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:
- Increased balance and coordination
- Increased flexibility
- Improved body awareness
- Increased strength
- Better sporting performance
- Injury prevention
- Improved balance and posture
- Increased confidence
- Improved motor planning
- Maintain fitness during sometimes painful growth spurts.
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:
- Can be done in any weather
- Safe, controlled environment
- One-on-one specialised attention
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.
Margarita Gurevich is Senior Physiotherapist at Health Point Physiotherapy. She completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University and Diploma of SCENAR Therapy in Moscow SCENAR Centre. In her practice apart from general physiotherapy Margarita extensively uses Clinical Pilates, SCENAR therapy, drug phoresis and other clinically proven and highly effective electrotherapy techniques. She specialises in back and neck pain, incontinence and women’s health.
Margarita is experienced in Real Time ultrasound and McKenzie treatment. She is also consulting her patients interested in healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. Margarita was interviewed for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine and presented at 4th Australasian SCENAR conference.