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Welcome mamalates London and Maite March 24 2015, 0 Comments

mamalates is excited to announce that we’ve expanded into the United Kingdom. This is the first time that mamalates classes are being offered outside of the United States. Please help me welcome Maite Brines von Melle to the mamalates family!

Maite is an excellent Pilates instructor with a background in pre and postnatal anatomy. From the first time that I first spoke with her, I knew that she’d be the perfect fit to share the mamalates mission of helping women recover from birth and reconnect with their postpartum bodies.

Maite is teaching four classes per week, plus private sessions, at The Hayloft Studio in Chiswick, London. We couldn’t be more ecstatic to have her onboard and would love to share a little about her and her take on mamalates.

How did you become involved with mamalates?
After becoming a new mama myself last year, I realised that most new mamas don’t have the time and energy to look after themselves to fully recover from pregnancy and birth. We certainly spend plenty of time getting pregnant, being pregnant, and preparing for birth. But once the little bundle of joy arrives, it’s all about the baby.

We’re running from one baby class to the next, not sleeping enough, and meeting at "play dates" with other mums and babies that involve lots of sitting around and eating cake. (Okay, maybe that was just me, but I think I had more cake in the weeks after birth than in my entire life!)

In Germany every new mama is offered a free six-week course called "Rueckbildungskurs." This is a Pilates-based exercise class where mums bring their little ones along. I wanted to offer this format in London and am excited about partnering with mamalates on the first-ever international mamalates classes!

What is your fitness and pre/postnatal experience?
I am very passionate about birth recovery. My background includes teaching Pilates, studying pre/postnatal anatomy, and I am currently taking a course on biomechanics with Katy Bowman of the Restorative Exercise Institute. I love what I do and feel a real sense of satisfaction helping moms recover from birth.

What are your favorite things to do?
I love travelling, food, literature, dance, film, theatre, and long, long walks.

What is your best piece of advice for new moms?
I was so overwhelmed by all the advise that I was given when my little one was born last year, that I actually stopped listening and just followed what I felt was right. So I would be a hypocrite giving advise now. However I will say this: follow your instinct, you know what feels right for you and your baby. Be kind to yourself, have patience, and enjoy every single moment. My baby girl has taught me how to do something that I have been working on for a long time- to be in the now!

mamalates London offers four classes per week and private sessions (with baby in tow) at The Hayloft Studio in Chiswick, London. Find out more about mamalates London, connect on Facebook, or email Maite at

Wendy Foster is the creator of mamalates and the master trainer for all mamalates licensing programs. An internationally certified Pilates instructor, pre/post fitness specialist, and birth recovery expert, Wendy has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She owns a studio in Southeast Portland, OR. Contact her at or visit

Photo: Maite Brines von Melle / Credit: Maite Brines von Melle