Pilates

Pilates exercise of the month – Cat Stretch

Benefits

  • Stretch out and improve movement in the back and spine.
  • Good warm-up or cool-down exercise.
  • Works abdominal and pelvic floor muscles as you pull up through the core.

 

How

Start on your hands & knees, looking towards the front of your mat and with your hands directly under your shoulders & your knees directly under your hips.
Take a breath in to begin.
As you breathe out, start to slowly arch your back by tucking your tailbone under, pulling your bellybutton up towards your spine and looking towards your knees.
Breathe in to hold the postition.
As you breathe out, start to slowly lower back down.

 

Focus

Work slowly opening up between the vertebrae in your back.
Engage your pelvic floor & abdominal muscles to arch up.

 

Caution

If you’re new to pilates or any other form or exercise or are injured, ill or elderly please consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regime.

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