Many people with scoliosis choose Pilates based programs to maintain their fitness. Pilates helps people with scoliosis by focusing on improved postural alignment as well as by providing a safe fitness option to increase flexibility, strength, and movement fluidity. In addition, Pilates may help ease the pain that some people with scoliosis experience.
I specialize in developing safe and enjoyable Pilates programs with appropriate exercise modification for clients who have scoliosis by focusing on the following key principles:
- Neutral spine and neutral pelvis
- Breath and global expansion
- Axial elongation and core control
- Organization of the head, neck, and shoulders
- Alignment and weight bearing of the extremities
- Movement integration
I am well versed in other spine conditions that may present in adults as a result of scoliosis such as stenosis, spondylolisthesis, herniations, fusions, arthritis, and pain due to asymmetrical loading of the spine over time.
“I was fortunate to participate in Jen’s Yoga for Scoliosis Class Series in Manhattan. I had no experience with yoga but was aware that I needed to attend to issues related to my scoliosis. Starting with the first class, I knew that I was in good hands. After Jen examined my back, I learned that I had an S curve, right thoracic and left lumbar. Every class with Jen was productive, fun, and energizing. She is extremely knowledgeable about scoliosis and how to work safely within the confines of anatomy and musculature on any given day. She challenged me, in a compassionate manner, to find new positions, new ways to be within my body. I continued taking Jen’s classes until she left for Chicago. I now have a yoga practice that informs my posture and movements 24/7!”
70 year old retired physician