Safer spaces for people with mental disabilities
At Urban Sports Club, we believe that sports can promote diversity and connect people – if everyone feels good with a workout catered specifically for them and have fun doing it. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in sports and feel comfortable without any concerns.
In keeping with Christopher Street Day, just like last year, we asked our partners to share their initiatives and efforts for the LGBTQIA+ community. We received a lot of positive feedback and summarized it for you in our blog articles. Find out why safer spaces are important in sports and how you can contribute a small part to this in our interview with TRIBE Yoga Base. You can also take a look at the LGBTQIA+ guides for Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne. Moreover, this year, we have created guides for safer spaces for BIPoC members and safer spaces for individuals with physical disabilities.
Do you know of any studio that should be included in this safer spaces for people with mental disabilities guide? Then please send this link to the partner and request them to fill the form, so that we can add them.
This list is based on feedback from our partners and is not exhaustive. In your city you can discover more studios and partners with offers for people with mental disabilities.
Partners with initiatives within and/or outside the studios
Easyfitness Bottrop is an inclusive fitness studio in Bottrop that has trained staff and caters to the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and mood disorders. The environment is designed to be sensory-friendly, with clear instructions and individual support. Flexible participation options are offered to meet specific needs. Everyone is welcome to achieve their fitness goals.
PHP GYM in Düsseldorf offers a variety of sports, including boxing, fitness, functional training, mixed martial arts, Pilates, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and traditional Asian martial arts. They have trained staff, clear communication methods, and specialized training or instruction techniques to accommodate individual needs. People with ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are welcome.
Sportstudio Z1 Pingsdorf & Sanusal Salzgrotte
Sportstudio Z1 Pingsdorf & Sanusal Salzgrotte in Brühl offers fitness for all, including individuals with intellectual disabilities, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and mood disorders. They have specific adjustments and training methods to meet individual needs. Flexible participation options and rehabilitation sports complement their inclusive offering.
Body Pace in Cologne offers boot camp, family sports, fitness, and personal training. They can cater to the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. The studio has specific adjustments, a sensory-friendly environment, and clear communication. Modified activities, barrier-free facilities, and flexible participation options complement their inclusive offering.
The Yogazentrum Buxtehude near Hamburg offers yoga for everyone, including individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. With a sensory-friendly environment, trained staff, and individual support, they create an inclusive experience for all participants.
Bogen-Abenteuer in Dresden offers archery and fitness for all, including individuals with intellectual disabilities. With clear instructions, inclusive equipment, and social support, they create a pleasant environment for all participants. The studio has barrier-free facilities and flexible participation options. Their experience in special education ensures an inclusive atmosphere for a positive archery and fitness experience.
EMS Training Fürth
EMS Training Fürth, near Nuremberg, offers EMS training for everyone, including individuals with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and intellectual disabilities. The studio provides adjustments, clear communication, and specialized techniques to address different needs. Individual support and sensory-friendly spaces are available to provide a comfortable training experience for everyone. Their passion for helping people is at the core of their work.
Adam Weiner – Personal Trainer Düsseldorf
Adam Weiner is an experienced personal trainer in Düsseldorf specializing in fitness, functional training, wellness, and yoga. His trained staff supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. Adam emphasizes mental health and offers flexible participation options, such as modified times or intensity levels, to provide an optimal training experience for everyone.
Yoga & More
Yoga & More in Berlin offers yoga classes and integrates participants with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, as well as individuals with Down syndrome. Social support is an integral part of the class to ensure a pleasant integration. The studio values individual support and also offers one-on-one coaching. The spaces are designed to be sensory-friendly and accessible to provide a comfortable yoga experience for all participants.
a compàs Studio & Location
At a compàs Studio & Location in Berlin, people with various needs and challenges, such as autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, intellectual disabilities, and Down syndrome, find an open and integrative dance environment. The trained staff creates a sensory-friendly environment and offers individual support. Inclusion and social interaction are at the forefront of their approach. With years of experience, they aim to create a diverse and integrative atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, regardless of social or ethnic background.
Aktiv Reha in Freiburg offers fitness and massage services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The trained staff understands and provides individualized support. The studio is equipped with barrier-free facilities and offers flexible participation options (e.g., modified time or intensity) to meet individual needs. Their goal is to help individuals lead an active and healthy life, regardless of their specific challenges.
With an empathetic and professional approach, Scoop in Hamburg offers a welcoming environment where all people have the opportunity to pursue their fitness goals while being part of a supportive community. Scoop’s facilities are designed to be barrier-free, and visual and communication aids are provided. They also offer flexible participation options, such as modified schedules or intensities.
Ki-Passion Körperform in Rheinau and Sasbach offers a wide range of sports and activities, including boot camp, relaxation, fitness, functional training, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, dancing, and yoga. Their trained staff is particularly empathetic and supports people with PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The facilities are barrier-free, and the care is individually tailored, including rehabilitative approaches and experience in special education.
Health & Shape
Health & Shape in Munich offers a diverse sports program, including aerial, dance, fitness, Pilates, pole dance, and yoga. Their trained staff supports people with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, anorexia nervosa, and borderline personality disorders. The facilities are barrier-free and inclusive, and they also offer counseling and coaching in their Health & Shape practice. They have staff with training in disability awareness, background knowledge, or experience in special education, training in applied behavior analysis (ABA), naturopathy, emTRACE coach, and facial resonance coach.
Luka Pure in Berlin offers yoga and Pilates. They rely on specialized coaching and teaching techniques, as well as modified activities, to accommodate different abilities and needs. A sensory-friendly environment with noise reduction and visual aids is also available, and individual support or one-on-one coaching is offered. They also provide a special yoga class workshop. Flexible participation options are available.
Fühle Freiheit Yoga
Fühle Freiheit Yoga in Cologne offers yoga specifically for people with anxiety disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, and ADHD. The studio director, a former sufferer herself, promotes open discussions about mental health and creates a safe space for everyone.