Course Description

Boditree's introduction to working with participants with Scoliosis begins with asssessment, then moves to release work, breath work, ooving, Matwork principles, then Pilates apparatus.  Learn how to assess and continuously correct imbalances, respond with useful modifications, and create a comprehensive workout that will assist the body to better support their structure.  Reduce pain, increase strength, and most importantly, improve awareness of imbalances and to teach people how to take better responsibility for their imbalances in daily life. 

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Owner and Founder

Risa Mathews

Risa Mathews has owned and operated Boditree Pilates & Healing in Vancouver since 1999. Prior to this time Risa was residing in Sydney, Australia, where she was attending grad school, and also operating her first Boditree Pilates studio, in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Risa sold her Sydney studio in late 1999, and opened Boditree in Vancouver soon after returning home. Risa has successfully integrated a number of healing modalities into the Pilates environment, which has shown to assist participants in managing pain and better prepare them for physical exercise. Risa has created, published, and trademarked a number of protocols that will now be shared via online course offerings. Risa has researched and created these protocols to help manage the following, but not limited to : chronic pain, injury, rehabilitation from surgery, plus a multitude of conditions such scoliosis, Parkinsons, MS, learning disabilities, joint replacement, emotional trauma, post-surgical rehabilitation, and pre and post-natal conditioning. These online courses are meant to give fellow instructors and movement therapists an opportunity to study with Risa, without having to travel to Vancouver. Risa holds a BA from Simon Fraser University (1990) and an MA from Macquarie University (1995), and has a background in dance, aquatics, teaching, publishing, and public speaking.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Assessment and Workout Design: Working with Scoliosis

    • Welcome to Assessment and Workout Design: Working with Scoliosis

    • Working with Scoliosis Video Module