ELITE & PRO ATHLETE PROGRAMS

It is no secret that in the world of professional and elite athletes, once a person becomes pregnant and gives birth, they are often thought to have lost strength, and therefore worth. This couldn’t be further from the truth and it is past time that the narrative shifts to one that recognizes and encompasses the sheer strength and power of mothers. LUNA's Stronger As A Mother programs are meant to do just that - support and empower you as you train during your pregnancy, recover from birth, and through your return to training postpartum. Our programs were strategically developed by pre/postnatal fitness experts, pelvic floor physical therapists, doulas, and female athlete coaches to bring you the most comprehensive, evidence-based, and effective programming possible.

We work with professional & elite athletes to optimize your training regimen so you can train safer and smarter while minimizing the risk of injury during pregnancy, protect your pelvic floor and core, prepare for birth, and heal postpartum so you can return to training in a safe & sustainable way without the setbacks. Our techniques have been proven to reduce the risk of Diastasis Recti & pelvic floor injury during pregnancy and rehabilitate postpartum so that you can return to training + competing without worrying about peeing your pants, worsening Diastasis, or suffering from low back and/or pelvic pain.

Your path to crushing your goals & becoming stronger as a mother starts here.

PREGNANCY

Preparing your core and pelvic floor for birth is often overlooked, yet can make a huge difference in the pushing stage of labor, decreases your risk of needing medical intervention, as well as aids  in a faster recovery postpartum. During pregnancy, as your uterus grows intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) increases. This increased pressure places additional stress and strain down onto the pelvic floor and against the abdominal wall. Mismanaged IAP during pregnancy is one of the leading causes of injury-based diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunctions. The good news is that by learning how to properly regulate and control intra-abdominal pressure, while also keeping the innermost layers of the core strong as the belly grows, you can greatly reduce this risk as well as the risk of developing other common pregnancy related complaints such as low back pain and pelvic pain. 

 

Our Stronger As A Mother Prenatal Program takes a deep dive into our fundamental pelvic floor and core techniques and teaches you how to apply them to your training as well as daily life in our 4 part pelvic floor & core series. Learn how to optimize your training throughout your pregnancy, when and how to make necessary shifts to your training strategies as pregnancy progresses, prepare your body and pelvic floor for birth, and minimize the risk of common pregnancy ailments such as pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, and birth injury.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Our Prenatal Stronger As A Mother Program includes our on-demand comprehensive 4-part pelvic floor & core series which also covers pelvic floor education, exercises & modifications for pelvic pain, mobility work, and birth and postpartum prep as well as the option for 1:1 virtual training with LUNA's Founders.

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POSTPARTUM

You take your training seriously. Postpartum rehab shouldn't be any different. Returning to training earlier does NOT mean you will hit your goals faster. In fact, jumping back into higher intensity training too soon postpartum can lead to an increased risk of injuries and setbacks. However, this also doesn't mean that you can't do anything for the first 6+ weeks postpartum. These early weeks are a crucial time for healing and beginning to rehabilitate your pelvic floor & core post-birth so that you can get back to training safely and sustainably.

Our Stronger As A Mother Postnatal Program takes a deep dive into our evidence-based fundamental pelvic floor and core techniques, and teaches you how to apply them to your training as well as daily life in our 12-part pelvic floor & core series. Start as early as 1-2 days post vaginal birth or 1 week post c-section birth to optimize your healing potential, start to build a solid foundation of strength early on, and begin to heal from Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor considerations so that nothing stands in your way of achieving your goals as an athlete and as a mother.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

C-Section Recovery - A caesarian section is major surgery and should be treated as such when it comes to healing. If you had surgery on your knee, you would receive physical therapy to rehabilitate afterward. The same care should be given to people post c-section. Our program will provide you with the tools needed to heal after a c-section and regain core strength, as well as teach you how to care for your incision, decrease scar pain and sensitivity, and how to massage your scar to increase mobilization, decrease pain, and help prevent and break down scar tissue & adhesions.

Diastasis Recti - Diastasis Recti (DRA) is commonly defined as abdominal separation and is a completely normal and natural part of pregnancy. Ideally that separation resolves at around 6-8 weeks postpartum. If it is still present past that point, it may be that you have "injury-based' Diastasis Recti. This is essentially the result of excessive, unsupported intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). When IAP is not regulated properly (through diaphragmatic breathing and optimal core engagement during movement) then excessive pressure can build up in the abdomen, placing too much force on the already overstretched linea alba causing it to weaken. Luckily there is a LOT that can be done to heal and rehabilitate from DRA and regain optimal core function. Our Stronger As A Mother Program is proven to help heal and rehabilitate from Diastasis Recti

Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is the descent of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vaginal canal and/or out of the vaginal opening. Yes, it sounds scary but it doesn’t need to be! Unfortunately, people who are diagnosed with POP are often told that they can no longer exercise or lift anything heavy (like their children) or they are advised to stick to light and/or rehabilitative exercise only. This is incredibly disempowering and is also not sustainable. Learning to implement different strategies that aid in healing your body and regaining strength and function in a way that also lessens and often eliminates symptoms IS possible! In addition to seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist in person, LUNA's programs and 1:1 coaching will help you do just that. 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Our Postpartum Stronger As A Mother Program includes our on-demand comprehensive 12-part pelvic floor & core series, pelvic floor education, exercises & modifications for pelvic pain, mobility work, and c-section considerations, as well as the option for 1:1 virtual training with LUNA's Founders.

Our Partners

We are proud to have partnered with &Mother to provide Olympic & professional athletes with the support they deserve. &Mother is dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood. Their first Initiative centers on creating cultural and structural change within the Sports Industry. &Mother sees this career path — and the maternal discrimination that women face in it — as a microcosm for what women experience across professions and an opportune first step towards larger change. Ww have partnered with &Mother to provide their athletes with pro-bono access to LUNA's Stronger As A Mother programs + 1:1 coaching. Contact us or &Mother to learn more!

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