Pilates Solutions for Scoliosis

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If you’re a teacher struggling to understand Scoliosis, this illuminating class can help. Niedra Gabriel shares her own incredibly simple and brilliant techniques for restoring the body to balance with Pilates. She works with Joanne Higgins whose formerly dramatic spinal curves have been greatly reduced using the ideas demonstrated here. Using padding under Joanne’s body to balance out her curves, Niedra takes her through a series of focused, classical mat exercises to retrain the weaker muscles. She finishes with work on the Reformer and Pilates Foot Corrector to rebuild the foundation that supports the spine. You can train with and learn to teach Pilates with Niedra at Mind2Body Studio in Sherman Oaks, California where this class was filmed. Visit Niedra’s website at: www.spirit-moves.com. APPARATUS NOTE: This class uses several small pads, a mat, Reformer, Foot Corrector and Magic Circle.  

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  1. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 5 years ago

    Such fun to stimulate new thinking. Using pillows also helped the students deepen placement sensation because they had more feed ‘back,’ and could access the use of gravity. Homework with a shortened swim noodle to roll the outside of their (tender) foot got them bracing upward for the foot corrector. Very thoughtful class, Niedra.

    • Niedra Gabriel Author
      Niedra Gabriel 4 years ago

      Thank you Susan, I am reading your comment and enjoying the fact that you are putting this to use and building on this for your students. Keep on going.

  2. Geeta 6 years ago

    Hi Niedra, thank you for your video, experimenting! I tried it out on my clients (pillow padding) and it works fantastic and I and them can see the difference. Your approach makes a lot of sense to me as it activates the muscles much more efficient while their working out. Very nice!
    Monika , NYC

  3. Niedra Gabriel Author
    Niedra Gabriel 7 years ago

    I am just now reading the newer comments and want to express my joy in seeing the interest in this work and the subject. We are really fortunate to have this opportunity to study live moving bodies, people inhabiting these bodies and how complex and uniqe each and every one of us is, whether we have scoliosis or not. There is never an exact formula for anything so always use common sense as well – what I really mean is look think feel and apply what you know with that edge of trying to see the un seen. ( I hope this makes sense)

  4. FrankZito
    FrankZito 7 years ago

    Niedra is the teacher’s teacher. So lucky to know her.

  5. Niedra Gabriel Author
    Niedra Gabriel 7 years ago

    Thank you all for your comments, Scoliosis is such an interesting physical condition as it is like 2 different bodies connected together. I hope you all find this information interesting.

  6. pilatesgal50 7 years ago

    Wow, Niedra! That was simply fabulous. Please consider doing more on this topic. Am inspired by all you showed, but especially the footwork and Magic Circle. You definitely stimulated me to think outside the box to help my clients with these issues. Thank you!

  7. Elena
    Elena 7 years ago

    Thank you for this video was so interesting I Alisa you always find something to surprire us !! I hope We can see other video on scoliosis and feet alignement is so important !,,, Niedra you are incredible was really a pleasure seeing you thank you for everything you share with us!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Isn’t Niedra’s way of teaching fantastic?! I’m so glad you enjoyed this class we plan on bringing you much more of her, thanks Elena.

  8. Ynowak 7 years ago

    It’s so nice to find you on Pilatesology Niedra! My son has similar dropped arch issues you described and I am going to have him do footwork as you described here. Thank you.

  9. PilatesJuliet 7 years ago

    I love this video!! Thanks Niedra, Alisa, and Jack! It was thought provoking with great ideas to help our clients. #pilatesisthebest

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