This exercise is variation on the classic Pilates Rolling Like a Ball exercise. The soft ball adds resistance training to the inner thighs
To do this exercise you will need a mat and a soft ball. Start in a sitting position with the soft ball between your knees. Inhale into the back of the ribs and then exhale as you curl your spine. Find a place where you are balanced towards the back of your pelvis and then allow your feet to float just above the floor. Inhale again and then exhale as you roll back towards your shoulder blades and then return to this balanced position. Repeat 6-8 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
This exercise is a great way to explore the head to tail connection. As you make your ball shape imagine that your head, spine, and pelvis are creating half of a circle.
If you feel your ribcage hit the ground before your low back, you may be having trouble finding your deep abdominals. Stop at the top of the movement and be sure that you are finding the abdominals right below your belly button.