Martha Carter, Founder & Director, RYT 200, BA Music, MFA Dance
At the age of 11, Martha, an enthusiastic young dancer, was diagnosed with a “C” curve scoliosis and, at age 14, underwent Harrington Rod surgery. After spending a year in bed encased in a body cast, she was told she could never dance again. Undeterred, Martha’s journey back to dance evolved into a lifelong practice of health, mobility, emotional and artistic expression.
A teacher, choreographer and certified yoga instructor, Martha has spent years exploring and training in many body work techniques. Her efforts to heal her own back after the removal of her Harrington rods led her to develop a rehabilitation technique that alleviates discomfort and rebuilds strength through the combination of yoga, physiotherapy, massage, dance, Pilates, breathing and meditation.
Since 2009 Martha has been performing TWiSTED : SOLO, a dance/theatre production recounting her personal journey. The interest and conversation it stirred inspired Martha to begin sharing her technique with others, and soon after she founded the TWiSTED Outreach Project to offer others the community and resources she didn’t have when she was young.
Martha continues to train in yoga and related studies. In 2017 she will received her certification as a teacher in Yoga for Scoliosis through Elise Browning Miller. She now leads workshops across North America and teaches classes based on her technique, called Stretch, Dance and Yoga for Scoliosis, regularly at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver. She is also available for private consultations with adults, teenagers and their parents.
To find out information on the Twisted Outreach Project Board Members, click here.
We have a wide network of associates who are experts in their field and have a training and focus on scoliosis, and a relationship with TOPS whether large or small that has developed over the years. While a number of our associates offer workshops through TOPS, if you are interested in a private consultation with any of our associates, please book with them directly through the links below.