This video illustrates the Single Leg Stretch exercise. It targets the flexion of cervical and thoracic spine and abdominal engagement, Transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus, Obliques, scapular stabilizers.
Focus on maintaining abdominal brace to keep legs lifted and moving without allowing the lumbar spine to extend (should remain neutral or in imprint). Maintaining the contraction of the obliques to keep the pelvis from rotating as the legs move. Shoulder stabilizers to keep the shoulders from lifting and to maintain a lat/scapular connection
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any pain or discomfort, please discontinue the exercise and consult your doctor immediately. For more Pilates exercises visit Pilates Digest.
The Pilates Digest Video Podcast includes monthly instructional exercises for Pilates enthusiasts and professionals. The videos walk you through the entire Pilates exercise and give several modifications for different levels. The certified Pilates instructors explain what muscles are working and the benefits that you will receive. Pilates Digest is an online resource engaging the Pilates community all over the world.