Pilates Programming for Scoliosis


Pilates Programming for Two Types of Scoliosis:

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Adult Degenerative Scoliosis

Scoliosis encompasses all age groups.

Most Pilates instructors will encounter the two main types which are the adolescent idiopathic type, meaning no known cause, and the adult degenerative type, meaning scoliosis that has progressed over time to now become arthritic in nature.

These two types call for differing approaches in programming.




Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Better understand the meanings of the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis type and the adult degenerative scoliosis type

  2. Identify the physical and physiological differences of the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis type and the adult degenerative scoliosis type

  3. Contrast and compare the physical and psychosocial needs of the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis type and the adult degenerative scoliosis typeadolescent idiopathic scoliosis

  4. Better understand how to apply decompressing Pilates mat exercises directed toward the adult with 

  5. Better understand how to apply the body skills and Pilates mat exercises appropriate for those with 

  6. degenerative scoliosis

  7. Better understand organization and sequencing of exercises for clients in these differing populations using the Pilates environment



7 Hours

Further Details

The adolescent population is often concerned with stemming progression of the curves and stabilizing the spine while the spine is still growing. This population is usually fortunate to not have spinal pathologies that afflict a mature population. They need guidance to build strength and learn physical strategies for school attendance, to participate in youth activities and develop a language to describe their physical needs and sensations. Pilates is an excellent medium to give youth body skills and strategies that will last a life time.

The mature population often suffers from the physical disappointments of aging such as joint damage, loss of muscle tone and diminishing physical activity due to bodily discomforts. The hips and pelvis are often impacted creating more limitations in range and comfort of stride and so social activity. This population needs a physical resource such as Pilates that can mobilize and strengthen the spine as well as promote renewed gait.

Learn the differences in how to approach each population while offering a firm foundation of organization and sequencing Pilates-based material.

This is a basic to intermediate course.