Tips for Thoracic Spinal Extension

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Do you struggle with the Swan exercise or backbends in general? Shari Berkowitz is here to help! Very often when we do backbends we end up bending too much in the neck and low back and we skip the stiffer area of the thoracic spine, thereby leading to strain in the areas we're overdoing. Get Shari's tips for strengthening your thoracic extensors (your upper back area) and you'll feel the difference in all backbends and even better, in your awesome upright posture. Visit Shari for teacher training, workshops and lessons at The Vertical Workshop. Our thanks to Shari’s student Roccio Cárceles and The Contrology Cohort in New York City where this was filmed.

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  1. Tracy Sue Du Plessis 15 hours ago

    Really looking forward to more. Yay!!! Thanks you.

  2. Alisa Wyatt

    To all of you Shari fans out there–we are thrilled to finally have Shari on Pilatesology and wanted to let you know we have tons more videos coming up so stay tuned!

  3. 6 days ago

    Wonderful video! Hoping you can do more here!

  4. excellent! thank you.

  5. davidjsterry 7 days ago


  6. Jennifer Allen

    Super excited to see Shari on Pilatesology!!!

  7. Andrea

    Yes please! More Shari! Great cue: reverse the curve of the thoracic spine.

  8. michellando 1 week ago

    Wonderful! Would love to see more from Shari here!

  9. Victoria Sommer 1 week ago

    Soooooo happy to see you here finally!!!!!

  10. Martin 1 week ago

    Shari! So excited to see your videos live on Pilatesology! Can’t wait to watch all the others. : )

  11. pilenthuses 1 week ago

    Dear Shari Berkowitz:

    You speak about:

    1. “Release the Upper Abdominals” – Could you please define the muscles you speak about releasing?

    2. “Effort in the middle back & Upper Thoracic Spine” – Could you please define the muscles you are speaking about here please?

    Thank you.

  12. JuliaHart 1 week ago

    Shari!!!!…!!! so happy to see you on Pilatesology

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