Spiral Spine Workshops
Do you know how to plan a successful lesson for a first-time scoli client when armed with only an X-ray and a five-minute phone conversation? Can you not only plan that first lesson, but also make a subsequent plan of action so that person becomes a client of yours for life? Accomplishing this may seem overwhelming, but Erin Myers has the knowledge and skill to give you the confidence to boldly and safely work with scoliotic clients. Our scoliosis workshops will teach you this and more!
scoliosis WORKSHOPs Offered
The Spiral Spine scoliosis workshops were created to fit any setting including conferences and studios and are offered as one or multiple days. You may read the full descriptions below.
Interested in using one of our workshops for CECs? That's great! You'll need to petition your certification board to receive credit. We have all the necessary materials for you to include with your petition. Past attendees say the petition process is simple and painless, and we've yet to come across a program that doesn't accept Spiral Spine's courses.
Analyzing Scoliosis: Part 1
Only offered outside of Nashville, TN
In this hands-on workshop, Erin Myers will share her unique approach to analyzing and working with a scoliotic body. She'll cover how to to perform a hands-on spinal and pelvic assessment, diagram a scoliotic body, place pads for exercising, use a scoliometer to measure spinal rotation, and apply the research-backed principles mentioned in Analyzing Scoliosis. You'll gain skills to help clients find a more neutral alignment and reduce pain and discomfort related to scoliosis.
You'll be taught how to increase proprioception and use breath to create spinal length in clients' bodies and how to track the de-rotation and lessening of a scoliotic spinal curvature, allowing you to monitor progress long-term. You'll also learn specific Pilates exercises to balance flexibility and strength in the scoliotic body. Erin uses current scoliosis movement research to develop and creatively enhance Pilates movements. Finally, common diagnoses and conditions seen in conjunction with scoliosis will be covered. You'll learn how to work with leg length discrepancies, osteoporosis, hypermobility, spinal fusion surgery and back bracing.
Analyzing scoliosis: Part 2
Recommended prerequisite: Analyzing Scoliosis Part 1 (This workshop will build upon lessons learned during Analyzing Scoliosis: Part 1.)
Only offered outside of Nashville, TN
This workshop starts with a scoliosis-focused Mat and/or Reformer Pilates class that embodies the previous workshop’s curriculum. After the workout, participants will refer to their previously created diagram sketches and go into greater depth on structuring a scoliosis client’s initial lesson. Creating a plan for subsequent lessons is also covered, along with ways to eventually integrate a scoliosis client into a group class setting.
In addition, muscular discrepancies common to concave and convex curves will be explored, along with the typical muscles that are involved in scoliosis. You'll learn how to perform strength tests for each muscle and specific exercises that target them and can help create bilateral symmetry in the scoliotic back long-term. Finally, the emotional aspects of scoliosis are addressed, giving you the tools to navigate this often times ignored, yet vital, side of scoliosis.
12 hours, 2-day workshop
Only offered in Nashville, TN
Scoliosis Intensive includes elements of Erin’s other scoliosis workshops but is specifically designed in response to the high demand of two groups of people wanting to work with Erin and her staff: scoliosis clients wanting specific instruction about their body and movement practitioners wanting to learn how to work with scoliosis clients. This workshop brings these groups of people together with Erin and her staff to create a one-of-a-kind learning environment. This information-packed workshop is designed to leave members of both groups feeling confident about managing their own or a client’s scoliosis.
Anyone with scoliosis is welcome to attend this workshop. Whether you’re 7 or 70, have a 16- or 60-degree curve, never plan on being fused, have had spinal fusion surgery, or are wearing a brace, we can help you. You will learn, in a hands-on, easy-to-understand way, how your scoli presents itself, research-based strengthening and release work exercises, individualized exercises for your unique body, how to modify exercises in group class settings, and a game plan for when you return home.
All movement practitioners are able to attend this workshop. You will work alongside Erin and her staff to help scoliosis clients through the process of understanding their beautiful scoliotic bodies by analyzing their bodies' needs, teaching them scoliosis movement principles, and creating tailored movement homework for each scoliosis client. Practitioners will need to have purchased Analyzing Scoliosis: The Pilates Instructor’s Guide to Scoliosis and have read it in its entirety prior to the workshop. They will need to bring their copy of Analyzing Scoliosis as well as a list of any questions they may have to the workshop.
Can't attend in person? Information on how to recreate the learning from the workshop in your own space can be found here.
As Erin's staff helps her teach the Scoliosis Intensive workshop, it is only offered on location at Spiral Spine Pilates studio in Brentwood, TN.
- If you have scoliosis and live too far away to see Erin or the Spiral Spine Pilates staff regularly, this workshop is for you.
- Practitioners who want to shadow Erin and see how she works on scoli clients first-hand, this workshop is for you.
- Parents are welcome to attend for free if their child attends this workshop, but their attendance is not required. If you plan to attend with your child, registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org after you register your child stating you plan to attend with them to ensure you are registered.
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