Press Release – March 2014

Only Pilates instructor in New York City credentialed to train fellow Pilates instructors on how to work responsibly and effectively with young people

March, 2014…..

Pilates Staten Island’s owner\director Celeste Corey-Zopich is pleased to announce that a book she co-authored, “Teaching Pilates to Children and Adolescents, a Manual of Guidelines and Curriculum,” is being published this month. The book, the first of its kind, assists Pilates professionals and others, such as teachers and coaches, in teaching Pilates to young people – both effectively and safely.

“Children are not small adults and cannot be taught exercise, like Pilates, the same way adults are taught, and that is what brought me to becoming an author,” said Corey-Zopich. Handspring Publishers is the publisher of the book.

This book, combined with her goal of offering more continuing education classes and workshops for Pilates instructors and allied professionals, especially in the area of youth development, is bringing her business and ultimately her passion for her trade to its next level.

“Pilates is a growing profession. As the owner of a studio and an instructor involved on the national and international level of this trade, I strongly believe that our young people should be introduced to all that Pilates has to offer. This is not only my vision, but was the vision of the man who created the Pilates method, Joseph Pilates. He wrote a chapter in his book “Your Health” that was dedicated to youth and titled – “First Educate the Child”, “ continued Corey-Zopich.

Pilates improves posture, balance, coordination, agility, strength, and instills proper breathing into your daily routine. “The benefits of practicing Pilates transcend every part of a child’s life. Pilates helps with academics, sports, and a variety of extracurricular and even ordinary activities that children regularly engage in,” said Corey-Zopich.

Celeste routinely conducts training courses – internationally and nationally – for individual Pilates teachers, studio owners, and others who have an exercise science and/or movement background looking to work with the youth population.

Upcoming scheduled training sessions for Celeste include: A course, “Programming Pilates for Youth” sponsored by the Pilates Method Alliance, June 25-27, in Berkley, California.

In May of 2014 Celeste will be traveling to Israel as a mentor as well as to teach Pilates workshops and private lessons. The workshops will include, “Teaching Pilates to Children and Adolescents”, and 3 from the “Back to Basics and Then Some” series. These will include “The Mat according to Joseph Pilates”, “The Chair, small apparatus – huge repertoire”, and “The small Barrels”.

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