Discovering how your shoulders can move and where you can find support for your upper body is a total game-changer. Not only will it help your Pilates practice (or really any other form of exercise for that matter), but it will also help you to keep your shoulders happy in your every day life. The concept of “Puppet Arms” (or in anatomy nerd lingo: Protraction & Retraction of the scapula) will instantly help your shoulders feel great.

Over the last 6 weeks I've been rehearsing for the musical Avenue Q, here on Kauai. It's a super-fun show where I get to be the puppeteer of a fabulous puppet named Lucy. I am so grateful to understand how to hold her up for a long period of time with minimal strain.

I believe that this exercise is SO important that I give it to nearly every student I have the pleasure to instruct. We also do some form of this exercise in every class that I teach.

In fact, it wasn’t until I learned this concept that I could actually hold a plank for any length of time.

Grab a mat and click below to watch the video and try it for yourself.

Now that you’ve tried it, let me know how you feel in the comments below. 




P.S. This message has been brought to you by the letter Q and my friends over on Avenue Q. I will be making my Kauai Theatre Debut in Avenue Q starting next week July 24-August 10. *Avenue Q contains adult themes and language*

In fact, Lucy stopped by the studio to get her Pilates on. "I felt so amazing after my workout with Sarah D."-Lucy T. S.