Our Clinical Pilates classes are ran by Chartered Physiotherapist Claire who has extensive post graduate training in child development. Pilates is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. Through Pilates, children can gain awareness of their body, and learn how to move efficiently and gracefully. Pilates can help establish correct principles of movement that children will use for their entire lives. It is a safe, low impact exercise for children as they grow through the stages of development and classes are planned age appropriately. It will also create a balanced musculature that can alleviate pain and reduce the potential for injury, now and as they continue to grow into adulthood. Many parents are looking at exercise programs and classes for their children in an effort to keep them fit and set them up for a lifetime of good health.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that approximately 30.3% of children between the ages of 6 to 11 are overweight and that 15.3% are obese. For adolescents between the ages of 12 to 19, 30.4% are overweight and 15.5% are obese. These are very worrying numbers and have increased in previous years.
Benefits of Pilates Exercise for Children:
- Increases Flexibility
- Improved Posture
- Increased Muscle Strength and Length
- Increased Self Esteem and Confidence
- Improved Focus and Concentration