Healthy Spine

Healthy Spine

These are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive being a Scolio-Pilates Practitioner.  If you have any more questions, please leave a comment on the contact page and I will answer you.
What is Scolio-Pilates?
VLS Pilates uses Scolio-Pilates which is a dynamic three-dimensional exercise system designed for people with scoliois to help reduce pain, help stop progression of curves, and improve quality of life.
What are the usual treatments?
Watch and see if the curves progress, wearing a brace, or surgery.   Until recently, exercise really hasn’t been a viable option for a chronic condition like scoliosis.
What do the exercises involve?
Since the scoliotic spine is usually compressed, elongation is utilized.  Optimal breathing techniques are learned and established.  Scoliosis adds curves, so the spine is moved towards neutral using props.  Strengthening and stabilization are applied once elongation, optimal breathing, and neutral have been achieved.
Why did you learn Scolio-Pilates?
Because I believe exercise helps manage chronic conditions such as scoliosis.   I wanted to learn a successful method to educate people how to help reduce pain and improve their scoliosis with exercise.    I also suspected I had a bit of rotation or scoliosis in my spine and this was confirmed after training.  I do these exercises to help reduce pain in my neck, back, shoulders, hips, knees and to help stop the progression of my curves and rotation.  This enables me to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle.
How long do your courses last?
I do an assessment on the first lesson.   After the assessment, at least 10 lessons or 10 hours are usually recommended to see significant changes.   Lessons can be spaced according to a person’s schedule.  Some people come once a week, twice a week, or if traveling a distance an intensive lesson can be spaced out over 2-3 days.  After the initial 10 lessons, a schedule is set.  Some people I see weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly.  Exercises are given to do at home which improves outcomes.
What trainings did you take?
To work with scoliosis, I did a weekend training, completed a 10-week case study, and a week- long intensive training with Karena Thek to become a Scolio-Pilates Practitioner.   I am a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor and have been teaching pilates since 2008.    I continue to study and learn about managing scoliosis and other chronic conditions with exercise.
Where are you located?
I have a studio in my home in Northeast Wichita.
What is your main goal for clients?
If someone has pain with scoliosis, then my first goal is to work with that person to help get them out of pain.  My main goal is to create lasting changes to help alleviate pain, reduce curve progression, strengthen, and improve mobility.  I have received so much joy teaching clients to manage their scoliosis and having successful outcomes.  Part of their successful outcome has been taking what they have learned with me and using it in their daily lives.
 
Vanessa Stewart created VLS Pilates, A Business for Health with a vision to train and educate others that exercise is the key to managing most chronic conditions.  She is a wife, mom, dog lover, and a lifelong learner of new things.  Her concept for exercise being more then "just a workout" includes:  A degree in Health Science from WSU, PMA certification, Medical Exercise Specialist, and a Scolio-Pilates Practitioner.  Vanessa firmly believes most chronic conditions can be managed with exercise.
 

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