Rowing 5: Shave on the Arm Chair
Shave on the Pilates Arm Chair is the 5th exercise in the Rowing series usually done on the Reformer. The Arm Chair also known as the Baby Chair is a great place to learn Shave. The lighter springs and the back of the chair provide feedback that allows you to connect your arms to your back and find the tallest spine. As you work the springs in both directions notice how this exercise is a full body exercise. This awareness will support your Reformer practice. Also is a great place to practice Single Arm Shave.
Use the chair to work your back longer as you work with the springs.
Sitting in the Arm Chair with your back all the way up against the back of the chair. Place one handle in each hand. If possible press the soles of your feet together and your knees wide to the side. Check that your legs are working from feet to seat. It’s tempting to let the knees “hang”. Press your thumbs and index fingers together. Your hands will create a diamond shape. Bend your elbows wide to the side so your hands are behind your head. Shoulders on your back. Pull your waist back into the chair. Get as tall as you can.
Without shrinking or working from your triceps reach your hands up towards the ceiling as much as you can keep your fingers together. Then bend your elbows and pull the hands back behind your head, elbows wide. Repeat. If going well try Single Arm variations. It’s not important that your arms get fully straight. Instead focus on how the springs help you work your arms from your upper back and then into your center.