Join the hundreds of women who have sorted their postpartum problems – permanently, with Stable and Strong – The Postpartum Method. Created by Kristy Ahale, post natal exercise therapist with 15 years’ experience specialising in clinical rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, this program will help you to heal your postnatal bod, without doing any damage. We spoke to Kristy to learn more about how she got started.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
When I had my baby four years ago, I remember the instructions I got when leaving the hospital about how to take care of my core and pelvic floor. “Just contract it then relax it,” they told me. Knowing the anatomical side of things and that there are literally dozens of muscles down there, I was completely confused. And the more mums I talked to, the more I felt like a lot of women were feeling the same way. I wanted to provide clear answers, clear instructions, and explain how it all works so that women can understand their bodies in relation to exercise. I’ve noticed that once we know the why behind things, it’s easier to stay motivated and get quicker and better results.
The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I worked in clinical exercise for 10 years, rehabilitating spinal pathologies and hypermobility syndrome. These two conditions rely strongly on proper pelvic floor and deep core connections, so I already had a lot of strategies. I started trying them with the women in my mothers group and they were getting such great results, that I decided I wanted to help women postpartum who had back pain and didn’t know what to do about it.
I’ve noticed that once we know the why behind things, it’s easier to stay motivated and get quicker and better results.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
I started my courses to heal back pain and abdominal separation, as this was where my experience was. What surprised me a few months into running courses, was that every woman who came into the courses was alleviating incontinence! This was a huge and life-changing result for these women, and so I put together the Core and Pelvic Floor program, which is now going online so I can help women who aren’t local.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
It’s something I still find hard. I used to try and do it all at once; I’ve since learned that proper scheduled time for work that is separate from family time is better for everyone.