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Pilates program focuses on new mothers

Olivia Larson, in turquoise top with her son Ryder, and Amber Young practice leg lefts during the Colby Project's mom's circle Pilates sessions. The Colby Project, a collection of local businesses that deal in wellness, fitness and social connection, offers a five-week moms and tots Pilate program to provide physical, mental, spiritual and social support. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

Caring for a baby can be one of the happiest experiences of a lifetime for a new mother. It can also be one of the most isolating and lonely, as well.

Julie McBroom, co-founder of the Colby Project, which is a collection of local businesses that deal in wellness, fitness and social connection, knows this.

"I’m a mom of four and had two of my children in Australia and two were born in Chicago," McBroom said during an interview with The Park Record. "In Australia, once you become mother, you automatically get joined up with a mother’s group for six weeks. When I came to America, I felt very isolated because I couldn’t find a similar program."

So, McBroom has started a Studio Pilates group that features a new moms circle program that will be held at the Colby property, 3770 S.R. 224. It’s a five-week program utilizing Pilates that is focused on post-natal rehabilitation, according to McBroom.

The next group will begin Friday, Jan. 22, from noon until 2 p.m.

"It also serves as a social forum of support and information for these new moms," she said. "They do 35 minutes to an hour of pilates that is specifically catered to their needs. Then they spend the last part of the session in a social situation where we network or have a cup of coffee."

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During these gatherings, the Colby Project invites speakers who provide resources for the moms.

Last month the new moms circle heard from energy worker Dannielle Bryan, nutritional expert Sinead Urwin and hosted postpartum doula Sierra Brooks, McBRoom said.

"We then ended the five weeks with a group dinner and provided a closed Facebook page that the mothers can belong to as well to keep them connected," she said. "The most important part about that is new moms can get out of the house. Meet another group of moms who become your tribe and support system."

New mother Brooke Benton teaches the Pilates sessions.

"She was very passionate about pelvic rehabilitation and helping the moms get their bodies back," McBroom said. "I was passionate about moms having a support system, so we teamed and created this moms circle."

Pilates is a great way to rehabilitate your pelvic floor and your deep abdominal muscles after the whole-body-changing experience of pregnancy, Benton said.

"It’s a nice way to connect your core muscles and build posture and strength in your upper body as well," she said. "It’s also a good opportunity for moms to focus on and give back to themselves, even if the baby is crawling all over you."

That’s important because many new mothers focus all their attention on the newborn and neglect themselves, McBroom said.

"We will provide the space and have a brand-new mom providing exercise in exactly what your body needs and connecting you with other women," she said. "Being a new mom is a huge life-changing experience and sometimes all it takes is just one little thing for themselves that makes all the difference in the world."

In addition to the Friday sessions, Studio Pilates will also offer a Wednesday class at the Colby Project for moms and babies, as well as a pre-natal Pilates class on Saturdays at 9 a.m.

The cost for the Friday mom and baby Pilates is a basic drop-in fee of $15. To register for the whole five-week program, which includes the additional Wednesday class, is $175.

Registration can be done by emailing McBroom at Julie@thecolbyprojectpc.com .