This exercise is a variation on the classic Pilates Rolling Like a Ball. The Theraband helps the body find the most efficient muscles to use.
To do this exercise you will need a mat and a theraband. Start in a sitting position with your knees bent and place the theraband underneath your knees. Your bent knees will keep the theraband in place. Exhale as you curl your spine and allow your feet to float into the air. Inhale into the back of your ribs, and then exhale as you roll back towards your shoulder blades before returning 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 check out the posts for the month of Oct 2012. In these posts there are many osteoporosis friendly workouts.
If you are a person that feels you ribs hit the ground as you roll back, this exercise is for you. You might have also noticed in previous Rolling Like a Ball exercises that your feet tend to kick without your control as you roll back. The theraband in this exercise helps you to find the deeper abdominals. If you can hold the theraband without dropping it, you will be forced to find the deeper abdominals to complete the movement.