SIDE BEND ON THE STABILITY BALL
Due to normal weight gain, increased size of the womb and an increase in breast size, a woman's center of gravity shifts affecting balance. These changes also affect posture, possibly resulting in an increased lumbar lordosis and increased thoracic kyphosis. Exercises can be modified with the Stability Ball to work on balance, mobility and stability.
THE SPINE SUPPORTER™
Hormonal changes contribute to joint laxity, which can result in destabilization or injury of the joints. Ligaments of the lower back and sacral area are most often affected by the primary hormone of pregnancy, Relaxin. The Spine Supporter offers extra support for the spine while working the abdominal muscles to maintain stability.
THE STABILITY CHAIR™
The Stability Chair is a wonderful piece of Pilates equipment, providing a full-body workout while avoiding the supine position. The sheath of connective tissue joining the two sides of the abdominal musculature called the “linea alba”, can separate due to increased internal pressure against the abdominal wall resulting in a diastasis recti. Typically the separation will occur later in pregnancy but can actually occur from the 12th week onwards. Some contraindicated movements may be active flexion, extreme extension and rotation.
Circulatory and hormonal changes can cause ligament laxity, which can result in joint instability and lower back pain.Weight gain and decreased coordination can also occur.
Moira Merrithew, together with President and CEO of STOTT PILATES Lindsay G. Merrithew, and a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, has spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method to ensure it's aligned with current scientific and biomechanical research. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs.