This exercise adds theraband resistance to the Classic Pilates Roll Up. This aids in shoulder organization during the movement.
To do this exercise you will need a mat and a TheraBand. Start by lying on your back with your legs lengthened beneath and your arms reaching towards the ceiling holding the TheraBand. Inhale to prepare and then exhale as you lift your head, neck, and shoulders while pulling outward on the theraband. Continue exhaling as you roll up to a seated position. Inhale here and then exhale as you roll through each vertebra until you are lying flat again.
Things to think about
If you have osteoporosis, try this exercise from a seated position and hinge the pelvis and spine back while pulling outward on the TheraBand.
As you are pulling outward on the theraband be sure to also be sliding the shoulder blades down the back. This will stabilize the shoulder socket so that you can concentrate on finding the movement at each individual vertebra.