Pilates Neck Pull Tutorial w/ Sandy Shimoda

Neck Pull Tutorial

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Is the Neck Pull your nemesis? Find out how using your back more can help you do it better. Filmed at Vintage Pilates.

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  1. Rosemarie Krausz 5 years ago

    Hi Sandy,
    The part I have trouble with – without the strap for my feet – is lifting my body off the mat just after my shoulders leave the mat. This occurs at that moment when my heels (and yours) come off the mat for a moment in straining to come up. You make it up, but sometimes I get stuck – unless I use the momentum of moving quickly to get my stomach off the mat to sit up. Is there a way to do it without relying on momentum?

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      HI Rosemarie, it is important that you don’t use momentum to roll up through that tight/weak spot because you are likely forcing into your neck and shoulders. You will also prevent yourself from building the strength in your Center – right where you need it. Since you don’t have a strap, I suggest that you roll up as high as you can, then bend your knees and put your hands on the back of your thighs to roll through that sticky spot. In time you will build the strength to get up without bending your knees. Let me know how it goes.

  2. nbbnixon 5 years ago

    Hello Sandy,
    I love your gentle short workouts and soft musical voice. Could you do a 10 to 15 minute abbreviated mat to start the day with?
    Nick Nixon

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Hi Nick,

      I would love to do a short workout to start the day! I will do another filming with Alisa and Jack in June and that will be on the top of my list.

  3. jackielatour

    Thank you for the tutorial Sandy, and a great reminder to stretch the back!! I would love to see more from you. How about one on open leg rocker?

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Jackie – thanks for tuning in. I am looking for suggestions for tutorials, so thanks for the hint on Open Leg Rocker. I will tape that one the next time I see Jack and Alisa!

  4. nbbnixon 6 years ago

    Mmm, that was a good stretch and reminder. Thank you.
    Nicholas Nixon

  5. nicoletta

    Thanks Sandy, sometime we forget how important is to prepare exercice.
    I love your Focus how To use THE hands to connect THE back and to strech THE spine.
    Miss our internet lessons

  6. joelcrosby

    Thanks for those tips on a tough exercise! That one is always a challenge for me.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Nico!!! What a gorgeous photo of you. Thanks for your comments, Roman star.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Joel – don’t you love how this exercise gets right at your tight spots and just irons them out? Yes, it is always a challenge, but the results from doing it are quite a reward, right? Thanks for your comment.

  7. Luz Alejandra Lovern

    Beautiful! I will teach to my clients here in Qatar right now! Great inspiration for my own path.

    • Sandy Shimoda Author

      Luz, you are in Qatar? Isn’t it amazing how we can reach each other across this great earth? Happy travels down your Pilates path…

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