Pilates has 100's of exercises and "the 100's" is only one of them. Those exercises described ARE actually Pilates exercies. It is just a case of having an Instructor who is qualified, and VERY experienced. Mine has the added bonus of being a Physiotherapist, so she tells me sometimes "You don't do this one" or "you'll have to do it this way instead", or even "do this exercise instead of what the others are doing". works REALLY well like that.
Those two exercises you described are two that I have to do differently, as well. Because of scoliosis I can't take my legs down as far while laying on my back - especially if it is both legs being stretched out. For me I need to have them higher for that. It isn't so bad, tho' if it is only one leg at a time.
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