Teaser, Teaser everywhere! On the floor and with the Pilates Wunda Chair! Alright, time to get honest. This is not my favorite Teaser. After ten years I do have fonder feelings for it and add it into my own and my clients practice as needed. But, it's not for the weary or weak at seat! If you are super tight in your quads, hip flexors or lower back I recommend many other Teasers. This one is really essential for connecting your arms to your back and your legs to your seat. It's not a big glamorous movement either. It's small and mighty!
Do not lean back as you press into the pedal and lift your legs!
With one middle spring on the Wunda Chair sit in front of the pedal, legs on top of the chair and hands on the pedal. Take note that you don't want the fingertips pulling on the pedal and you also don't want your wrists pulling on the pedal. Depending on your height you may not have your ankles on the top of the chair. Squeeze your legs tight and together, pull your shoulders on your back and open your chest to begin. There are several stages to this Teaser. Start with the first stage and add on as you can!
The first stage is just the arms. Press your hands into the pedal and feel your arms connect to your back. The spring should also activate your center and even though your legs are not lifting yet it should feel like it is possible. If that stage goes well then press into the pedal and lift both legs. Lower the legs and lift the pedal simultaneously. If that goes well then press into the pedal, lift the legs maintain your shape as you press the pedal down and up three times. Then lower the legs and lift the pedal with control. Be mindful to not lean back to lift the legs!
Be sure to check out more of my Wunda Chair workout videos. I want to help you continue your Pilates Wunda Chair training!