I’m 5’7″ and it works great for me! It doesn’t feel like it works my core as much as the pilates DVD that I have where you just use a mat on the floor but I like this equipment for other reasons. It works your muscles but it also is very relaxing for me.
I have had issues with severe tension headaches for about 9 years now, ever since I severely sprained my neck. The initial injury has long since healed, but it has left behind major muscle tension problems I’ve tried chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, stretching, heat packs, ice packs, you name it I’ve probably tried it. Everything helps for a time but the underlying problem – the muscles tensing up really bad – has never gone away. Finally I tried pilates which has helped a lot but can be a little tough on the neck sometimes. Since there is a head rest on this equipment, I am able to do the exercises which help relieve the tension without having to worry about my neck. I frequently do the pilates exercises that are in the manual that came with it shortly before I go to bed. I fall asleep faster (since I’m not in as much pain), sleep better, wake up in a lot less pain than normal and have significantly fewer headaches. Instead of 2 or 3 a week, it’s now down to one a week at the most.