Clients: Getting Started with Scolio-Pilates®

Before and after 6 months of Scolio-Pilates®. Many of these changes are accomplished after just a 2-week intensive but after only 2 weeks, the changes are not sustainable. After 6 months and lots of strengthening later, the changes are easier to hold. This young woman moved on to a professional dance career and does her Scolio-Pilates exercises before and after each rehearsal. It’s not an overnight fix. But it’s worth the effort.

This young athlete enjoys the beach between Scolio-Pilates Intensive sessions. After your Scolio-Pilates Intensive you will continue at home with a home exercise program. Once at home, online sessions are a frequently used option. See testimonials below.

After, a one-week Scolio-Pilates Intensive, this gentleman makes great strides in pain relief. Please see his testimonial below.

Free YouTube Videos: Good!

Many of you have found us because of YouTube and have already been doing the exercises. That’s great! If you have not seen these free exercises and information videos yet, it might be a great place to start; especially with our Frequently Asked Questions video.

Skype with Karena: Better!

You may find that getting to Karena’s studio or the studio of one of her practitioners worldwide is just too difficult. In that case, we can schedule a Skype session. For a Skype session you will need to send Karena your X-rays via email as well as fill out the same questionnaire that our in-person clients fill out. With this information, we can move forward with a productive Skype session. Please note, that while an in-person meeting can be effective without an X-ray, a Skype session is much less effective without an X-ray. Please consider this before scheduling your Skype session.

Another great use for Skype is to continue working with Karena weekly, or whatever your schedule allows, after completing a Scolio-Pilates® Intensive. Read more about the Scolio-Pilates® Intensive next!

How to schedule: Email Karena
Invoice: You will be asked to pay for your one hour Skype session before it begins. The invoice will emailed to you. Thank-you!

Scolio-Pilates Intensive, In-Person: Highly Recommended!

This is what we like most and what we recommend if it is possible. I know that California is not always easy to get to, but if you can make it, we find that working in-person is the most effective. We’d like to meet you one-on-one and Karena likes to be able to spend an extended amount of time with you to perfect your home program. These in-person programs are generally 4-10 days in length. You will meet with Karena up to 3 hours a day. A typical session is two hours in the morning with a 2-hour break for lunch and then a 1-hour session after lunch. Do what works best for you. What we have described here is what works best for most of our clients, but you know what’s best for you, so we will work with what you’d like to do. It’s most important that you spend enough time with Karena that, together, you can create a strong Scolio-Pilates® exercise program for you to continue at home; as long as we can accomplish that, any schedule works.

During your intensive you can expect the following to be accomplished:

  • Assessment of your scoliosis curve
  • A system for wedging your curve towards neutral
  • A system for strengthening the spine once placed towards neutral
  • A system of elongation for your scoliosis
  • A system of breathing to assist movement towards neutral
  • A system of fascial involvement to assist the more neutral position

How to Schedule: Email Karena
Invoice: You will be asked to pay for two hours of your session before you arrive. The invoice will be emailed to you.

Still photography and video of your exercises are allowed and we encourage it. Thank-you! If you’d like us to video your home program and prepare it for you, please let us know and we can make arrangements for that as well.

Corrective Wedges can make breathing easier. Jennifer comes in from Ecuador a few times a year to visit family and spends time each time with Karena. She is a featured model in Scoliosis Quarterly Winter 2015.

MORE OPTIONS: OsteoPilates, Neuro-Pilates and Golf!

Karena is the author of 3 books and working on the 4th. Karena also specializes in creating exercise programs for osteoporosis, neurological disorders and golf (because everybody needs a diversion!). Her books and expertise are as follows:

  1. OsteoPilates (exercise for osteoporosis),
  2. Scolio-Pilates® (exercise for scoliosis),
  3. The Pilates Golf Athlete (exercise for golf) and
  4. Still being written: Neuro-Pilates® (exercise for neurological disorders) .

Special Note: While Neuro-Pilates® is being written, Karena is looking for volunteers to participate in case studies. Each participant will receive 10 free private sessions with Karena.

Traveling from afar to work with Karena? When you join Karena at her “tiny but mighty” home studio in Hollywood Beach, California, you can stay at Embassy Suites, Oxnard, which is only 1/2 mile away. And it’s even more beautiful than the picture.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Muscle Imbalances and Scoliosis

THANK YOU sooo much for the great notes for wedging, etc.  HUGE help! I’m SOOO excited to let you know that I’m holding strong and the exercises you’ve set up for me are GREAT!   wooohooo!!!!!

Jennifer B Ecuador November 27, 2015

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