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Rika Brixie qualified as a Pilates instructor through Pilates Therapy and BASI Pilates CTTC. She is proud to be BASI Pilates Faculty, teaching the BASI Pilates Global Comprehensive Program, and her own BASI workshop ‘Pilates for Scoliosis’.

Rika’s first and enduring passion in life is movement. Rika discovered Pilates as a young dancer in the UK, following diagnosis with scoliosis. She later moved to New York City to study classical ballet, where she began to implement regular Pilates classes into her training, recognising it’s potential for injury prevention and body conditioning. Rika danced professionally over the following years with Atlanta Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet.

Upon retirement from her ballet career in 2015, Rika returned to the UK and began her first certification as a Pilates Instructor. She has since completed additional training in Pilates for Athletes, Injuries and Pathologies, 

Pregnancy, Hypermobility, Osteoporosis, The Foot and Pilates for Kids.

The experience of living with scoliosis has given Rika a unique insight into the deep workings of the body and movement. Pilates has been a tool of empowerment for Rika, enabling her to gain control of her condition and improve symmetrical balance around a spine that is inherently asymmetrical. Rika found true inspiration when she began teaching others with scoliosis. She was further able to observe the immense value of Pilates and the potentially transformative effects that it can hold for those with scoliosis. 

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Pilates is a movement practice that emphasises muscular control, strengthening and toning the whole body through specific, precise sequences of exercises. Understanding of movement is deepened and habitual patterns improved upon by developing good communication between mind and body.

Pilates can be tailored to fit the needs of any individual, whether training as an elite dancer or athlete, as rehabilitation for an injury, or just as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Rika provides Pilates tuition both privately and in group settings, from The Pilates Clinic - Wimbledon.

Online tuition available by request.



Informed by her experiences, both as a person with scoliosis (three-dimensional twist of spine) and working with clients with scoliosis, Rika created her own method of Pilates for Scoliosis, affectionately named Curvy Spine Magic™. 

Rika's method utilises a range of Pilates exercises, specifically designed to suit each individual curve. When practiced consistently, Pilates for Scoliosis helps to retrain the deep muscles of the trunk, addressing imbalances and promoting improved alignment during exercise and everyday life. In turn, this reduces the aesthetic, psychological and physical affects of a scoliosis.

Rika developed the BASI Pilates Advanced Education workshop 'Pilates for Scoliosis', which she has the great pleasure of teaching internationally. This workshop enables her to share her method with the broader Pilates community, in order to help other instructors to work with clients with scoliosis.

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Understanding Scoliosis and Your Curvy Spine
Pilates for Scoliosis: Release Techniques
Pilates for Scoliosis: Stabilising Exercises
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  • Pilates for Scoliosis 2 Day Workshop Switzerland
    Sat, 20 May
    BASI Pilates Academy Lugano
    20 May, 11:00 CEST – 21 May, 11:00 CEST
    BASI Pilates Academy Lugano, Via Ferruccio Pelli 18, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
  • Introduction to Scoliosis Online Recording
    Available on demand
    BASI Pilates UK
    Available on demand
    BASI Pilates UK
    This 3 hour workshop from June 2021 is available to purchase for on-demand viewing
  • Pilates for Scoliosis 2 Day Workshop Italy
    Sat, 25 Mar
    BASI Pilates Italia
    25 Mar, 10:00 CET – 26 Mar, 17:00 CEST
    BASI Pilates Italia, Via San Silvestro 12, 59100 Prato PO, Italia
  • Pilates for Scoliosis 2 Day Workshop UK
    Sat, 14 Jan
    BASI Pilates UK
    14 Jan, 13:00 GMT – 15 Jan, 16:30 GMT
    BASI Pilates UK, 3 Red Studios, Elm Grove, London SW19 4BX, UK
    In person and online
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