Sunday, 17th of December 2017
Sunday, 17th of December 2017
"teaser" — 3 posts
This is what my instructor have had me do for the past 2 weeks, due to a large incision on my back.
I had a rather tiny mole taken out before Christmas, and they took out a whole lot of surrounding tissue too. 4.6 centimeters x 1.6 centimeters (thank god the medical measurements always are in metric so I know exactly what they are talking about!!).
This meant quite a few stitches right at my mid-back just left of the spine. Haven't done much flexing lately...
I am soo over this by now, I just want to be back to normal, life and Pilates.
While last week I did only some chair, and standing work, this week I could actually lie on my back on the reformer.

The preservation stuff always seems so darn hard to do. Same thing last time this was used on me when I had a REALLY bad crick in the neck. My one favorite is the 10.10.10. Let me explain to the uninitiated.
Lying on back with both feet on mat, bent at knee. One leg lifts up to (opposite) knee height and rotating out, squeezing glutes and inner thighs, press knees together while counting SLOWLY to 10. Lower leg half way down ("pressing" legs together without moving of course). Repeat counting. Lower to ankle, repeat count to 10. Other leg :-)
LOVE this exercise!!!! You can always squeeze some more and really try to hold the inner thigh the whole time, as you progress. Nice sore feeling in the morning :-)

Really good for working up the ability to hold the legs in the teaser my friends, you have to try it. I hereby promise to d this every other day!
I have to admit, the teaser have not been my favorite Pilates exercise. Ever.
I had, for the longest time difficulties to get and keep my legs up there. Please note I have very, very long legs ;-)
It's not an excuse, but I feel it has been my psychological block, together with a slight actual physical disadvantage.

Some years ago I used to have to modify with legs in a open bent "diamond" position, which still got my power house working and did not involve the psoas. I still use it if I am very tired and feel my legs falling down. I rather focus on my power house in that position, than strain my legs and use the wrong muscles to fight them up. Not constructive.
Today and some times earlier in the fall, my excellent Pilates instructor Adrianna, had me doing the backstroke into teaser. It's so much fun. The backstroke is then done further back on the box, almost as far back as for teaser. As one reaches out on a diagonal, after the reach up and circle around, one simply reaches up and out into a full teaser :-)
I adore it!
It also seems to completely eliminate that my legs work, and enables pure powerhouse engagement. You've got to love that :-)
Today I took a reformer session at Ellie Herman's in SF. The teacher I know from before, Janine Fondillier, and she is soo great. There is an instructor certification program at Ellie's and I think several of those students dropped in, without signing up, which is why the class ended up rather full.

The session was great with some non-classical stuff and very level appropriate (there is a level classification on the schedule), this was level 4 (goes to level 5).
However regarding my own level, I should really try to do the teaser more often!!!!!! I do find that after having 2 kids it's much harder to access those lower abs, (and there is more loose skin around that area too), and holding my long legs from there, IS more challenging nowadays.

I am now determined to make that class more or less every week, It's a great class and I feel so much better afterwards.