Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 178- Doube Bent Leg Stretch with Pelvis on Foam Roller

This exercise is a variation on the Pilates Classic Double Bent Leg Stretch.  The foam roller allows the body to deepening the exercise by lowering the legs further.

To do this exercise you will need a mat and a foam roller.  Start by lying on your back with your pelvis suspended on the foam roller.  Your legs should be in a tabletop position.  Inhale into the back of your ribs as you extend the legs long beneath your body. Exhale as you pull your knees back to you.  Repeat 8-10 times.

Things to think about
Finding the midline is an important part of this exercise.  As you are completing your repetitions be sure that you are squeezing your ankles, toes and sitz bones together. 

Imagine that there is a rubber band between your belly button and heels and that every time you reach your heels away the rubber band becomes taught. 

As your legs lengthen be sure to keep the rib cage connected to the ground.

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