As a charitable, non-profit community service we rely on funding and sponsorship from foundations, as well as on class fees and personal donations. These contributions sustain our current classes, workshops, retreats, private consultations, outreach programs, and online resources.
We strive to provide an ever broader range of services and support to the back care and scoliosis community, not only in Vancouver but across North America. Your donations ensure that we continue to grow and provide greater access to these vital services.
All donors receive a tax receipt.
ABOUT MAYHEM & BACKGROUND
In 2009, Martha Carter, director of Marta Marta Productions, created and performed her acclaimed piece ‘TWiSTED' - her scoliosis story on stage as an interdisciplinary performance work. That same year, she founded TWiSTED OUTREACH PROJECT (TOPS) to offer unique and dynamic support for others with scoliosis.
Since then, TOPS has grown to be one of the foremost organizations addressing scoliosis in Canada, and our website has been described as: "One of the most comprehensive resource guides to scoliosis and spinal fusion for yoga and all types of complementary therapies, as well as firsthand accounts of [Martha's] and others' experiences." - Deborah Wolk
2019 marks our TEN YEAR anniversary at Twisted Outreach Project. And each May we hold our annual fundraising initiative: Marta Marta MAYHEM! It’s taken on a few forms over the years—from a big dance party, to an online media event. This year, we are simply asking for support from wherever you are, in whatever way you can.
A BIT ABOUT OUR WORK
Since its inception in 2009, TOPS has provided a variety of classes, workshops, retreats and lectures on a range of topics including:
Stretching and yoga for scoliosis
Dance for scoliosis
Applied anatomy for scoliosis
Feldenkrais for scoliosis
Pilates for scoliosis
Ayurveda for scoliosis
Massage for scoliosis
Women’s yoga for scoliosis
Movement and stretching for scoliosis fusions
In 2014 we received a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation to start a research project on how to better support teens with scoliosis. This research was conducted in cooperation with the UBC Department of Kinesiology.