WHAT'S THE STORY WITH THE BODY BLOCKS?
The blocks represent the 3D nature of a scoliosis.
The blocks are shifted and rotated to represent the regions of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacrum/pelvis) that are laterally, posteriorly and anteriorly rotated with respect to one’s curve pattern. The smaller side of the block represents the concave side of a curve, and the wider (and taller) side of the block represents the convex side of a curve.
Working with and promoting positive change in any postural imbalance case requires a deep and precise understanding of how not only the spine, but also the rib cage, shoulders, and pelvis are shifted and rotated, as well as any underlying muscular imbalances that may be further contributing to the asymmetry. This 3D imbalance is also why people with scoliosis or hyperkyphosis may have chronic hip, shoulder or neck pain, and why treating just the isolated joint may be temporary. It is not until the root of the problem is addressed that the person can attain longer lasting and more complete relief.
In addition to postural specific exercises, we spend an extensive amount of time with each client educating them on why their postural imbalance is what it is, and how they can hold themselves during daily activities to minimize and reduce curve progression. Over the course of therapy, we educate clients on exercises that are safe, which ones are less safe, and what movements or exercises need to be modified to help promote the greatest spine health and return to joy with life.