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INTRODUCTION


The Mummy MOT Power System was designed as a COVID-19 response to assist postnatal recovery at home after childbirth and provides a progressive integrated recovery programme for mums to recover during this restricted COVID period. These are challenging times for the healthcare system and now more than ever new mums need help, guidance and support. 

Maria Elliott (MCSP, POGP) pelvic health specialist and founder of The Mummy MOT, and Marta Kinsella (MCSP, POGP) pelvic health and rehabilitation physio, have worked together for many years and have assessed hundreds of mums with a range of postnatal conditions. This unique guide has been created for mums who have had an uncomplicated pregnancy, delivery and are ready to start their recovery journey. 

We are so excited to introduce this video-led recovery guide and support you on your postnatal journey from the early postnatal stage to 24 weeks. The Mummy MOT Power System is for all mums. This programme lets you slowly reactivate and reconnect with your pelvic floor, then progress to low impact exercise. At the end of the programme, we have an exhilarating HITT session for mums who love to raise their heart rate, energy and sweat. 

The good news is that you don’t need a gym or lots of expensive equipment. This programme is about recovering and rehabilitating your incredible postnatal body at home so you can steadily re-strengthen and return to doing the things you love.

Course curriculum

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • When should I start the programme?

    You can start the Reconnect stage after birth any time from 2 weeks if you have had no complications and are recovering well.

  • What if I gave birth months or even years ago?

    We advise starting with the Reconnect series no matter what stage you are at, to activate and strengthen the pelvic floor and progress through the programme.

  • When do I have to see a registered Mummy MOT Practitioner?

    You should see a registered Mummy MOT Practitioner or pelvic health specialist from six weeks after birth.

  • Is the programme suitable for early postnatal mums?

    Yes, the program we have created is divided into 4 sections. Mums in the early stages of postnatal recovery can start the Reconnect level.

  • Is this programme designed for all mothers even after a few months or years after delivery of a baby?

    This programme is a guide for all postnatal mums that have not had a complicated or traumatic birth and would like to start reactivating the pelvic floor and begin their postnatal journey to recovery. Mums that are in pain, discomfort and are taking longer to heal should wait until they have healed and have sought medical advice before starting any exercise programme. We always advise a postnatal check with a registered Mummy MOT Practitioner or pelvic health specialist, even if it has been years since giving birth.

  • I had a C-Section, can I still take part in this programme?

    Yes, the Reconnect series can be completed (if the scar is not painful and healing well) and once the scar has completely healed the mum can progress to the next level of functional exercises.

  • What if I had a complicated birth and it is taking longer for the body to heal?

    We advise you to seek advice from a doctor, physician, obstetrician, registered Mummy MOT® Practitioner, pelvic health physiotherapist or other medical professional.

Instructor(s)

Abdominal and Pelvic Specialist Physiotherapist

Maria Elliot

Maria is one of the UK’s leading specialist Abdominal and Pelvic Women’s and Men’s Health physiotherapists, a trained Pilates teacher and Pelvic Pain Coach. She practises out of three London Clinics: The London Medical Centre, The New Medicine group, Cione on Harley Street as well as her own practise in Chiswick. Maria is the director and founder of ‘Simply Women’s Health’, a 14-year-old physiotherapy practise specialising in restoring physical and mental well being and ‘The Mummy MOT’ a three-year-old physiotherapy practise specialising in post-natal recovery. Maria has developed unique and multi-disciplinary treatment programmes that are at the forefront of postnatal and pelvic recovery. She is always dedicated and energetic in her approach to her patients’ recovery. Experience Maria is highly trained in manual therapy for the abdominal and pelvic area. The basis of treatment involves myofascial trigger point release, connective tissue manipulation, lengthening of tight short structures in the pelvic area, abdominal massage to release the diaphragm, improve blood flow to the pelvis and release the pelvic floor. Maria has close links with leading world specialists in the USA and works closely with Medical Consultants and New Medicine Group practitioners to treat CPPS. Maria offers Pelvic Pain Coaching and combines advice on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and breathwork to aid full recovery. She believes in a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to diagnosis, treatment and works closely with leading specialists in urology, gynaecology and pain management, to offer comprehensive psychological, health and pain support. Training Maria graduated with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy from Trinity College, Dublin in 1986 and since then has practised Physiotherapy in Chicago, France and now in the UK. Maria’s qualifications include membership of the POGP and an APPI Pilates instructor. Trained in France in Post Natal Rehabilitation she provides a unique and highly effective postnatal recovery programme in the UK.

Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

Marta Kinsella

I am a specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic and Women's Health. My life mission is to continue to support women during the tender pre and post-natal physical stages and ultimately spread pelvic health awareness to all mothers so that they can be proud of their bodies and return to their full potential. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, my primary focus and passion is optimising women's health and wellbeing for all women, everywhere. As a physiotherapist, I continue to strive to change women's health with a huge passion for pre and post-natal care by supporting them on their journey to full recovery. In addition, as a keen strength, conditioning and fitness enthusiast, I believe that the pelvic floor and the woman’s body should be viewed through a holistic lens including exercise ensuring a sustained solid foundation through the years. I have a special passion for supporting pregnant and post-pregnancy women, providing non-surgical methods to accelerate a healthy recovery through guided rehabilitation exercises and wellbeing programmes designed for different stages of pregnancy and life beyond the bump. As a health specialist, it is necessary to invest in continuous learning and I continue to strive to offer an evidence-based approach to all my clients. I am trained by the UK’s leading women’s health physiotherapists and I dedicate time to researching alongside international researchers and women’s health physios. In addition to my clinical practice, I work closely and tutor with the Mummy Mot team where I teach other physiotherapists the principles of returning to rehabilitation for both pre /postnatal and post-surgical intervention. Marta is an associate member of the Association of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapist (POGP), a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and is registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have worked in Manchester's leading hospitals Hope hospital, Trafford General Hospital, both semi- and professional sports teams alongside and private practices in London in Harley Street and Belgravia and Kensington.