Did you know that there are dedicated Kids Pilates studios? One of them is Kids Pilates in Action, and its run by Susana Ceballos. In this post, she talks about how and why Pilates can be helpful for children. 

Created by Joseph Pilates about a hundred years ago and originally called Contrology, the method started to get known as Pilates back in 1995. Today, Pilates is practised by millions of people around the world, but its followers are mainly adults.

Well-known for helping adults strengthen their core muscles and for rehabilitation after injury or surgery, Pilates is equally as effective for children.

I can say this with certainty, as I’ve been teaching Pilates to children for five years.

The benefits of Pilates

Some of the benefits Pilates enthusiasts find in its practice include stronger core muscles, which help to protect the spine and correct their posture; a more balanced body, by releasing tight muscles and strengthening the weak ones; and a feeling of general wellness, as Pilates boosts mental and physical stamina.

To achieve progress, the Pilates method emphasises the correct application of six fundamental principles: concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing.

I focus on four of them in my kids’ classes: centring, breathing, control and concentration. But concentration is perhaps the most important principle for children to grasp in class.

Managing your concentration while doing a Pilates class allows you to develop core engagement and use the correct breathing pattern. These will give you control in your movements through body awareness. This is exactly what we want to teach children – to be aware of the capabilities of their bodies, to keep them healthy.

Pilates for children brings some of the benefits adults get, like stronger core muscles and flexibility, but as they are growing, other factors take precedence, like balance and coordination. School-age children are mastering their motor skills to become proficient in their movements. The sequences they learn in their physical activities are complex, with coordination, balance, and reaction times being constantly challenged. Pilates helps improve their concentration and achieve better movement patterns to cope with the physical challenges they are facing. Furthermore, Pilates is a low-impact discipline that strengthens their growing muscle tissue and joints to prepare them for more intense and demanding exercises.

Lastly, the difference between the adult and the children’s sessions is the way we teach them. In the sessions for kids, we usually play with them to enable learning through games, which makes it easier for them to focus on the performance of the exercises.

In my sessions, I like to challenge them with their knowledge about the exercises. This encourages them to take ownership of their Pilates practice. In the same way that every child learns to swim, they should also do Pilates, as both disciplines are future lifesavers.

Want to try a class?

The health of our children is increasingly compromised by a lack of physical activity and a culture of convenience. Taking Pilates from a young age can help improve their posture and spinal alignment, boost their fitness levels and concentration, and increase their self-esteem, stamina, and confidence.

Contact me at customers@kidspilatesinaction.com to book your class today!

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