It should be noted that even though pilates has helped people increase their height, the vast majority of people that have gained height using pilates had first suffered from a decrease in height from age and the compounding of the spine that comes with age or from a decrease in height from bad posture.
However, the vast majority of people that practice pilates aren’t simultaneously engaged in additional exercises that help increase height. Additionally, most pilates exercises will do little, if anything, to help you grow taller other than helping keep you limber and physically fit. But by performing the following three exercises regularly and by combining them with additional height-increasing exercises you will be well on your way to enjoying at least an inch or two of added height simply from conditioning and strengthening your spine alone.
Breast Stroke Exercise:
Lie down on the floor (or on a mat, if you have one) face-down. Pull your hips up and away from the floor and tuck your tailbone so that your spine is elongated. This is the position you will hold throughout the entire exercise. Bend your elbows just so, so that your arms form a “W” in front of you. Curl your upper body upwards from the floor as much as comfortable while keeping your neck in line with your spine at all times. Feel the stretching motion but stop immediately if you feel pain. Repeat for a total of 5 times.
Scapular Isolation Exercise:
Pull yourself up to a seated position and extend your arms out in front of your body. Focus your attention on your shoulder blades while flexing your back so that your shoulder blades are spread apart and then pressed together. Perform this exercise slowly and deliberately at all times and hold your squeezes and spreads for around 4 seconds each. Repeat for a total of 10 repetitions.
The Hundred Abdominal Exercise:
Since strong abdominal muscles are essential for providing proper support to the spine, exercises such as the hundred that increase abdominal strength are fantastic for promoting increased height. Lie back down on your back on the floor or on your mat. Keep your shoulders and head raised off of the mat and lift your legs so that the heels of your feet are 6″ off of the floor. You should also ensure that you keep your arms perfectly level with the floor as well. After you breathe in and out ten very restful, easy breaths, relax back to the laying position. Repeat 10 times.