- Difficulty: Advanced
- Equipment Needed: Cadillac/Tower, Arm Springs (I love using the Contrology Cadillac.)
- Reps: 3-5 of each variation
- Warning: May not be suitable for some neck or shoulder issues.
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Shave and Hug is another variation you can do in the Standing Arm Springs series on the Pilates Cadillac. It’s a challenge up from the seated version of Shave and Hug on the Reformer. And also another level up from the kneeling version. When you do it standing it may from the looks seem easier because it is easier for many to stand. But, it’s also so easy to fall into your arches, lock your knees, sink into your back, or get pulled off your feet by the springs. I love to end some of my Pilates workouts with the Standing Arm Springs series and I often start that series with the Shave and Hug.
Stand evenly in your feet and press your whole hand into the handle.-Lesley Logan
Stand facing away from your Cadillac or Tower with your springs hooked behind you. If you have multiple hooks to choose from, place the springs on the hooks that are just above your shoulders. Heels together and toes slightly apart with the weight equally placed across all four corners of your feet. Place your hands in your handles and make sure that you pressing the pinky side of your hand into the handle. Your body is slightly leaning forward but you are still reaching down through your heels. Tailbone is reaching for your heels and energy out through the crown of your head.
Shave: Place your index fingers and thumbs into each other making a diamond shape. Hands will start in front of your forehead or for some behind the head like on the Reformer. Press your hands forward and up and then bend your elbows wide and resist the springs closed. Make sure that you are not letting your body get pulled forward or back by the springs.
Hug: Open your arms wide to the side and double-check the pinky side of your hand is in the handle. Reach your arms wide and forward and then wide and return back. As you do the springs may want to pull you back and forth. Stand on your feet and continue to reach through your arms from your back. Do 3-5 of each variation.
Be sure to check out more of my Pilates Cadillac exercises. I want to help you continue your Pilates Cadillac training!