Pilates Hug during the Standing Arm Springs on your Pilates Cadillac or Tower is a great way to challenge your connections while adding a new body position. You'd be surprised how standing on two feet can change the entire feeling of the Hug from when you did it sitting on the Cadillac, Arm Chair or Reformer in your Pilates practice. Hug and other exercises in your Standing Arm Springs series is a great way to end a session and challenge the connections you've already made. If going well continue to work your way through all the Standing Arm Springs exercises.
Reach arms from back as arms go wide, forward and towards each other.
Similarly to many of the Standing Arm Springs exercises, you'll place the Arm Springs on the hook at shoulder height or just above. Standing with your back to the springs with one handle in each hand you can easily come into the Hug from your Shave. Opening your arms wide to the side with your entire palm pressing into the handle and your handle. Your handle should be pointing vertical, perpendicular to the floor. This is the tricky part especially as a lot of people turn their palms slightly up so they can get their pinky into the handle. Reach your arms wide from your back.
Keeping the weight across all 4 corners of your feet, lean slightly forward while still reaching through your heels. Reaching your arms from your back reach wide and forward and towards each other. Then reaching into the springs open your arms wide and repeat. If you're not in control of the springs you will feel like the springs are pushing you around. You can either reset with your feet closer to the Cadillac/Tower or you can try again with more control. When done open the arms and stack your shoulders back over your hips and heels.
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