Healing Diastasis Recti at My Body My Pilates, Tokyo

Updated: Mar 3

✦ What is diastasis recti?

That is quite a mouthful to say. But what exactly is diastasis recti?

When women get pregnant or when men and women gain excessive weight, the abdominal fascia gets tightened, stretched out and restricted. The recti abdominal muscles are separated to accommodate the belly to grow. It is commonly seen post-pregnancy but even heavy-weight bodybuilders and professional athletes are prone to abdominal muscle separation. In fact, what is surprising is this last group of people are the ones who suffer from it most.

How can Pilates help?

Helen Zhang, founder of My Body My Pilates in Tokyo has been using Pilates to work with mothers to heal diastasis recti since 2014, when she was based in Shanghai. The mothers have experienced very positive and effective results, with healing ranging from 3cm to 0.5/1cm.

As anyone working in the health industry would understand, when you see not just results but clear and positive ones, you can't help but get excited about it and want to provide the opportunity for more people to experience it too.

How Pilates helps is by strengthening the muscles to bring the recti back together and to realign the pelvis.

A massage therapy boost

For Helen, while Pilates demonstrated it could really make a change in what these mothers were experiencing, she wanted to take it even further and provide the most well-rounded healing possible.

And that is where Kayoko comes in. She is an abdominal massage therapist who is working together with Helen to help clients speed up the healing process.

With Kayoko's gentle and steady hands, the abdominal massage works by releasing tightness on tissues and muscles, increasing visceral circulation and releasing scar tissue.

How does the program work?

Each session begins with a gentle massage therapy by Kayoko. This helps to ease and prepare the body for the Pilates exercises. This is a healing program, so the body is given the safe support it needs. Starting the session with massage therapy is a way of communicating with the body, respecting how it is during each session.

Helen then takes over and guides the clients through a series of Pilates exercises. These gradually build up to allow the body time to understand what it needs to do, strengthening and toning gradually, and freeing up space to allow realignment to take place naturally.

For best results, these sessions should be attended weekly, and clients are also given simple exercises to do twice a week. This helps remind the body what it feels like to be aligned and toned. The body has its own way of remembering movements and sensations, and it works best when it is given regular reminders.

How can one join the healing diastasis recti program?

My Body My Pilates is offering private sessions for clients on Thursdays at the following times and dates:

10:00 - 11:15, 11:00 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:45, 13:30 - 14:45

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21

Price: ¥18000 per session per person Babysitter available: ¥2000

Book your program here: https://bit.ly/mbmpdr