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Pilates for Children and Adolescents is the first comprehensive manual of guidelines and formal curriculum for teaching Pilates to young people.

The book includes:

  • A manual of guidelines for teaching Pilates to young people
  • Why starting Pilates between the ages of 9-13 is especially beneficial
  • Crucial anatomical and cognitive development considerations for working with young people
  • Additional relevant topics designed to equip the Pilates teacher with tools for creating relevant and safe programs for different age ranges, such as:
    • safety considerations, exercise contraindications, scope of practice, and ethics
    • considerations for working in a variety of environments within both the public and private sectors
    • age appropriate exercises from the Pilates repertoire
    • guidance on creating successful curriculum presentations for schools, including sample lesson plans








1 Physiology and Development

2 Pilates and Young People’s Well-Being

3 The Magic Window

4 Teaching Practice and Considerations

5 General Procedures, safety and professionalism



6 Pre-Pilates Exercises

7 Pilates Exercises for Early Childhood, Ages 5–8

8 Pilates Exercises for the ‘Magic Window’, Ages 9–13

9 Pilates Exercises for Adolescents, Ages 12–18



10 Curriculum for Schools


Appendix 1: Pilates in the Schools – Healthy Habits for Life

Appendix 2: Working with Young People with Special Needs

Appendix 3: Pilates Philosophy and Principles

Appendix 4: PMA Code of Ethics

Appendix 5: PMA Scope of Practice

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-12-4
Edition no 1
Pages 232
Illustrations Over 240 full-color photographs and drawings
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 22 April 2014

Author biography

Celeste Zopich PMA®-CPT, is Chair of the PMA’s Pilates Youth Program, and Director of Pilates Staten Island, New York, New York. Through Pilates Staten Island she teaches Pilates to clients and offers Pilates teacher training and continuing education workshops. She is the creator of a teacher-training program for Pilates teachers wishing to work with young people, and has many years of experience teaching Pilates in schools and to youth in the mat and apparatus environments.

Brett Howard, PMA®-CPT, MA in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development, is a member of the PMA’s Pilates Youth Program Committee, and Director of Education for the United States Pilates Association. He is the creator of a teacher-training program for Pilates teachers wishing to work with for young people, and has designed a specialist Pilates children’s exercise program called Kinder Haus.

Dawn Marie Ickes, Master of Physical Therapy, PMA®-CPT, Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Dawn Marie specializes in women’s health, Pilates and rehabilitation, dance and sports medicine, visceral manipulation and pediatrics. During her years on the PMA Board of Directors, she contributed to the successful development of many PMA programs, including the Pilates in the Schools Program and its pilot studies, which were the precursors of the Pilates Youth Program. She was instrumental in creating Pilates Day as a fundraiser to increase awareness and funding of the Pilates in the Schools.

Tracey Mellor, has been teaching Pilates for more than 10 years in the UK public and private sectors, and is a studio owner in the South East of England. Tracey originally trained with Polestar Pilates UK and The Pilates Institute, and spent many years working alongside Helge Fisher. She is also a yoga teacher (RYT 500) graduating from the Art of Contemporary Yoga School (AOCY). Tracey studied Fascial Anatomy (‘Going behind the lines’) with Tom Myers; and human dissection, exercise and movement research at summer schools at Ulm university in Germany with Robert Schleip. She is a founding member of the Fascia Research Society, and a Fascial Fitness trainer. With her colleague, Joanne Avison, she designed the Fascial Fitness training program for the UK and produced DVDs and manuals to support the learning. Tracey spent 10 years as a school governor, and teaches Pilates as an enrichment activity in the local secondary school.

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