It’s been well documented that people with scoliosis experience movement restrictions in their ribcage and lungs. I know I’ve felt it. It starts in my upper ribcage, and at times, it’s almost debilitating.

Breath is extremely important, particularly for people with scoliosis, for a variety of reasons. As a movement practitioner, my goal is to increase the breath in my scoli clients’ bodies.

I was reminded of the importance of conscious breathing and the affects on the body several summers ago when I was going through very intensive teacher-training. There was a ton of ribcage movement and breath work involved. I can honestly say it was more than I had ever done.

One afternoon as I neared the end of the multi-week training, I took a walk with my young boys to the park. My oldest son wanted to sing while we were walking and I happily obliged.

Before I knew it, I was belting out “Wheels On The Bus” from somewhere deep within my body that I had never accessed before. My voice was so loud, clear and bold, it actually freaked my kids out! They stood frozen in their tracks, their eyes wide with fear. One of my sons asked, “Mommy! What happened?” I belly laughed in sheer happiness, realizing that all the ribcage release and deep breath work I had been doing had freed up my lungs, diaphragm, ribcage muscles and fascia, allowing me to access my breath, and my voice, like never before.

Breath is life. Without it, we cease to live. It’s that simple. As someone living with scoliosis, I need you to understand the magnitude of this.

A few videos on Spiral Spine TV will teach you how to breathe while doing specific exercises. My exercise video Hard Core Scoli also incorporates breathing exercises, so it’s a good tool to have on hand for everyone that has scoliosis.

Let’s take this concept of breath one step further. I live in Nashville, known as “Music City,” and the caliber of music here is arguably the best in the country, if not the world. Last year, a band called All Sons And Daughters led the worship service at church. This wasn’t a stereotypical, old-fashioned “church” where the congregation sings ancient hymns with a sweet little grandma playing the organ. Oh no, this music was alive.

All Sons And Daughters started singing the song “Great Are You Lord” and I broke. My knees buckled and tears started pouring out of my eyes from deep within my soul as the words and music brought me to a new place of understanding on the importance of breath.

As a body practitioner who specializes in working with people who have scoli, I have dealt with different forms of breath and know why it’s important. However, that moment in church brought my understanding of breath to an all-new level.

Meditate on these lyrics and let them sink into your soul.

Great Are You Lord

By All Sons And Daughters

You give life, You are love

You bring light to the darkness

You give hope, You restore

Every heart that is broken

Great are You, Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise to You only

All the earth will shout

Your praise

Our hearts will cry

These bones will sing

Great are You, Lord

The longer I work with the scoliosis community, the more emotional anguish I get to help my clients work through. As I’ve helped the physical body, I’ve realized I must also help heal the emotional body. If you haven’t tapped into what’s going on with you emotionally, I suggest you pry that door open. I created My Scoli Journal to help you do precisely that.

If your ribcage is free but your soul is not, you’ll still be stuck. Freedom in movement is life-giving. His breath is what gives us true life. Let the Lord breathe Life into your body.