Teaching Tip of the Week: Rolling Like a Ball Modifications
Rolling Like a Ball Modifications
It took me about 10 years to finally feel my abdominals working in the exercise... I guess I figured it was “just a back massage”! Some very common issues we see with Rolling Like a Ball are “bucking the head” and “kicking the legs” to create the movement which means clients are relying on momentum rather than using their abdominals and torso control.
Here are some little tricks to help your clients better understand the exercise.
• ball behind the legs - to keep from kicking
• a ball between head & tips of knees - keep from throwing the head back
• use both!
With the ball as a tool to understand where the body needs to be in space, your client can then work on initiating movement from the abdominals. Challenge your clients by moving the hands to the shins or without holding on to their legs at all!
Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth shares tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice.