Pilates Back Connection Basics Class with Sandy Shimoda

Back (to the) Basics Part 2

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In this quick learning video, Sandy uses the principles she previously discussed in Back (to the) Basics Part 1. Here she takes you to the Cadillac to work you deeper into your back. Using the Arm Springs, Push Thru Bar and Roll Back Bar to assist you, you'll learn how to connect your arms to your center of strength. Apply what you learn to your reformer and mat workouts. Filmed at Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. lsnpilates 1 year ago

    Great tutorial on teaching arm connections to the back. I finally felt a connection to a hanging exercise- “Reach up out of the side body” made a huge shift or was finally possible – Thank you! Also loved that hundreds variation with RDB . A great way to teach back strength and control !

  2. jackielatour

    I love the Back to Basics. Back strength is so essential in life and often under used. Some words stuck with me more today, lengthen, reach, and stay in your back – thank you!

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Jackie – I love that you made the connection between what we do in Pilates to learn how to use our bodies in life!

  3. joesmat 8 years ago

    Thank you very much for part 2 of this BACK TO BASICS practice. Since Part 1, I have been practicing differently, in that I keep telling myself mentally(this is very important) to use my back, especially, in the Roll Up and Neck Pull. By telling myself each time to do this it really brings awareness, and fires a key muscle; the latissimus dorsi muscles very effectively. It takes a “lot of practice”but eliminates the tendancy to “throw” as you peel up and makes you work deep.
    Funny thing about this concept, is I have never heard or seen it written about until your people at VINTAGE PILATES (including Alisa) spoke about it on the PILATESOLOGY site.
    Hope all this makes sense.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Of course it all makes perfect sense! I thank Jay for having the insight to have recognized the importance of the back when he was learning from Joe and Clara, and the brilliance to be able to teach its application to us all. I must also express gratitude to Alisa and Jack for providing a way for us to reach broader audiences with this teaching. Spread the word – back strength, flexibility and coordination is essential in life and in your Pilates practice!

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