Swimming on the Spine Corrector contributes to Pilates' good reputation for improving posture. It strengthens the upper back and spinal extensors and improves shoulder positioning. What does that mean for you? A tall, open, and confident posture!
But sometimes getting into the position is uncomfortable. Some students feel a lot of pressure on their pubic bone or stomach. The stronger their abdominal muscles, the more they serve as a “wall” which reduces the felt pressure.
To help reduce the discomfort, try these tips:
- Soften the Spine Corrector by placing a sponge or towel between you and the machine.
- Connect your ribs and hips using your suspenders.
- Breathing into your back will help keep your front ribs connected.
- Practice it anyway, just keep it short so it’s not too uncomfortable for too long. It’s a good - if unpleasant - reminder not to let go of your stomach.
Are you going to practice or teach Swimming this week? What are your favorite tips for this exercise?
In the Pilates Encyclopedia, we look at every detail of Swimming on the Spine Corrector, from head to toe, to help you get the maximum benefit from this exercise.