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Workshop #1261

Pilates for Scoliosis

2 hr 30 min - Workshop


Madeline Black teaches how to create an effective exercise program for your clients with scoliosis by working with the structure, breath, and different exercises to change the presentation of your client's scoliosis into better alignment and function. She will lecture on the types of scoliosis, how to adjust the movements for the balance between stability and mobility of the spine while strengthening. Madeline uses props, Mat exercises, and the Pilates apparatus to allow for spinal elongation, and three planar movement potential. She also uses a model client for demonstration purposes.


- Learn the definition of structural versus functional scoliosis

- Understand the mechanics of scoliosis and its health risk

- Assess the type of scoliosis

- Use exercises to specifically minimize the curve and to create elongation with a balance of mobility and stability

- Learn a three planar approach to movement choices in programming

- Teach on the Mat, Pilates apparatus using props, and learn specific cues directed toward scoliosis

We want to thank Jean Claude West for the 3D imaging.

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What You'll Need: Mixed Equipment

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Nov 15, 2013
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Continuing Education Credits

If you complete this workshop, you will earn:

3.0 credits from National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)

The National Pilates Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

3.0 credits from Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA)

The Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) is an independent and not-for-profit organization established by the Pilates industry as a regulatory body for control of quality instruction, member support, and integrity within all legitimate approaches to the Pilates Method.

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thank you Madelaine
love your info.
i just wanted to know if you have any more advice for me I am starting to work with a young lady that wears a brace. I have not seem she yet. but i usume that wearing a brace make her quite weak and lack of body awareness. is there other exercise than what i saw in you seminar i should start with
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Hi there, first of all thank you for the workshop it was really informative. I'm a scoliosis sufferer and it helped me understand my condition a lot more. The doctors I've seen only seem to have a very narrow view of scoliosis. I do have a couple of questions:

1. How would I tailor the exercises you show for mat work as I don't have access to a reformer?
2. I live in the UK and would really appreciate some contacts for pilates instructors who specialise in scoliosis?
Hi Carole, I would advise you to have the young woman work with you without the brace on. Prop her as shown on the video. Teach her to feel what i centered for her spine. The standing with the feet one on front of the other with the translation is somethig she practices everyday, several times a day. Did you see the mat class for scoliosis? There are tons of movements to do. But first, she needs to feel where and how she needs tostand, sit and lie down.
Carole- I meant to say that she can wear her brace as instructed with the new awareness of her centered spine. Only not to wear while she is moving with you.
Hi Rosie, Your first question is confusing. Mat work is without the Reformer. Did you see the mat class? The UK is quite a big place. In London, go see Alan Herdman! In Bath, go see Susie Lecomber at Bath Pilates.
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Hi Carole, yes I have seen Kathy Corey's mat class but was cautious to take it without using the props you talk about in your workshop (I know you placed a lot of emphasis on making sure your spine is straight before you do an exercise)? Can I just integrate the props into the mat class? In regards to my second question I live in Reading which is near to London, so I will contact Alan Herman's practice, unless you know of any closer Pilates instructors?
Rosie ~ In addition to Kathy Corey's Mat class for Scoliosis, Madeline Black also taught a class that used the tools she taught in this workshop. I have included the link here so it is easy to find. I hope you enjoy it.
The mat class I was referring to was my Scoliosis mat class where the props are used along with specific sequencing and cueing. In London, it is Alan HERDMAN not Herman.
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Madeline, Gia, thank you - I'm now on the same page as you and I can now see your Scoliosis mat class. Brilliant. I've already e-mailed Herdman's pilated studio, so thanks again for the contact.
Hi Madeline: I am currently working with a client that has a rod essentially from T1-lumbar, no exact info on that. At one time there were hooks attaching close to psis but have now come loose and free floating. So we only work in flat back. I have tried using the use of soft thin foam pieces under the shoulders etc as in your mat class but this seems to have brought on possible thoracic rotation, with many negative side effects. Ha this happened with any of your clients.
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