EPISODE 038: Postpartum Recovery Through Functional Movement with Nikki Bergen

Nikki Bergen  is an inspirational trainer and creative educator with a passion for encouraging women to lead happier, healthier lives, Nikki Bergen is one of Canada’s most sought after health and fitness experts.A former professional dancer, Nikki has dedicated her life to creating fitness programs that create choreography from science, each one specially designed to enable women to ditch the guilt and bring balance to their bodies.Nikki’s passion for helping women has driven her to become a renowned Stott Pilates Instructor, a sought after Instructor Trainer, an expert in Pre and Post Natal Fitness, and a compassionate Health Coach. She is also a trained Breast Cancer Rehab Specialist, having graduated from the Pink Ribbon Program in 2011.

A holistic approach to health and relentless desire to inspire women to realize their dreams led Nikki to create three ground-breaking exercise programs designed specifically for women: The Belle Method, The Bump Method, and The Pink Method.

In this episode, Nikki shares openly her journey creating The Belle Method, how women are assisted through this method to rehabilitate and become more aware of their bodies and breathing habits. Nikki also opens up about her heart condition and how the experience of being pregnant gave her courage to take care of her health in the right way.

Key Takeaways:

[6:15] Nikki talks about her journey creating The Belle Method.

[10:27] The Pink Method.

[11:45] Using functional movements with focus on pelvic health for recovering from various injuries.

[15:17] Coordinating breathing with core activation

[15:23] Develop body awareness to realize how a move feels to you.

[16:30] Breathing is everything.

[17:42] Teaching women how to breath properly.

[18:42] Learning to let go.

[22:18] Everybody should practice functional movement.

[22:45] Postpartum workout.

[24:05] The 3 Rs for postpartum recovery.

[26:44] Nikki ́s health journey.

[34:15] Finding strength in becoming a mom

[40:07] About postpartum: Recover internally first.

[42:18] The effect of cortisol in postpartum recovery.

[43:40] Nikki’s retreats.

[46:38] Challenge that Nikki is grateful for

[51:27] Authenticity and vulnerability.

[53:45] What makes Nikki rebellious?

[55:22] Rapid fire questions.

Continue on your wild journey…

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Quotes and Tweetables:

“Women are trained to “suck in”, holding tension as a result.” #therebelpodcast #letgo

“Everybody should practice functional movement.” #therebelpodcast #functionalmovement 

“About postpartum: Recover internally first.” #therebelpodcast #postpartum #rehab

“The slower you go, the faster you will recover” #therebelpodcast #slowdown #recovery

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