Ladders, Correctors and Barrels, Oh My!
While the Reformer and Cadillac Trapeze Table are amazing pieces of Pilates equipment, think outside of the big guys and bring in some new tools to keep clients’ minds and bodies challenged – have you introduced them to Barrels yet? The range of Barrels can be used to develop balance and control, mobilize the spine and prove an especially useful tool with Rehab clients.
The Ladder Barrel is designed for serious core conditioning and uses gravity to maximize your body’s potential for core strength, flexibility and mobility. The six secure ladder rungs, for hand or foot anchoring, facilitate varying degrees of strength and flexibility. The added width of the top wooden rung provides a wider grip for the hands for a more open shoulder position and broader shoulders. The movable raised barrel is adjustable to vary the distance between the ladder and padded curved surface to accommodate different torso and leg lengths.
On the mat, Arc Barrels can be used for a variety of different purposes. When supine, placing the feet on top of the apex of the Barrel when performing articulation of the spine, enables easier articulation through the lumbar spine. This is great for clients with a flat lumbar or lordosis. The Arc Barrel can also be used to provide more support to clients who have sensitive wrists. By placing the hands forward of the apex when performing a push-up or 4 point kneeling exercises, the wrists are in a more open position (less extension) which puts less pressure on the wrist joints.
Spine Corrector & Spine Supporter
Rounding out our line of Barrels, we have the Spine Corrector and Spine Supporter. Ideal for reducing neck tension, while stabilizing the spine for exercises performed on a Mat and other equipment, the Spine Supporter is used frequently for clients with weak lower backs, to modify exercises during pregnancy and to develop proper form for abdominal work. The Spine Corrector can be used to perform exercises lengthening and strengthening the torso, shoulders, back and legs.
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