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Spinal Asymmetry and Scoliosis provides a theoretical framework and specific progressive exercises in the Pilates environment for movement professionals in their work with those individuals who have asymmetries of the spine, ribcage and pelvis, associated with conditions such as scoliosis. It seeks to educate and advise Pilates instructors who want to move beyond basic certification to work safely and effectively with those who have structural and functional asymmetries. It explains the musculoskeletal ramifications of spinal asymmetry, based on relevant anatomy and current theories of causes of deformity, in order to throw light on an often confusing topic.

A developed framework offers practical solutions that will further the body of knowledge in the specialized education of Pilates instructors by enabling them to learn a safe and systematic method of instructing those with scoliosis. This framework helps instructors administer individualized Pilates exercise progressions. These comprise: creating a client profile for the individual; developing concepts and considerations for effective exercise delivery and execution; and presentation of those exercise progressions. In addition, two important aspects not yet found within the Pilates field are addressed. The first is the importance of the significant role, outlining the scope of practice of the Pilates instructor in the care of those with spinal asymmetries. And secondly is to identify separate approaches necessary for differing populations at distinct times of life. Stages such as youth, and adult each require a certain approach. The decades of young adult, mid-life, and elder years present special challenges due to the co-morbidities associated with the adult with scoliosis.






Chapter 1:     Introduction
Chapter 2:     The Scoliosis Team
Chapter 3:     Being an influence: how Pilates instructors have a special place in scoliosis care

Chapter 4:     Looking at the causes of scoliosis
Chapter 5:     Learning from the medical field: diagnosis, classifications
Chapter 6:     Chief concepts: a framework of reference

Chapter 7:     Assessments: identifying the pattern
Chapter 8:     Laying the foundation: initial education, organization, coordination
Chapter 9:     Breaking up the pattern: motion is lotion
Chapter 10:   Redirect the pattern
Chapter 11:   Correct the pattern: 3 Es into everyday life
Chapter 12:   Programming for the individual: beyond the pattern
Chapter 13:   Summary and final words

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-72-8
Edition no 1
Pages 254
Illustrations 170 images
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 26 October 2018

Author biography

Suzanne Martin is recognized as an international expert in the field of human movement and potential. A doctor of physical therapy and a gold-certified Pilates expert, she is an international presenter, speaker, coach and mentor, as well as an award-winning author and DVD producer. Dr Martin’s aesthetic for movement started in the visual arts and dance. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she blends art and science into her writing and instruction from the fine arts, health and movement fields. Her mission is to add value to people’s lives both directly to the people she treats and to those who help with healing and performance enhancement. Her passion is to help those with chronic conditions that require lifelong learning and management such as professional and recreational performance, foot issues, spinal asymmetries, and cancer survivorship. As a performing arts specialist, Suzanne Martin has been a Wellness Consultant for Smuin Ballet for over 19 years. As Founder of Pilates Therapeutics LLC, an educational organization for movement instructors and therapists, her mission is to develop leaders by in-depth training and mentorship. Annual Specialization Mentoring Programs, host site teaching, and instructional DVDs (available for CE credit), featuring the therapeutic application of the Pilates Method and nutrition, are available worldwide. For further information and to see her teaching schedule, go to

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