Michael Miller Pilates

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Spine Corrector

Start like this, sitting in the hump:

This is NOT the idea!

This is the idea:

...and then it continues  to release.

(What about that neck?
Does it look comfortable and "at ease"
("You have to start at ease in order to be eccentric." mjm)

Better now, not ideal,
but you get the point: shim to allow release
to facilitate "at ease" before eccentric initiation.
(intiate, to cause or facilitate the beginning of)
get into position

stretch release

stretch release


Reverse Circles




Reverse Corkscrew

Shoulder bridge

Shoulder bridge with kicks

Shoulder Bridge II with kicks

Kip up



Additional Information

Often students have difficulty rotating around the hips
to release in the lower back.
The spine corrector (I hold as a superstition) came into use to help the student get the sensation.
This is locked in arch.

This is curled under, anchored on the sacrum, open at the hips.

When this shows up in a reformer lesson, usually on short box, round back, you can't get them from picture 2 to picture 3 in the four that follows:

Doing tower on the caddy supports the potential for release. (bad back you may now want to do this.) ((when in doubt, leave it out))

Sitting up, doing the push through

here they might be lock in an arch in the lower back.

What we want is this, 

on and exhale that follows through the flexion.

The reverse breathing, aka roll down, on the roll down bar allows for a greater range of motion.

At whatever we were doing, if that became the issue I'd use whatever equipment I had to help my client find the feeling of curling under. As with everything, my job is to empower clients to be able to say, "yea, I feel that."


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