Pilates Foam Roller Exercises

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The following Pilates Foam Roller Exercises are designed to improve posture, core stability, flexibility and strength. You should discuss the suitability of these exercises with your physiotherapist prior to beginning them. Generally, they should only be performed provided they do not cause or increase pain.

Ensure you know how to achieve neutral spine and can correctly activate your stabilising muscles (transversus abdominus and pelvic floor) prior to commencing these Pilates Foam Roller Exercises (see Pilates – Before You Start).


Pilates Foam Roller Exercises

To begin with, the following Pilates Foam Roller Exercises should be performed approximately 1 – 3 times per week. As your control improves, the exercises can be progressed by gradually increasing the repetitions or frequency of the exercises provided they do not cause or increase pain.

Arm Elevation

Begin this Pilates Foam Roller Exercise lying on your back with your hands by your side in neutral spine as demonstrated (figure 1). Maintain activation of your transversus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles throughout the exercise. Slowly lift both arms so your hands are above your shoulders and then return to the starting position. Keep your spine and pelvis completely still and breathe normally. Perform 10 times. A variation of this exercise can also be performed by elevating one arm at a time alternating sides.

Pilates Foam Roller Exercise - Arm Elevation

Figure 1 – Arm Elevation

Overhead Arms

Begin this Pilates Foam Roller Exercise lying on your back with your hands by your side in neutral spine as demonstrated (figure 2). Maintain activation of your transversus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles throughout the exercise. Slowly lift both arms over your head and then return to the starting position. Keep your spine and pelvis completely still and breathe normally. Perform 10 times. A variation of this exercise can also be performed by elevating one arm at a time alternating sides.

Pilates Foam Roller Exercises - Overhead Arms

Figure 2 – Overhead Arms

Open Arms

Begin this Pilates Foam Roller Exercise lying on your back with your hands above your shoulders in neutral spine as demonstrated (figure 3). Maintain activation of your transversus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles throughout the exercise. Slowly lower one arm to the side and then return to the starting position. Keep your spine and pelvis completely still and breathe normally. Perform 10 times alternating sides. A variation of this exercise can also be performed by slowly lowering both arms to the sides simultaneously and then returning to the starting position.

Pilates Foam Roller Exercises - Open Arms

Figure 3 – Open Arms


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