Shoulder Bridge is an excellent exercise in the Pilates method. But, it's also an easy exercise to cheat your way through. By doing the Shoulder Bridge on the Pilates Spine Corrector you can really focus on the lengthening through your back, engaging your hamstrings, inner thighs, seat, open chest, and a strong back. The support of the Spine Corrector is really useful. You'll easily figure out which hip is dropping, hiking or reaching. And you can also practice doing your weak side then your strong side and then your weak side again. Try it off the Spine Corrector when you're done!
Reach your tailbone long to maintain the connection to your center.
Shoulder Bridge is often done after the Leg Series on the Spine Corrector. If entering this exercise after the Leg Series, simply place both feet down onto the step a fist distance apart. If you're not starting from the Leg Series, sit on top of the barrel portion of the Spine Corrector. Make sure you're facing the step. Holding the handles and one foot on the step and one leg reaching out, lower yourself down over the arc of the barrel and your head and shoulders will rest on the floor. Your ribs will be supported by the barrel. Your lower back will be over the arc and your feet will press into the step a fist distance apart.
Press both feet into the step and you may find a slight lift off the arc. Stretch one leg out and point the foot to lift the leg up and then once up there pulse your leg up once more. Then flex your ankle and lower your leg as low as you can without changing your pelvis in space. Repeat, kick a pointed foot up 2x and then flex and lower down. Do this 2-3 more times and then switch. Make sure that your hips do not hike up as you are kicking. As the leg lowers its easy to lose the length in your spine. Maintain the reach, length and strength.
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