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"Enrichment Program" Women's Health

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Enrichment Program (Women's Health)

The Enrichment Program has been developed in tandem with the "Pilates through Pregnancy & Beyond" program, which will enhance your knowledge on all aspects of women's health.

BASI and non BASI are welcome to register for any of the amazing workshops.

Presenter Biographies, Dates & Short descriptions on all 1 & 1/2hr Workshop via Zoom LIVE Online (ZOOM Links to be emailed closer to time):

to register view WORKSHOPS on Home page...


Charlotte Meschede - Dietician

I am a Registered Dietitian and accredited Diabetes Educator. I qualified at the age of 20 and immediately immersed myself in the field of clinical nutrition. I have been in private practice since 1979 to date. This year marks my 43rd year as a qualified dietician. My focus is on assessing a patient’s individual status and tailoring a nutrition regimen which accommodates those needs. There is no such thing as a universal diet that suits everyone. The only perfect diet is the one that you can follow and that helps you achieve your personal goals. The latest research has focused on DNA analysis, the benefits of macronutrient manipulation, depending on your genotype and various forms of intermittent fasting. This takes the guesswork out of deciding which plan to follow and a personalized plan can then be formulated. My fields of expertise include diabetes and women’s health from pregnancy through to menopause and beyond. However, there isn’t an area in nutrition that I have not covered in my years in practice and I have experience in most areas.

Obesity and heart diseases are part and parcel of the diabetic pathophysiology and therefore any individual, male or female, who is experiencing any form of vascular disease, overweight and metabolic syndrome should engage in nutritional and lifestyle intervention. Auto-immune diseases are also an area of interest and as the epidemiology of these sometimes seriously debilitating conditions rises, so do research and clinical evidence supporting the implementation of appropriate and possible life-changing nutritional modifications.

7 August 2020 (1:00 - 4:00pm) - Healthy Diet, Healthy Body (Pre & Postnatal) for you & Baby - Charlotte Mecshede

This workshop will cover nutrition in planning for pregnancy as well as nutrition during pregnancy with the main focus on specific nutrient requirements for both mother and baby. We will have a discussion of the different nutrients required for each stage as per Carnegie Stages. Another discussion topic will be on red flags such as obesity in pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and hypertension - all from a nutritional perspective. We will touch on being underweight in pregnancy, as it is more common than we think.

There is a lot of pressure on mothers to lose baby weight postpartum. This workshop will focus on ways to lose weight safely.

This workshop discussion is on nutritional requirements for lactation, contraindications to lactation, and nutritional requirements of an infant up to the introduction of solids.


Estuné Maritz - Specialist Birth & Postpartum Doula

I am a. I became a doula in 2010 and have been a successful businesswoman ever since. I have been educating, assisting, and growing with expecting mothers and couples for 11 years -counting. I have walked hand-in-hand with hundreds of couples and women from conception, straight through after birth. I have found my niche in 2016 and decided to become a VBAC and waterbirth specialist doula.

I am also one of the very few doulas capable of preforming Infant hydrotherapy. When I was growing up, my mother acted as both a midwife and lecturer, while home-schooling granted me the opportunity to obtain pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding knowledge at an incredibly young age.

Africa, now has a great doula breakthrough, where doulas can receive training and certification online. This breakthrough is called “Signature Doula”, which I am the grateful Director of. Signature Doula is the first online doula training program in Africa and the only institution providing infant hydrotherapy training for doulas, globally. I aim to educate as much as I possibly can. I strive to reach knowledge starved souls and to change the world, one birth at a time. It is an honour to serve the nation!

29 July 2020 (12:00 - 1:30pm)- Birthing Doula- Estuné Maritz

This session will cover topics such as Birth hormones, Birth options, The mechanisms of birth, The benefits of continuous movement during labor, How a pilates ball can be used in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As well as Essential oils and acupressure, Debrevement before birth, and the importance of letting go. How trauma affects the body and birth outcomes, The difference between doula and midwife, the birthing environment, infant gut, and microbiome. Together with Lactation basics and Infant hydrotherapy.


Hester van Aswegen - Physiotherapist

Hester van Aswegen is a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic health. She has done numerous postgraduate courses to further her knowledge in this field and has presented at several conferences and courses on the topic of physiotherapy treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction and / or incontinence. She is the course coordinator for PWHPG (Pelvic and Women’s Health Physiotherapy Group) for postgraduate courses in the field and is part of the lecturing team for the postgraduate modules. She is part of the multidisciplinary team involved with the treatment of patients with sexual dysfunction together with Dr. Elna Rudolph of the “my sexual health” centre in Bryanston as well as the colorectal/pelvic floor unit at WITS Donald Gordon medical centre. She believes that this collaboration in a multi-disciplinary unit ultimately delivers the best quality care to the patients.

Hester is passionate about providing the best service possible to patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and also educating the public and medical professionals about physiotherapy services available for these conditions. She firmly believes that “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life”. - Wayne Dwyer.

22 July 2020 (3:30 - 5:00pm) - Pregnancy & the Pelvic floor - Hester van Aswegen

I will cover a short review of the normal anatomy of the pelvic floor (PFM) and abdomino-pelvic synergy and explain hypo- and hypertonicity and how it impacts core muscle function. Then I will look at the effect of hormones and pregnancy on the PFM and function, as well as the symptoms that a Prenatal woman might experience related to PFD (incontinence, prolapse, constipation, PGP and LBP). A brief discussion of exercise guidelines during the prenatal period will end the lecture.

27 July 2020 (3:30 - 5:00pm) - Postnatal & the Pelvic floor - Hester van Aswegen

We start with a quick revision of PFM anatomy and then discuss the effect of BIRTH on the PFM and core muscles (caesarian section compared to vaginal birth). The next section covers the symptoms that a postnatal woman might experience related to PFD ( Diastasis recti abdominis, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pain post-birth – pelvic, scar, other pain-) and lastly we look at exercise guidelines for the postnatal period.


Jo-Dee Pryce - Physiotherapist

I completed my undergraduate degrees at The University of the Witwatersrand. The first in Sports Science and the second Physiotherapy. After graduation I worked in Trauma ICU setting before moving to the USA where I worked with professional athletes in Charlotte North Carolina. Here I completed a masters in manual therapy. I lived and worked in the USA for 5.5 years and then returned to SA where I opened a private practice in Johannesburg. I recently completed my doctorate in Physiotherapy looking at concussion. I am now working towards my fellowship in functional neurology. I lecture part time and use a functional medical model in my practice. I have been in practice for 20 years. I have a passion for learning and always seeking out more clinical tools to help patients.

31 July 2020 (12:30 - 14:00) Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction & Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction

This workshop will take a clinical approach to Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction and the implications for the Pilates Instructor.


Angela Hough-Maxwell - Psychotherapist

Angela Hough-Maxwell is a psychotherapist, family constellations therapist, art process facilitator, yoga teacher, & mother. In my practice, I see adults, families, and children, and facilitate group processes. I value working with increasing our capacity to relate, by healing our wounds and holding space for deep authentic dialogue with our inner selves, with each other and with our context. I love to awaken creativity and our inner wisdom through art and connection to nature. I run an experiential group for educators at the Centre for Group Analytic Studies (CGAS), co-facilitate race dialogues for the HSRC, and teach at South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). Angela has experience running wilderness trails, working for several NGO’s and as a university lecturer.

10 August 2020 (8:30 - 10:00am) - Post-Partum Depression - Angela Hough-Maxwell

In the words of Rumi “You are song, a wished-for song”. So why do I feel so bad?

Postpartum depression can be on a continuum from baby blues to psychosis. In this workshop, I look forward to being able to contribute to: A psychological understanding of post postpartum depression, its several lines of causation, its symptoms, and how to recognize it, and how to support, make meaning, and make referrals. The role of a movement practitioner and the role of the counselor and how they can work together. There are several causal factors: Hormonal changes, ‘separation’ from a child in The womb, responsibility, life change, links to one’s own birth, and predisposing factors. The session will include information and interactive discussion.

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