The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Goals & Benefits

  • Strengthen the abdominal muscles.
  • Stabilize the spine while encouraging mobility in the hips.
  • Massages internal organs and digestive system.
  • Keeps the rhythm and flow of the workout.


Tips & Cues

  • Hold the head up with the abdominal muscles, not the neck.  If the neck is strained, put the head down on the mat.
  • Legs may go higher if the practitioner can not stabilize the spine with the abdominals.
  • Base of the shoulder blades should remain on the mat.
  • Abdominals must stay scooped.