Finding the Back Connection with Arms Overhead

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Karen teaches how to find and keep a connection from your back through your arms when the arms are extended overhead. She uses several apparatus and exercises to show how the reach of the arms should originate from down deep in the back to support the arm reach. On the Cadillac she uses the Swan and Teaser; on the Reformer, the Rowing; on the Ladder Barrel, Swan; and then back to the Reformer for Breaststroke. She continues this idea in her next session: Finding the Back Connection with Arms by Sides. Filmed at Vintage Pilates in West Los Angeles, CA.

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  1. N1727
    N1727 5 years ago

    Thank you, I love the break down idea.

  2. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    Sorry, I clicked the link in the above description but it didn’t work . Is this session exists? Thks Monica

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Oops, I switched the order of those 2! The Arms by the Sides class will go up on Nov 28th. Thanks for letting us know :).

  3. joesmat 8 years ago

    I believe there is so much to be gained in the mat, if we want to gain “real Pilates” strength, by using these back connections, especially, bringing the arms into play, as you explained.
    I looked at the old footage of Mr Pilates demonstraing the 100 for a few moments, again to-day, and he was so deeply connected his scapula were well off the mat, and only his lower rib was touching…so lower rib to tail is the real deal is it not? Keep this sort of material coming and thank you very much Vintage Pilates.

  4. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    Meraviglioso ! I love the family idea in the system. Please keep following with this concept. .ciao from ITaly

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