The Joy of Teaching Older Adults

“We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70s and old age should not come until we are almost 100”

Inspirational words by Joseph Pilates, who thoroughly lived and breathed his Method, remaining strong and vigorous well into his 80s.

As people are living longer than ever before, Pilates offers the perfect exercise system to encourage healthy and active ageing. The benefits of Pilates for healthy ageing are:

  • Increased physical capacity such as improved strength, mobility, stamina and flexibility
  • Improved static and dynamic balance to help fall prevention
  • Enhanced well being and mental health

But teaching Pilates to older adults is not just a one way street- the joy and benefits to the Pilates teacher are incredibly rewarding.

This group of our class population are deeply invested in their health and well being and are exceptionally dedicated. If we adhere to Joseph Pilates words of what we are working to achieve,

“…the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure”

we can tailor the sessions to specifically target functional ability, regaining and maintaining joint mobility, increasing strength to help performing daily tasks and hobbies which can bring so much satisfaction and happiness.

As teachers we can show that is never too late to start, you are never too old and all abilities are welcome. Pilates, through its versatility, offers us the opportunity to live in the body you have, to feel gratitude and appreciation in your movement and ability.

We can facilitate meaningful and life changing results as we help create a very special, supportive community of deeply loyal clients where emotional, social and psychological health and well being are nurtured.

If you’re interested in deepening your knowledge of teaching older adults, and to build this very loyal client base, please join me for the Pilates for the Older Adult online workshop on 13th October. For more information click here.

Thanks to Designed Pilates for the wonderful image!

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