Embracing the Curves

Embracing the Curves – (2 days; 9-5pm)

Unravel the Mystery of Scoliosis & Spinal Abnormalities

This enlightening workshop is focusing on the spine, emphasizing the understanding of the more mysterious lateral deviations or scoliosis of the spine. This in-depth journey will clarify any doubts or hesitations in the application of Pilates work to benefit clients who suffer from scoliosis. The hands-on nature of this workshop emphasizes simplicity, clarity and safety. The work will also address: protocol suggested for the Harrington Rod population. The use of repertoire including Pilates equipment will enrich your teaching vocabulary, lift your confidence and optimize your expertise.


  • Gain confidence in the application of Pilates movement repertoire with Scoliotic clientele.
  • To gain a deeper understanding of strategies of spinal rotations.
  • To integrate Pilates exercise protocol by the use of the traditional repertoire and modifications thereof.
  • To apply and customize Pilates repertoire to meet the Scoliosis client’s needs.
  • Introduce the specific Scoliosis corrective and directive cueing techniques.
  • Learn new approaches and modifications to improve movement balance and spinal mobility.


  • The Pelvic Girdle, Diane Lee – ISBN-10: 0443073732
  • The Thorax: An Integrated Approach, Diane Lee – ISBN-10: 0973236302
  • Anatomy of Breathing, Blandine Calais-Germain – ISBN-10: 0939616556
  • Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain – ISBN-10: 0939616572
  • Core Intelligence, Marie-Jose Blom – 2002
  • Pelvic Power: Mind/Body Exercises for Strength, Flexibility, Posture, and Balance for Men and Women, Eric Franklin – ISBN-10: 0871272598
  • The Psoas Book, Liz Koch – ISBN-10: 0965794407
  • The Physiology of the Joints, Volume 3, I.A. Kapandji – ISBN-10: 0443012091

Agenda Day 1:

  • Check In
  • Introduction
  • Different Curves of the Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • The Role of Breathing as Correction Key
  • LAB – The Respiratory System
  • Principles of Translation/Rotation/Unleveling
    • Breathing in the Width (Space)
    • One Lung (Direction Specific)
    • Breathing into the Length (decompression and mobility of the sacrum)

Agenda Day 2:

  • Check In
  • Corrective and Therapeutic Exercises
  • Corrective and Therapeutic Exercises
  • Work on the Cadillac (Trapeze Table)
  • Work on the Reformer
  • Spine Corrector
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Q & A

Continuing Education Credit:

CECs for the course are available from Pilates Method Alliance

If you are interested in booking this workshop for your studio, please contact [email protected].