Our Vita Girls Pilates class is a 50-minute class designed specifically for teenagers. The session aims to challenge and develop core stability, co-ordination, joint mobility and strengthen the growing body, in a relaxed and fun environment. We also take a moment in each class to stop, breathe and relax to develop mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
If competitive sports aren’t something that comes easily or are enjoyed, this class offers a different way to keep moving and building their body awareness, co-ordination and core strength. For girls who excel at sport or dance and by their teens have great flexibility and co-ordination, we can offer a chance to build core strength in a non-competitive and low impact environment.
In a climate where mental health amongst our young people is becoming a real concern, focused attention on moving the body and working with breathing can also boost concentration, relaxation, body awareness and self-esteem. In this class we provide space, free from technology, free from judgement – the only aim is to enjoy and benefit from moving. The skills they learn can be transferred to everyday life from an awareness of how they sit at their desk to some stretches to do before bed to help them relax and sleep.
Through my twenty years teaching teenagers, and as a parent, I have seen the significant increase of all the ‘modern world’ issues affecting young people both physically and mentally, from carrying heavy bags on one shoulder to sitting for long periods of time, ‘text neck’, body image and confidence, sleep issues, the effects of modern technology and exam stress. Many of the physiological issues I see in my adult Pilates clients have begun in adolescence, and early awareness of how to simply improve posture can have a real impact for life. A 50 minute Pilates class can’t cure them all, but it can make a start!