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Q. How can exercises be modified for those who can't kneel? How would you adapt a low Reformer to do these exercises?

A. In the event that your client is unable to kneel, the Side Arm Work or the rotator cuff exercises on the Reformer can be done with the client sitting on a Reformer Box. The feet can be supported on the carriage, allowing this modification to be appropriate with any height Reformer. It is important that the spine and pelvis are vertical and in as close to a neutral alignment as possible. This will ensure that the scapulae supported on a neutrally aligned torso. If a Reformer Box is not available then sitting on Foam Cushion B is also a great modification. Ideally, the exercise is best done on a V2 Max Plus™ style of Reformer so the rope can be aligned directly with the forearm, however, the benefits can be realized with any model Merrithew™ Reformer.

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Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis

Program Coordinator, Education and Lead Instructor Trainer