Legs effortlessly flowing in the air – the influence of the Hundred on the Roll Over.
Where does the Roll Over originate from? Here is a wonderful gem to help you to perceptively understand the Pilates Roll Over. With assistance, we move from the Pilates Hundred to the Roll Over. Watch our 40-sec video right below…
The ChallengeThe challenge with the Roll Over, especially for beginners and inexperienced students, is that they are unable to experience the elevation of their legs over towards their head. What they do instead is that they drop their legs to their torso in the attempt to lift their legs.
They do so because they place too much emphasis on the “doing”; instead of on the “perceiving”. As a result, they disconnect the movement of the legs from the work of the core (power engine).
Now how to keep the core connected to the movement of the legs? … and so experience and achieve the effortless elevation of our legs over our body and head.
Keeping the Connection
The Pilates Hundred will help because actively moving from the Hundred to the assisted Roll Over lets us perceptively recognize where the work is that is necessary to be done. Exactly! … In the power engine connecting our ribcage to our pelvis.
But why the Hundred? How does the Hundred help us to experience the effortless elevation of our legs in the Roll Over?
Believe it or not … it is the beating of our arms because the beating of our arms acts as the necessary counter force and so helps to connect our ribcage to our pelvis, which results in the effortless elevation of our legs. Yes, the beating of our arms acts as the leverage to the elevation of our legs;)
Especially, novice students can experience this sense of effortlessness when rolling over in the assisted move from the Hundred to the Roll Over. Because the negative resistance, which is the heaviness of the legs, as a result of dropping the legs to the ribcage before elevating them, is eliminated.
Try it & fly with it!
The idea is perception and not “doing”! And as Bob Marley said, I paraphrase, “The one who feels it knows it.”
Now to you … try the assisted Roll Over as presented in the video with your partner or friend, and then later perform it without your partner and see what you discover.
See if you can answer the following 2 questions:
1. How has the Roll Over with the help of a partner or friend perceptively improved the way you previously performed it?
2. Which perceptive wisdom have you gained from the assisted Roll Over that you can apply in other Pilates exercises, as well?