" The work was—and should be—less about pure muscular benefit, and much more about overall movement ability and control, for its vital role in sustaining good physical health." Benjamin Degenhardt Thank you for speaking my heart.
Wow this was so informative. Thank you, this is great. I am a new Peak Pilates Level 1 cert. I did not know we start with lifting legs from floor, that is very challenging. My questions: So you are suggesting that way instead of going from from bent knees to working level? Is my personal working level as low as my legs can go, or to the point where I cannot sustain my low back off mat? Where do my eyes go? Does it have to be looking at belly.. Thanks again
Thank you Trish! Every training program has their own approach to the exercise, this tutorial is meant to shine light on the way Joe Pilates intended the exercise. It teaches the body how to "unweight" about half of our body against gravity from a supine position, using central body control. It's essentially a low Teaser, and very challenging indeed!
Of course, safety is always first. Your personal working level is with the legs as high as you need in order to organize your spine appropriately, to offset the weight of your lower body. Try just one leg, too.
Your gaze is a consequence of the overall mobility of your spine—if looking at the belly doesn't allow good alignment of the neck I'd suggest gazing towards toes. Hope this helps!
I liked very much your approach of the hundred. It makes sense and is great to teach with one leg lifted instead of two. I noticed that my clients have a hard time with the breathing and that it is really important that they breathe in releasing the belly so that they allow the diaphragm to go down and that way the hundred becomes much easier.