PILATES FOR TEEN HEALTH & WELLBEING
Hi, I'm Sara
I strongly believe that Pilates should be introduced to teens during their growth years. More than ever, they need to develop lifelong habits to improve alignment, posture and proprioception, which they can carry with them into early adulthood.
Give our next generation the tools to take positive action for themselves and their movement
It’s hard to get them motivated to exercise when there so many ‘must-have’ gadgets and distractions. Technology is a wonderful thing and an essential part of modern life, but it can bring with it a host of physical and mental problems. Don’t worry – I can help in a way that does not involve trying to wrestle the mobile out of your teenagers hands!
Pilates for a strong body and mind
Pilates helps to improve physical & mental health
why Next generation pilates?
I focus on 6 key areas in my Pilates teachings to ensure all-round benefits
Pilates was originally called Contrology, so it’s not surprising that one of its central principles is all about “control”. The Pilates method promotes a mind/body connection to ensure proper, safe and complete muscle control.
Why is this helpful for teens? It affords them the strength to be able to control movement from the centre/core. It also instils an awareness of posture, strength and flexibility before ageing forces their hands.
Centering is one of the fundamentals of Pilates and refers to the connection between the mind and body, as well as the centre (also called your core, or the powerhouse) of the body. Pilates focuses on strengthening this centre in order to support the spine, the internal organs and posture.
Why is this important to teens? Modern day technology and increased sitting has means that our core (and posture) is lacking. Weak abdominals have a negative effect on a teen’s posture, and often goes unnoticed-leading to back pain
“If breathing is the physical key to attaining mind- body awareness, then concentration is the mental key” (Balanced Body)
How is this relevant to teens? So often, there seems to be disconnect between the mind/body connection. Mindful, coordinated movements help focus the mind and reduce stress. By focussing the attention inwards, teens can develop the movement skills and patterns necessary to work different limbs in different positions. This increased body awareness then translates into their daily activities, be that sitting at the desk or running on the football pitch.
Precision does not mean perfection. None of us are perfect. What it requires instead is precision in the execution of each exercise.
Why is this relevant to teens? Their bodies grow at such a rate and are still developing successful movement patterns. By supporting and educating the teen about instigating correct technique, and feeling length rather than compression, they will be able to get the most out of their body and mind in order to do something positive for themselves and their movement.
Flow is involved in every Pilates exercise. Flow and ease of movement requires the coordination of the mind and body to ensure pain free, functional movement. This is helpful for teens because once they experience what good movement and flow feels like, they can carry it through into their everyday lives.
get the benefits of pilates on-demand, in-person & in schools
Enable your teens to get the most out of their body and mind in order to do something positive for themselves and their movement.
Our Teens & Their parents couldn't be happier
Angharad (Age 12)
” I really like the way Sara finds different ways to make us feel comfortable in every stretch, balance and activity. There is also a lot of finding the best in music, which makes it extra fun! “