Mat Pilates - Beginner Exercise - Single Leg Stretch
Single Leg Stretch is a beginning mat Pilates exercise.
This exercise is part of a group of abdominal exercises (aka Vacation Series and or Series of 5) which is usually done in one big row.
This exercise along with Double Leg Stretch, Single Straight Leg Stretch, Double Straight Leg Stretch and Criss Cross/Bicycle are designed to strengthen the abdominals, strengthen the legs, develop core stability, work on shoulder placement and get the whole body working in one nice unit.
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Work on your sniffing breath, 2 inhales, 2 exhales
Pull the abdominals in deeper with every repetition
Stabilize the torso as the arms and legs move away from the center
Don’t wear your shoulders like earrings...keep the shoulders back and down
Lower Body Only- If the upper body has some issues, use a wedge pillow and or a stack of towels to support the upper body and only focus the movement on the lower body.
For neck and shoulder injuries, use one of the modifications listed above
For low back injuries- Instead of working with a neutral spine, try imprinting your low back to the mat and imagine flattening everything down to the mat
Avoid with osteoporosis
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