Continuing Education — Queensland

Helen New —

Helen New holds the Advanced Diploma of the Pilates Method (91490NSW) and specialises in the management of Scoliosis. As well as delivering Workshops for Pilates Instructors, she educates dancers on injury prevention and delivers rehabilitative programs after injury.

After suffering an injury herself in her early twenties, Helen discovered Pilates. Despite being told she would never dance again, Pilates was able to help mend her body and enabled her to dance professionally for another two decades.

Her interest in Scoliosis developed after discovering her stepdaughter had developed a severe curve at age 11. At this time, Helen spent a great deal of time researching Scoliosis to help her stepdaughter avoid surgery. She has written and presented her own Scoliosis Workshop “Curvy Bodies” across Australia, leading her to be invited to represent Scolio-Pilates® in Australia by its founder Karena Thek.

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Friday, 26 - Sunday, 28 May, 2023

Scolio-Pilates® Professional Seminar: Modules 1 & 2


This course is a building block and lays the foundation for the Scolio-Pilates® Module 2: The Professional Seminar. You will receive a strong base in the anatomy of scoliosis to help you understand what is happening under the skin that creates the changes we see and experience with scoliosis on the surface and with movement. With this understanding, you will be better equipped to make the best scoliosis specific exercise choices.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is scoliosis? Who it affects and its effects on the systems of the body
  • Experience scoliosis! What it feels like to do Pilates with scoliosis
  • Anatomy of Scoliosis
  • Understanding functional v structural scoliosis
  • Defining the convexities and concavities
  • Theories and laws of movement that apply to scoliosis
  • The first 5 exercises for scoliosis


Module 2 builds upon the pre-requisite Module 1, Scolio-Pilates® Professional Seminar.

We will dive deeper into understanding the anatomy of scoliosis and use that understanding to define the curves of scoliosis (3, 4 and thoraco-lumbar curves). Once we define the curves we can begin to understand how to correct those curves towards neutral. We use scoliosis specific corrections and scoliosis specific exercises to aid us in bringing our clients towards a more balanced system.

The scoliosis specific exercises begin with corrections in the basic positions of prone, supine, side-lying, seated and standing. Once the corrections are applied in the basic positions, we add movement to these corrections either on the mat or with the assistance of the Pilates equipment. Come learn why Scolio-Pilates®, a form of Pilates that allows for modifications to assist the client with scoliosis in the Pilates studio, is now being used by children’s hospitals, physical therapy clinics and Pilates studios worldwide to help with the management of scoliosis.

Friday | 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday | 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday | 9.00am - 4.00pm