Pilates Equipment: Small Stability Ball

Bend + Mend’s Pilates-Informed classes use different pieces of Pilates equipment to add variability and further challenge our clients. In this blog we are going to talk about our small stability ball. The stability ball can be used to challenge the stability of different muscle groups depending on how it is used. Below are three ways in which this piece of equipment can be used during our sessions:

Arms in straps:

Placing the ball underneath your pelvis will make this exercise more challenging for your trunk muscles. As the reformer carriage moves it will be harder to keep your torso balanced throughout the movement.







Legs in straps:

The stability ball can be placed between your ankles with this exercise. This will increase the difficulty of keeping your heels together. The adductor muscles (inner thighs) will generally burn quicker than without the ball.








The ball can be placed under your heel to challenge the stability of your lower limb muscles. As the reformer carriage moves during the lunge, the ball will make it harder to hold your standing position. This further activates through your deep gluteal muscles (deep hip stabilisers) to keep your standing leg in the correct position.








If you are interested in adding any of these exercises to your rehabilitation, book an Initial Assessment with one of our experienced Bend + Mend Physio’s today. We can assess your individualised needs and tailor an exercise program to suit you.

Helena Dwyer

About Helena Dwyer

Helena graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University. Prior to her postgraduate studies she completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Growing up in Melbourne, she has a love of AFL which led her to work for an elite level AFL club. She has completed further training in Clinical Pilates and uses these skills to assist in the rehabilitation of her patients. Along with AFL, she has a passion for netball and treating the various injures that come with competitive sport. Helena has further training in Dry Needling and uses this skill in treatments when appropriate. She also has experience in assessing and treating pregnant and post natal women. Overall she enjoys getting her patients pain free and back to doing what they enjoy. In her spare time Helena enjoys getting out and exploring which often includes a refreshing dip at the beach.

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