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.
The Spiral Spine scoliosis workshops were created to fit any allotment of time, from 2-hours to a full weekend, and any setting including conferences and studios. Each workshop, with the exception of Scoliosis Intensive, is progressive and includes the content of the previous workshops. You may read the full descriptions below.
Please view the form at the bottom of this page if you are interested in booking Erin for a workshop.
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.
In this hands-on workshop, you’ll experience Erin’s unique approach to analyzing a scoliotic body using analytical tools that will help you understand the complexities of spinal curvatures and rotations. You’ll learn to perform a hands-on spinal and pelvic assessment, diagram a scoliotic body, place pads correctly while exercising, and use a scoliometer to measure spinal rotation. You’ll also learn how to track the de-rotation and lessening of a scoliotic spinal curvature so you can confidently monitor the long-term progress of a scoliotic spine. Watch the trailer.
Scoliosis Movement Principles
4 hours • Diagramming Scoliosis, plus:
Erin uses current medical research that reinforces the benefits of movement for scoliosis and creatively intertwines these findings with specific Pilates exercises that are effective for scoliosis. The result of that pairing is the Scoliosis Movement Principles workshop, which includes teaching on increasing proprioception, creating length within the spine, using breath and de-rotating the spine, focusing on plumb lines, mobilizing the spine, and utilizing core muscles.
The analysis method previously learned in the Diagramming Scoliosis workshop provides the foundation to properly explore these principles. Scoliosis Movement Principles is designed to help the spine find a more neutral alignment, and reduce the pain and discomfort felt by those with scoliosis, allowing them to live their life to the fullest. Watch the trailer.
6 hours • Diagramming Scoliosis, Scoliosis Movement Principles, plus:
This workshop will allow you to fine-tune an individual exercise regimen by incorporating proven medical research. Convex and concave muscles are explored in depth, along with typical areas of musculature that affect the spine. You’ll learn how to test strength and flexibility in these areas, in addition to mastering exercises that can create bilateral symmetry in a scoliotic back.
Erin will also address the emotional aspects of scoli, giving you the tools to navigate this side of scoliosis. Movement practitioners will learn how to speak about the emotional side in a way that educates and inspires their clients. Watch the trailer.
12 hours, 2-day workshop • Diagramming Scoliosis, Scoliosis Movement Principles, Analyzing Scoliosis, plus:
Comprehending Scoliosis, Spiral Spine’s most complete workshop to date, combines the elements from each of Erin Myers’ scoliosis workshop offerings into an intensive, 2-day work session. This invaluable training will give you the tools as a Pilates instructor to allow you to quickly develop a game plan when that first-time scoliosis client walks into your studio for a lesson.
Day one will cover the research-backed principles mentioned in the other workshops, including diagramming a scoliotic body and using a scoliometer. Day two starts with a scoliosis-focused Mat and/or Reformer Pilates class that embodies the previous day’s work. 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. A game plan for subsequent lessons is also covered, along with ways to eventually integrate a scoliosis client into a group class setting.
Common diagnoses seen in conjunction with scoliosis, including leg length discrepancy, osteoporosis, and hypermobility, are also covered. You’ll learn how to effectively work with those conditions and others, such as back bracing and spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis. You’ll finish the workshop by exploring a variety of real-life, scoliosis case studies, which will truly help you comprehend how to work with scoliosis clients.
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12 hours, 2-day workshop
Scoliosis Intensive includes elements of Erin’s other workshops (Diagramming Scoliosis, Scoliosis Movement Principles, and Analyzing Scoliosis) 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.
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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