As a Pilates instructor as well, I concur with many above comments. Taught correctly, it is a great exercise for the appropriate client. I have many people practice the bottom half first curling up then start from the top working down and pausing before they lose their correct alignment from either direction.
…to activate the deep core muscles( local stabilizers) you have to place your spine in a neutral position! Then you have to challenge the spine moving arms and legs to change its position! As an example siting on a dome of a BOSU Keeping Spine Neutral and legs in inverted V position( V-Sit)..then start toe taping only. Thats CORE Stability!
I’ve never heard that before either.
However, I teach the STOTT Pilates approach to pilates and the rollup is a movement that is taught progressively.
It can be taught as a:
1. Half roll up with the knees in flexion.
2. Half roll up with the legs extended.
3. Full roll up with the legs flexed.
4. It can be performed with a dowel
5. It can be performed with a ball between the knees.
The point is to modify the movement according to the level of your class or individual client.
I am also a Pilates certified instructor and agree with Annette. With the proper technique the neck muscles are not engaged and yes a lot of talking in Pilates.
I also agree withn Marie because I also had no core after my pregnancy. I was surprise to experience having no core because I could not get up at all, even though the baby and belly were gone. I had to really work with the roll-ups to re-develop my core. This also allow me to experience what other people go through when their core is weak and they need to develop the strenght. The post-pregnancy allow me to relate and connect to others in similar situation and walk them through with the proper technique and description.