In this short video, First Generation teacher Jay Grimes shares his tips on how to use the Ladder Barrel effectively. If you own a Ladder Barrel there's wonderful information for you here, from how to do the Swan Dive without crunching your low back; stretches to relax and open your shoulders and upper back; exercises to work your sides, and much more. Jay shows ways to simplify and exercise for a beginner or add challenge for a strong, experienced student. Jay often uses the Ladder Barrel to help those with back issues and it's worth noting that Deena, his student for this video, had a sore back before they began and after doing these lengthening and balancing exercises, her back felt much better. Find out more about working with Jay Grimes at www.VintagePilates.com where this class was filmed.