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 standing with straight legs at the edge of the reformer carriage with your hands on the foot bar. Draw up the abdominal muscles and create a feeling of lifting your waistline as you fold forward into a bend. Let the weight of your head, neck and shoulders pull on your torso ultimately increasing the stretch on your back and hamstrings. This is particularly good for releasing congestion and tightness in the back of the thigh.

Tendon Stretch for Tight Hamstrings on the Pilates Reformer