Half and Full Hanging on the Cadillac
Hanging on the Pilates Cadillac is one of the most delicious ways to end a Pilates session. But, for some, it might be a bit scary or too much and Half Hanging is a great place to start or stay. Whether you are enjoying the full hang with the backbends and twists or feeling like you are doing a total half hanging meditation your body will love the traction. This is one of those exercises that unfortunately cannot be done on a Tower and needs a Cadillac to do it. I love to hang and half hang daily!
Allow your body to relax when just hanging. Rest to allow it to set in.
Set your fuzzies up so they are about a forearms distance from the end of the Cadillac. If you are tall, consider doubling up the straps. There are two ways to get into your hanging. One is easier to do and the other is a bit more challenging. Easier is to lay on your back and lift your hips to put both feet into your loops simultaneously. The other you stand up and place one foot into one loop hold the poles and lift your other leg up and put it in the strap and then walk yourself down the poles until you are laying on your back.
Half Hang: press your hands into the poles and push out so that you hips are elevated and arms by your side. If the loops are too loose be sure to turn and twist the loops around your ankles so that you feel secure. Remain in the half hang and enjoy.
Full Hang: after you are sure your feet are fully secure in your loops pull your body through the poles and off the back of the Cadillac. Hold your elbows and enjoy hanging. There are some other variations we will focus on in another tutorial. To get out you can walk up the poles or you and “roll up” and grab your ankles and swing and then lower yourself into a half hang. When you take both feet out be sure to rest for a moment on your back with your knees bent.