Exercise with Pilates
Today's children live in an accelerated and competitive environment. The result of this is stress, lack of concentration and poor posture.
The practice of carrying heavy backpacks, relaxed posture in front of the TV or computer, and even the excessive amount of activities are factors that contribute to children to acquire the so-called "bad habits" and have a very demanding rhythm of life.
They lose the posture and the health of the children of today and the adults of tomorrow. Concentration, breathing, control, alignment, precision, fluency, rhythm, "centering" and commitment to the whole body, fundamental elements for the life of children and adolescents, are the basis of all exercises The method provides each child, through their principles and exercises, the perception of the body itself and the space it occupies, as well as the consequent perception of the space that the other occupies. With this, the little ones gain ample conscience and learn to respect the possibilities and the limits of own and others.
"Among the benefits for the children who practice Pilates, are the organization of the locomotor system and the improvement of the posture".
The content worked needs to make sense for children to assimilate and transform it into knowledge. It is necessary to establish identity and connections between Pilates classes and the universe in which the children are inserted so that, on the basis of this, they realize the benefits of good posture, concentration and correct breathing.
In this way, they will change the concept into attitude and procedure. The use of some accessories, such as balls, spinning and balance wheels, foam rolls and half-moon, among others, responds to the playful aspect of Pilates, which challenges, awakens and stimulates children. be adapted to them, and certain objects, such as boxes of various sizes or pillows, are very useful assistants in class.
"It is necessary to establish identity and connections between Pilates classes and the universe in which children are inserted."
Among the benefits for children who practice Pilates are the organization of the locomotor system and the improvement of posture, concentration, mood, sleep, blood circulation and energetics, digestion, tone and flexibility.
For work to be fruitful and stimulating and to guarantee the excellence of learning and the quality of the performance of the exercises, the ideal is to practice Pilates twice a week in one hour sessions.
The universalization of Pilates
The dream of bringing Pilates to the children and youth population is no longer so distant and with it is strengthened an old personal belief, that Pilates is and will be a peaceful world revolution. The objective of the "Pilates for Children" project, being developed and implemented by the Physio Pilates academy in Salvador, in partnership with the educator Mayra Nascimento, is to serve children from the age of eight. The main idea is to adapt to children the repertoire of Pilates exercises, both solo and those performed in the specific equipment of the method.
In addition to these exercises, included movements and games that already belong to the children's and private world of each one of children, such as somersaults, trails about objects that defy balance, games with balls of various sizes and even dance steps (when this is part of the child's experience), always based on the principles of the method.
will be developed a new project, formatted for smaller children. In this way, with responsibility and excellence, we extend the benefits of Pilates practice to the world of children.
More About Pilates
Developed by German Joseph Hubertus Pilates, Pilates is a method known to provide physical and mental well-being to its practitioners. The technique, performed with the aid of simple devices and accessories, such as balls and elastic bands, develops strong, elongated and more flexible muscles.
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