Pilates Side Bend Exercise Video
The Side Bend exercise is to enhance lateral mobility of the spine. It primarily targets the transversus abdominis, obliques and scapular stabilizers. Attention should be paid to the abdominal contraction to maintain rib connection and prevent the hips and shoulders from rotating. The cervical spine should stay aligned with the thoracic spine.
The Side Bend can be modified by:
a) bringing the feet closer to or further away from body to increase/decrease difficulty.
b) Leave the bottom knee on the mat, do not fully extend that leg (less pressure in the supporting arm & shoulder).
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.