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, fun fitness option to increase core strength, mobility, and movement fluidity. In addition, Pilates may help ease the pain that some people with scoliosis experience.
We specialize in developing safe and enjoyable Pilates programs with appropriate exercise modification for clients who have scoliosis. We start by learning about your individual curve pattern and some general things about scoliosis. Then we focus on the following key principles:
- Neutral spine and neutral pelvis
- Breath and global expansion
- Axial elongation and core control
- Expansion of concavities
- Organization of the head, neck, and shoulders
- Alignment and weight bearing of the extremities
- Movement integration
We are 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 just wanted to say a HUGE thanks for class on Saturday and for EVERYTHING you’ve been offering this year. Doing this work with you has caused a complete shift in my relationship to my spine, my wellness, the way I breathe, dance, sleep, and do everything! Seriously- this work has been a huge transformative bright spot in such a challenging year. I can’t imagine that I did such a long bunch of years of dancing and living without knowing all of this amazing information you are sharing with us, and I know that my future as a dancer/mover/human has been so positively affected by doing this learning and incorporating these movements and new concepts into my life. I am SOOOOOOO deeply thankful for all that you continue to offer- it is 100% life changing, and I will never go back! Thank you thank you thank you”