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Taking Thigh Stretch to Waterwheel

Today, I'm sharing a set of 3 posts I did recently into this 1 posts - so you can see the whole set together!


I love Thigh Stretch in the Mat order, but using springs feels like a LUXURY!!!


Don't worry - I love reformer Thigh Stretch, too. But Reformer seems like a little extra work in my body and sometimes I just need some empowerment provided by the spring support from a Springboard, Tower, or Cadillac - because it is fabulous!!!!


In my practice:

  • I have to focus on my tall spine before I try adding extension.

  • I create space in my side waist (area between my bottom ribs and the top of my hips).

  • I think about reaching my knee caps into the mat.

  • And then I go for it...


ANY AMOUNT OF HINGE IS PERFECTION!!!! Range DOES NOT equate to connection.




NEXT - We add EXTENSION (Arch)


Me to Me: Don't drop that booty! Don't drop that booty! Don't drop that booty!


Same ideas as above:

  • Tall Spine

  • Find space in my side waist

  • Reach my knee caps toward the mat

  • Hinge back but don't drop that booty!


THEN - Reach the heart up toward the ceiling while lengthening through the top of the head.


Reverse the extension back to a tall spine and come back up. TADA!!!!

 

REMEMBER: ANY AMOUNT OF EXTENSION IS PERFECTION!!!! Range DOES NOT equate to connection!





AND HERE WE GO!!!

Thigh Stretch + Thigh Stretch with extension...and adding flexion and a little bit of speed and fluidity...to create a TON of FUN!!!


My advice here is: Don't overthink it, but be safe (always).




Let me know if you liked this Pilates Tower set of Thigh Stretch to Waterwheel!!


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