, sensual and wise alternative to traditional options.