Children are not simply mini-adults. Their bodies are in a constant state of growth and learning. From four years of age until twelve and above they will be intently listening and taking in the world around them.
There is no better time to create body awareness and good habits that they can take with them into adulthood.
Clinical Pilates can be a great way to introduce strength, flexibility and self-awareness to the growing child.
Some benefits of Clinical Pilates for children include:
At Health Point Physiotherapy we know that every child is different. Even when it comes to identical twins every child has their own unique personality and grows differently. Whether your child is looking to improve sporting performance or if sport is not their favourite past time Clinical Pilates could be a great way to help boost confidence and participation at school. Pilates can introduce them to a less competitive way to keep fit and active.
As well as being a great addition to a sporting routine when being done in isolation some other great qualities include:
Some examples of children that have benefitted from pilates include those with growing pain and issues such as scoliosis, poor posture (especially children who become tall very quickly) and those who play any kind of sport such as gymnastics, soccer and athletics.
Originally designed for rehabilitation the strength, awareness and body control taught in Clinical Pilates has been used by elite athletes and performers for years. Classes are catered for individuals and can focus on their sport of choice or more general conditioning.
It also provides another fun and learning fuelled environment away from the television, computer screen or IPad.