Pose of the Week: Pilates Teaser


The Teaser is one of the definitive Pilates moves or exercises and utilizes all of the Pilates principles: Breathing, Centering, Control, Concentration, Precision and Flow. It requires a strong and deep connection to the powerhouse (core) to move into and stabilize the position. Utilizing a few of the previous mat exercises such as Roll up, Rolling Like A Ball, and Open Leg Rocker as far as how the body moves from the centerline, and alignment helps to successfully perform Teaser. There are a few variations of Teaser (Full Teaser or Teaser III is shown in the picture above and is the advanced version) and I will go over them all in a video later this week. I will not go into detail about how to DO Teaser in this post so be sure to drop back to check out the Teaser Variations video later this week. This post is more of an introduction to this amazing Pilates exercise.

Objectives and Benefits of the Teaser:

  • Strengthen abdominal and back extensors
  • Develop balance
  • Stretch and work hips
  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Lengthens spine
  • Improves posture

Muscles Used:

  • Abdominal muscles including Transverse Abdominus, external and internal obliques
  • Back extensors
  • Hip flexors including the illoposas
  • Hip adductors


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