You really, really want to attend the Scoliosis Intensive workshop at Spiral Spine Pilates, but you just can’t make it in person. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here’s how to replicate that experience from your own home or studio.
Since the Scoliosis Intensive workshop is for both practitioners and people with scoliosis, you’ll have to decide which of those two paths you want to follow. Below I have put together a collection of my online resources that you will study to acquire the same knowledge and skills you would get in the workshop. After you’ve worked your way through these resources and made your list of questions, book a virtual lesson with me or one of my skilled teachers, and we’ll answer your questions and go over the exercises. The best part of this is that you can learn from us wherever you are in the world at whatever pace is best for you.
- Take a look at your personalized list of scoliosis resources. (expand list
Action Item Read "Analyzing Scoliosis" Learn to use a Scoliometer "How to use a Scoliometer"
iPhone | Android
Scoliometer Tracking Chart
Read "The Role of the Teacher"
"How to Perform a Scoliosis Physical Assessment"
Watch & learn "Analyzing Scoliosis"
"Initial Scoliosis Lesson"
"Untwisting Scoli: Maya"
If you work with special populations, also: "Scoliosis with Kids" & "Scoliosis Spinal Fusion"
- Work through the list. Make sure you learn to do a physical assessment, use dot stickers, draw a diagram sketch, how/when to pad, and use a Scoliometer.
- Write down questions as you go – this will greatly help you later on if you choose to do a virtual private lesson with a Spiral Spine Pilates teacher.
- Practice with clients. As I frequently say, scoliosis is confusing, and there is nothing that helps you figure it out like practice. This is one of the most important parts of your “virtual” Scoliosis Intensive. As you work with clients, try and figure out the answers to the questions you previously wrote down by trial and error (I have a secret to tell you, that’s one of the ways I figured out how to successfully work with scoli bodies).
- Still have questions or have a particularly confusing case? Book a virtual private with me or one of my teachers, and we’d love to help you – your client can even be present during the lesson if you’d like. (Booking a virtual private? Follow these instructions on how to prepare.)
For people with scoliosis and parents of kids with scoliosis
- If you already working with a practitioner, share this post with them or direct them to their personalized list of resources.
- If you don’t have a practitioner, or want to educate yourself, start with the appropriate list:
- I have scoli (expand list
- I have fused scoliosis (expand list
Action Item Watch Starting Point Series Watch Scoliosis Spinal Fusion Follow the fusion rules 1. Know exactly what is fused on your body. If you don't, treat your whole spine as if it is fused.
2. Stabilize the areas of the spine that are fused and never attempt to move or correct them.
3. Mobilize, stabilize, and encourage biomechanically correct movements in all joints of the body that aren’t fused.
- My child has scoliosis (expand list
- Work through the above resources. They will teach you the skills that are covered in the Scoliosis Intensive workshop. When you’re done, you should have a diagram of your scoli, know how/if to pad yourself, and be comfortable with using a Scoliometer.
- To get a movement program tailored to your scoliosis, please find a local practitioner (Starting Point Series video 4) or book a virtual private with me or one of my teachers.
- Still have questions, or overwhelmed with how and where to start? Don’t worry, almost everyone is at the beginning of their proactive scoli journey. Take a deep breath, and please book a virtual private with me or one of my teachers. (Booking a virtual private? Follow these instructions on how to prepare.)
Trust me, once you have worked through these resources and taken a virtual lesson or two, you’ll feel empowered to confidently take on scoliosis.