This exercise is a classic Pilates Exercise. It is intended to find the deepest abdominal muscles so that the spine can find a balanced curve.
To do this exercise you will need a mat. Start by sitting on the floor with your spine in a C-curve. Your legs should be bent and your feet should be lifted off of the floor. Grasp your ankles with your hands as you inhale into the back of the ribs, and then exhale as you roll back towards your shoulders and then return to the beginning balanced position. Repeat 8-10 times
Things to think about
If you have osteoporosis you should not do this exercise. But please visit The Pilates Studio’s weekly blog and visit the posts for the month of Oct 2012. There are many osteoporosis friendly workouts that you can do.
A great image for this exercise is in the name. Your body is a ball that rolls smoothly back and forth.
Be sure that your head and tail maintain a connection. The neck continues to be part of the curve as you roll back and it leads you as you roll up to the starting position.