Which Pilates exercises are best for height increase?
"Breast stroke prep," a foundation for the full "breast stroke" move is recommended for correcting slump. The exercise is done with the belly down to the mat. With arms bent so that the hands rest just above the shoulders, the head and chest are extended off the mat. Arms may also reach upward while head and chest are lifted. (A similar movement, known as the cobra, is used in yoga.) The move targets the muscle of the neck, upper and middle back to extend the upper body.
"Scapular isolations" are intended to combat rounded, slumping shoulders. In a seated position, arms reach forward, and the shoulder blades alternate between spreading apart and sliding together. The exercise helps shoulders find a happy medium between being clinched back and slumped forward.
"Hundred", the quintessential Pilates exercise which aims at strengthening the abdominal. Starting on the back, knees are pulled into the chest. The legs are then straightened so they are perpendicular to the floor. The head and upper back are lifted off the mat. Straightened arms lift several inches off the floor. Arms are parallel to the floor, hovering 2 inches above it and are pulsed up and down for five inhalations and five exhalations. Pulses are repeated 10 times to equal 100.