Pilates for Children and Adolescents

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

Available in the PMA Store!   $49.95

The book includes:

  • A manual of guidelines for teaching Pilates to young people
  • A formal curriculum for teaching Pilates in schools
  • Why Pilates is beneficial for children age 6 – 11 and adolescents age 12 – 19
  • Crucial anatomical, psychological and behavioral developmental issues
  • Other relevant topics necessary to equip the Pilates teacher with the confidence to expand his/her business into different age ranges, such as: 
  • safety considerations, exercise contraindications, scope of practice, and ethics
  • considerations for working in the public and private sectors
  • information on how to work with respective age groups including pre-Pilates exercises and warm-ups
  • appendices which cover marketing practices and lesson plans

Pilates for Children and Adolescents: Manual of Guidelines and Curriculum is written by authors who are experts in the topic areas covered, under the auspices of the Pilates Method Alliance. www.pilatesmethodalliance.org.

The book will be of use to Pilates teachers and those delivering training courses on this topic, as well as to others who work with children and adolescents in the fields of physical education, personal training, sports training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the like.


Celeste Zopich, PMA®-CPT, is Chair of the PMA’s Pilates Youth Program, and Director of Pilates Staten Island. 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, M.A. in Dance Education from New York University 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, Margarita, CA. 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.

With contributions from:

Tracy Coe, PMA®-CPT, Owner of Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics, Inc., Manhattan Beach, CA. Tracy implemented a number of PMA Pilates in the Schools pilot programs in a variety of school districts in the Los Angeles area over a period of five years.


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) where she is now Head of Mentor Faculty. Tracey studied myofascial anatomy with Robert Schleip and Tom Myers, 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 DVD’s 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.

Pilates for Children and Adolescents: Manual of Guidelines and Curriculum

For information contact youth @ pilatesmethodalliance.org


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