Pilates DVD for Back and Sciatica
I just wanted to compliment your work and website.
I bought the modified pilates workout over a year ago. It's easy to make excuses and look elsewhere for another program... One day this week I did the workout and really paid attention to your instructions.
The next day I felt sore, but in a good way, as in a complete body stretch! I must keep up with the workouts to feel better!
I'm curious about the exercise ball workout. Is the beginner's workout okay for seniors and people with back and sciatica issues?
Thank you so much for all of your help!
Hi Rita and thank you so much for your comments.
I am glad you are back to your exercises. It doesn't take long to do them and the results are wonderful.
The Exercise Ball Workout
is definitely more challenging than the Healthy Back and Joints DVD
because of the instability and weight of the ball.
I do give modifications in during the workout and just encourage people to do what they are comfortable with.
I think the Pilates Ball Workout
is a great accessory to the regular matwork even if you only find a few exercises that you like or are able to do well, just add more as you are able.
The format starts by sitting on the ball, which sometimes helps sciatic pain and sometimes makes it worse. It depends how strong your core muscles are to begin with. If done correctly they should not hurt your back but really challenge your deeper transverse abdominals that protect and support the spine.
The sitting exercises include some great side and rotation stretches along with single leg balance exercises.
The side lying exercises really challenge the core and oblique muscles, the side stretches feel great to open the spine and ribcage to stretch the latisismus dorsi muscles.
The last section where you are lying belly on the ball helps with the deeper core musculature, balance, and upper body strength.
Once you feel very comfortable and have precisely mastered all the classic mat exercises I would add in some of these ball exercises for more challenge.
Keep up the good work!