Ever wanted to start Pilates but don’t know where to begin? We’re passionate about getting people moving with chronic conditions, and where Pilates is such a fantastic tool for pain management and building strength, we’re here to help.

We may be biassed, but Pilates exercises are beneficial for everyone when the right exercises and modifications are chosen of course. The popularity around Pilates has drawn more people to this low impact form of exercise and has been recommended by many health care specialists.  Let’s dive right in and see how to start Pilates easily with your scoliosis or spinal fusion:

What should I know before I start?

Did you know there are six principles of Pilates? Concentration, Control, Centre, Flow, Precision and Breathing. These principles were created almost 100 years ago when Pilates was created for elite ballerinas – there is a definite need for modernising these, and some scoli adjustments of course!


Number one is Concentration – we use movement to focus and clear the mind, allowing us to concentrate on our bodies. Having your kids screaming and workload piling up can leave us brain fried, so we aim to utilise Pilates to gain some headspace.


This leads me onto number two, Control – gaining control over our bodies is empowering and leaves us feeling stronger with our scoliosis. Control comes from understanding our bodies, what adjustments we might need, when we can push a little harder or may need to give ourselves a gentler session.


Traditionally, the 3rd principle, ‘Centre’ is about movements coming from your centre – your Core. We take this very seriously when teaching Pilates for scoliosis, as we work to build your own brace around your core to support your spine. All movements we complete start and end at the core and it’s important we have an awareness of what’s working throughout.


Flow is about creating smooth, buttery movements that don’t feel jerky or awkward – this doesn’t always come easy, especially when we feel a bit stiff! This is one of the original principles that we’re less concerned with. If the movement is doing you good and you feel good after, I’m not too fussed if you look like a ballerina or not!


Precision is again about quality of movement – how are we moving, what are we moving? I love that this draws focus into the body – noticing what body papers are working, where we might feel muscle imbalances on one side for example really helps to understand our bodies and have the best workout for us.


Breathing – I always sound like a broken record in class asking people to ‘BREATHE!’ – our diaphragm is the main muscle used in breathing, and forms and incredibly important part of our core. When we do rough work in class, it can be tempting to hold our breath or tense to try and get the move done – it is so important to breathe in order to use the core efficiently and safely.

Not only that – breathing is a great way to relax and break the stress/pain cycle. When we take a minute to breathe and focus on the moment, we can look at pain more objectively. You can see how these principles come together to create a movement style focusing on safe, effective movement perfect for connecting with yourself and learning about your body, whilst getting strong.

I hope we have helped you take that first step and get started on your pilates journey… remember the six principles of pilates and you’ll be a pilates professional in no time! Head over to our timetable where you can book a free Pilates trial and we can help you take the first steps to start these six principles. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Lily Harris