The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Goals & Benefits

  • Strengthens the muscles of the back.
  • Strengthens and lengthens the abdominal muscles.
  • Opens the chest and lungs to encourage full breath.
  • Gives a beautiful sense of opposition.

Tips & Cues

  • Keep the muscles of the neck long and the belly lifted.
  • Stretch fingertips away from toes creating as much length as possible in the body.
  • Keep the legs straight and long and control them from the seat.
  • Inhale fully for 5 counts and exhale fully for 5 counts.

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