WHY PILATES ?
Everyone can experience the benefits of really knowing their body. Deliberate Pilates is a wonderful way to use your mind while you exercise. Living with scoliosis and striving to improve your comfort level, strength, and health is a worthy and realistic effort. It's possible to learn scoliosis maintenance exercises for your rotation and lateral deviation safely and comfortably.
Considering how well you, or your client, know their scoliosis is a great place to start when exercising with scoliosis. How well do they know their spine? If you are going to try and strengthen core anatomy structures and learn to do scoliosis-safe Pilates, then gaining a knowledge and understanding of what the Pilates world calls body awareness is vital. Making any change to ones body should start from the inside out, literally. Moving deliberately involves learning to sense all of your movement first.
Next, there are gentle exercises that help people get to know the nooks and crannies or their movement strategies. For example; Do you have a plan for helping yourself cope with your current movement patterns and pain? Do you know your curves? Where is the curve's home in your spine? What movements irritate your body? What is your endurance like during daily life?
We all have an unconscious way of pushing through pain, but what if we listened to the pain and allowed it move us toward to feeling better? By being attentive to your body and increasing exercises like modified pilates, stretches, and creating mind-body connections, improvement is going to happen in life no matter what your goals are!
I have a lumbar curve and a compensatory thoracic curve that are serious enough that I am a candidate for surgery. I know what it's like to be enjoying an evening and suddenly realize you need to be home immediately laying down. Even though those moments are far from enjoyable, they are signals that my body can use to help me get to work on a mind-body practice. I use Pilates to embrace where my body is and chart a path toward feeling better!
Pilates can be exciting and honest work. It is done with a knowledge of where you are coming from and accepting each bone and muscle as it is, and it will help you build your new body and awareness. This type of body awareness, whether a person has scoliosis or not, is serious but can be fun too! Facing pain is not fun of course, but gaining awareness is very fun! I try to focus on what else is going on with my body that might be contributing to my discomfort. Those are the places where I can begin using the tools Pilates offers: alignment, breath work, release work, and movement to make changes.
The thought of future relief can be a light at the end of this thoughtful tunnel. It will be the start to a journey of the body awareness you need to help you make informed decisions for your health.
If you are going to be trying some exercises yourself this type of thinking is a great help in making your own progress and can be a help in communicating with your Pilates Instructor.
A master teacher I very much admire, Marie-José Blom said, "You don't want to fix it, fixing it will do just that - fix or keep a spine in place. You want to build mobility." I enjoy her words so much because it's easier to focus on "fixing or getting rid of something", but it is rewarding to embrace reality with a positive lens! When we focus on knowing and sensing and not just results we allow ourselves to become what we were meant to be.
I look forward to working with you!