What's in our KHP Bag?

Oct 30, 2023

Exercise physiologists play a vital role in enhancing the health and well-being of our clients, and our toolkit goes far beyond the traditional weights and treadmills. Not to say it’s more, it’s actually the opposite, we do not need too much to get effective results! My  Kids Heart Pilates prop bag and clinic is filled with an assortment of unique tools designed to cater to various aspects of our little crews needs. Today, I’m taking a peek inside the prop bag of an Kids Heart Pilates exercise physiologist to uncover the intriguing tools they use to promote holistic development.


1. Small Carpet Tiles: These might seem like an unusual addition, but they're incredibly versatile. Exercise physiologists often use small carpet tiles (typically old samples, which are budget-friendly) . They are great as a place setting and to help engage the imagination. For example we will call them lily pads. .


2. Balloons: Simple yet effective, balloons add an element of fun to exercise routines. They can be used for various activities, from crossing the midline to balance challenges. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a little balloon play?


3. Bubbles: Bubbles can be used in many different circumstances. From mindfulness to jumping exercises. Just be mindful of the flooring that you are on, because bubbles can make it slippery. 


4. Duro Disc: The Duro Disc is a balance and stability tool that resembles a mini-trampoline without the bounce. It's excellent for challenging core stability and working on lower limb strength. We love to use it when playing a memory game or doing a puzzle. 


5. Smell Sprays: Scents can have a powerful impact on our mood and focus. Weoften use different scents to create a sensory experience during sessions. Whether it's calming lavender or invigorating citrus, these sprays help clients regulate their emotions and stay engaged.


6. Emotional Regulation Squares: These are colourful and tactile tools used to aid emotional regulation. Clients can use them to express their emotions, helping the KHP team  gain insights into their mental state and tailor sessions accordingly.


7. Puzzles: Mental agility is just as important as physical fitness. Puzzles, from jigsaw to brain teasers, are included to keep the mind engaged and promote cognitive development.


8. Personal Interests:We will often carry items related to their clients' personal interests. Whether it's a favourite book, a hobby-related object, or even photos, these items help build rapport and keep sessions engaging.


9. Peanut Ball: Shaped like a peanut, this inflatable tool is fantastic for improving balance, core strength, and stability. It's a great addition to exercises that children love. Its also a great tool for parents to buy. 


10. Pilates Ball/Sensory Balls: These small,hard, bubbly, rattly,  soft balls are used for a variety of exercises, from gentle stretches to eye tracking to throwing games. . They help improve flexibility, relieve muscle tension, and promote sensory awareness.


11. Stickers/Stamps/Poloroid and Awards; Kids Love stickers. It's a really simple way to positively encourage children and reinforce what we are doing is great. Better yet, take a photo and send it home to put it on the fridge. 


A Kids Heart Pilates exercise physiologist's prop bag is a treasure trove of innovative tools that cater to both the physical and emotional aspects of well-being. Through creativity and a deep understanding of our clients' needs, these tools make each session engaging, effective, and tailored to individual goals. The next time you step into a session with a KHP EP, you can be sure that their prop bag holds the key to holistic development.