Martha Carter

Martha Carter is the founder and director of Twisted Outreach Project for Back Care and Scoliosis (TOPS), a Canadian-based non-profit that provides a range of holistic and creative approaches to working with back care and scoliosis. TOPS runs workshops, connects specialists, empowers individuals, builds community, and raises awareness. In 2012, TOPS created and continues to build and maintain this resource-filled website and ongoing blog for people living with scoliosis.

As a therapeutic movement specialist for scoliosis and spinal fusions, Martha teaches Gentle Yoga and Scoliosis Wellness classes, workshops, and retreats for all ages and abilities in Canada, the US, and internationally. She is a certified teacher of Yoga for Scoliosis, based on the techniques developed by acclaimed Iyengar teacher, Elise Browning Miller. In 2013, Martha completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and in 2016 she travelled with Elise to attend and study medical classes at the Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. She has also studied (and continues to enjoy explorations in) Pilates for Scoliosis, Essential Somatics, Energy Medicine, and Trauma Release techniques, which she weaves into all her classes to help participants with pain relief while enhancing their movement potential. Martha holds a BA in Music from Stanford University, and an MFA in Dance from New York University.

In addition to extensive training and study, Martha’s expertise also comes from her own journey of balancing a love for dance with the realities of living with a surgically ‘corrected’ spine due to scoliosis. During her 30+ years of teaching, choreographing, and directing professional dancers, Martha was exposed to many bodywork and somatic disciplines that helped her find optimum mobility, while also teaching the importance of ‘ease’. Applying her life-long knowledge of dance with her understanding of scoliosis-specific exercises has allowed her to discover a new level of mindfulness that she brings to all her teaching.

Martha also teaches classes, workshops, and holds private consultations (with adults, teenagers and their parents) at the TOPS studio in Vancouver, BC, and at her home studio near Miracle Beach on Vancouver Island. She works with clients of all ages who struggle to understand their scoliosis (and other back conditions) as it shifts during different times of life – specifically in adolescence, middle age, and senior years. She teaches clients how to decipher their curves and twists, helping them to regain confidence and freedom of movement in the best way for them. Martha also conducts Skype consultations for distance clients who are seeking personalized help for pain relief and improved movement. She is known for her comforting approach, and clients finish a session feeling rejuvenated – in body, mind, and spirit.

Martha lives on Vancouver Island with a beautiful ocean view close to her large family including step-kids and grandkids. There, she strives to stay active and move every day – even on the hard days – because she understands all too well that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

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