Getting Started

Getting to know your scoliosis curve

To attend a workshop, group class or private session, you will need to complete a scoliosis spine assessment with Nancy first.

A scoliosis spine assessment helps you understand how your spine is reacting to your specific curvature. You cannot see your back at all times, so it is likely you are unaware of how the muscles and bones of the spine have adjusted to your curves.

It empowers both teacher and student to understand and visualize your curvature so we know how to work with your curve pattern. This will be mapped on a chart and photographed for you to visualize your spine.

How a Spine Assessment Works

The Adams Forward Bend

The assessment starts by discussing the history of your scoliosis and any surgeries, injuries or illnesses you may have. I will photograph your body while standing and using the Adams Forward Bend Test, in four views. I will feel your spine in the forward bend test. From that, I draw a chart of your curve(s) from the back view with notations of rotations, compensating curves, level of hips and shoulders and head.

Finding Your Scoliosis Curve

There are four general classifications for the most common scoliosis curves: Thoracic, Lumbar, Thoraco/Lumbar and Double Major curves. Not all students come to me knowing this pattern or their degree of curvature. I will assign a classification to your curvature. If you have copies of your x-rays and any reports from your doctor, you can bring those for us to study together to confirm what I am seeing in your body. You will receive copies of all these documents to study so you know how to work with your specific curvatures in my classes and privates.

In the assessment, I will be able to discern your ability to take a class, or whether you will need to begin with private classes first. If you are in a great amount of pain, if it is difficult to work on the floor, or if you have a specific injury, I will recommend starting with private sessions to get you ready for a group class. Trying to work with these conditions in a group class may aggravate your situation.

What to Wear

Form fitting leggings, capris or shorts, form fitting t-shirts, or yoga tops are best. Do not wear baggy clothes, which hide the shape of your body.  Do not wear a black or dark colored top as the spine and curves disappear in the photos. Light colors and solid colors are best.


Assessment Schedule & Costs

Assessments can be scheduled at my private studio at Garden of Yoga, 140 N. LaGrange Road, Suite 17, LaGrange, IL, 60525. Also at Yoga Circle, 401 W. Ontario, Suite 207, Chicago, IL 60654. LaGrange privates are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day with occasional Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Chicago privates are scheduled on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons.

Cost for assessments and private classes is $120/hour (payable by check, credit card or PayPal). Prices are subject to change.

Please give 48 hours notice for all cancellations or a fee of $50 will be charged. Payment of fee is due before rescheduling.

Nancy, thank you so much for helping with my scoliosis. My doctor wanted to do surgery on my curves and I looked elsewhere! I found you and you have taught me so much through the path of yoga. I am now pain free most days, I sit, stand and work with better posture. Your voice is always in my mind reminding me to counter-pose my curves always! I look taller, feel taller and I am taller! Thank you!

— S.H.