Swan Dive on the Stability Chair

by: Timea Presley

Observe how the student performs cambré back (standing back bend). Notice if the movement begins with elongation of the spine—the spine and pelvis should complete a long fluid arc. Then watch how the student returns to standing. It should be a smooth movement from the bottom of the spine to the top—the pelvis should restack on the hips and ribs and head should center over the pelvis. In Pilates class, practice Swan Dive on the mat, stability chair, Cadillac and reformer. Students need to develop the strength to hold their back in an even supported curve and return to a neutral