Control Balance on the Mat

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Watch and learn as Alisa shows you how to do one of her favorite exercises the Control Balance on the Mat. Her tips will have you doing it like a pro in no time! If you are in the Los Angeles Area visit Alisa at Pilatesology's brick and mortar studio in Hermosa Beach.

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  1. tllyon 2 years ago

    Nice and simple and of course well executed! I particularly honed in on your comment about equal effort of the reach of the legs. Just a bit out of synch for me and over I go! And yes, the wall is a great way to work the two way reach. That one helps me to focus on the lift of the back rather than just reaching over and behind! You rockstar you!!

  2. 2 years ago

    Loved the cue of really getting the shoulders under you and the extra push of the heel before lifting the top leg. Made my control balance so much lighter and easier
    Power of Pilates

  3. pamdej 2 years ago

    Thanks for the very nice breakdown of this work.

  4. Gilann 2 years ago

    I was able to watch this once, but then a couple days later video wouldn’t load. Also, none of the new videos are loading. The format looks different. Maybe I need to update/download new app? Pilates, I know, computer stuff, not so much 🙂

  5. McLachlan 2 years ago

    Beautiful demonstration of lengthening, I personally find this to be a challenge having a larger chest. The weight and gravity not so forgiving, and tips for those clients?

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thank you McLachlan! My suggestion for you would be to try doing this exercise with a wall behind you so that when you roll over you’ll have something to press against (move yourself around until the placement feels good). The wall will give you an anchor to stretch your ‘down’ leg into while the other reaches up and these together should help you balance the your upper body better. Note: it’s ok if the down leg doesn’t touch the base of the wall, experiment with it at hip height to see if that gives you more lift. With some practice this should translate to doing it without the wall–don’t overdo or you’ll end up with a sore neck and keep in mind that if we could all do Pilates perfectly the first time, we wouldn’t have anything to practice ;).

  6. Julie Winters
    Julie Winters 2 years ago

    Thank you! Beautiful demonstration as always, Alisa!

  7. ewapilates
    ewapilates 2 years ago

    Delicious:) Thks Alisa:)

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