Spinal extension aka bending backwards is challenging for everyone. So much of our day and our natural range of motion is in forward flexion aka forward bending. Even those people who can bend backward with freedom often don’t use every segment of their spines. Typically we use our necks and lower backs too much and our mid and upper backs too little. This imbalance is common in all of us. Everyday life makes us quite susceptible to this faulty movement pattern so we need to be diligent with our Pilates exercises to counteract the daily stresses and remain mobile and in goo balance.
During day 3 of the Polestar Pilates Intensive Training I am participating in, we covered spine extension in depth on all equipment and mat. We found ways to get even more segments of our spine doing their “fair share”. One of the exercises we “played” with was Swan on the Spine Corrector aka Pilates Arc. In the attached video you can see me balanced in an swan where all my entire spine is taking it’s share of the extension load and all the movement you see is coming just from my breath. It was a great exercise to experience how breath alone can create movement. We will surely play with this variation soon.
It has been great to have eyes on me to give me feedback and corrections so I can get the most out of every exercise.