The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

The Spine Twist

 

Goals & Benefits

  • A breathing exercise designed to wring the lungs of old air.
  • Twisting of the spine lengthens and strengthens muscles of the back and abdominal muscles.
  • Improves posture.
  • Lengthens hamstrings and strengthens the seat and hips.

Tips & Cues

  • Always lift the spine tall when twisting to keep discs safe.
  • Keep the body upright and don’t fall behind your hips throughout.
  • Flex the feet strongly and glue them together to stabilize the hips.
  • Go a little farther with each twist.  Don’t pulse and let go of your twist on the double beat.

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Spine Twist

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