Ruthie Dreier

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The Elephant Stretch on the Pilates Reformer

Elephant Stretch = Pilates Hamstring Stretch The elephant stretch appears to be a very simple forward bend while the legs remain at a straight 90 degree angle. This position allows for the stretching of the hamstrings to occur as well as the release of tension in the...

What is causing those tight hamstrings?

Tight hamstrings in the back of the legs most commonly originate from overuse and tightening of the hip flexors in the front of the thigh. The tight hip flexors pull the pelvis which in turn leaves the pelvis in a slight tilt. Further Complications In response to this...

Pilates Tendon Stretch for Tight Hamstrings

On the Pilates Reformer there is a famous sequence of exercises called the "Tendon Stretch". For the purposes of this blog I am discussing only the first move of the series which can be isolated out to relieve tight hamstrings. How to Begin You begin the move by...

Introducing The Abdominal Circle!

Introducing The Abdominal Circle!

I wanted to introduce the abdominal circle as another way to assist people in developing abdominal and mid-section muscle tone that is useful in all forms of exercise and movement. The abdominal circle is used to strengthen the internal and external oblique muscles by...

What is the Pilates Arc?

What is the Pilates Arc?

The Pilates Arc is a modern rendition of the traditional Pilates "Spinal corrector" and is made of lightweight black foam. This arc can be placed on a mat or on the reformer to support the body in positions that would otherwise be extremely challenging for beginners....

What can Pilates do for you?

What can Pilates do for you?

Pilates can: Improve the tone and fitness of your whole body! Release stress, soreness and pain Enhance natural weight loss Build lean muscles Strengthen abdominal muscles that you never knew you had! Restore, recover and empower a whole new level of physical capacity...