stretching the hamstrings Tag

Relieving tight hamstrings using the “Jackknife” on a Reformer.

The photographs below shows two phases of moving into a Pilates Reformer move called "The Jackknife". This is a wonderful exercise that is considered a "Counter stretch" for tight hamstrings as well as tightness in the lower back that increases flexibility. It is generally used after you have performed a straight legged forward bend and other more basic hamstring stretches. [caption...

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 tilt the lower back muscles tighten as they try to stabilize and compensate for...

Stretching the Hamstrings on a Pilates Reformer

The most famous stretch for tight hamstrings on the Pilates reformer is called "Feet in Straps". This is a very pleasurable stretch and exercise that involves putting your feet through the loop handles of the reformer ropes and letting the resistance of the tight ropes pull and stretch your hamstrings as you maintain your legs straight up at a 90 degree angle. [caption...