Align Pilates Arc Barrel
Creates a whole new challenge as you work with (or against) gravity on an incline or a decline, as opposed to the mat’s flat surface. Therefore, clients can target range of motion in the hips, shoulders and spine from a new perspective. For example, when a classic Pilates mat exercise such as a roll-over is transferred onto the arc, you target core muscles in a completely different way. Working on the arc enhances mental focus, concentration and muscle recruitment.
The arc works wonderfully as a standalone piece of equipment, or it can be used in combination with other equipment. In one very basic back-extension exercise, the client begins seated on the flat portion, or step, facing forward. She/He then performs a spinal extension exercise by leaning backwards over the curved surface of the arc. This is a safe way to perform an articulated spinal extension with the entire length of the spine supported.