The Ultimate Cat-Cow Stretch Tweak

The Cat/Cow stretch can be a really fantastic exercise and today I want to make it even better!

In this video you’ll learn a simple technique to enhance the cat/cow stretch. I bet you’ve probably tried this exercise before, but I think today’s simple tweak will make it even better, whether you’re a cat/cow expert, or have never even heard of it.

When you slow your movement down and focus on a few key points, it really enhances the effectiveness of Cat/Cow. Moving too quickly leaves many of the benefits and depth of this exercise behind.

I’ve taken techniques from Marie-José Blom and Kit Laughlin and combined them to make the cat portion of this exercise more effective, while still feeling great at the same time.

Try adding the techniques from today’s video and see how it feels. I’d love to hear how it goes in comments below.

See you in the studio!




Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at [email protected] See you in the studio!

4 Responses

  1. Hi Sydney!

    Great video :).
    I was wondering- why do you need to put the towels under the shins if they don’t reach the floor?

    1. Hi Katia,

      The towels provide tactile feedback, as well as provide the shins something to push against. Without the touch from the towels, most people end up pushing with the tops of their feet instead of their lower leg. Great question!

  2. Hi Sydney

    This is a great stretch. To get an even greater flexion in the middle and upper back, try pushing (or attempting to slide) the hands forward (away from the knees) along the floor rather than pushing them into the floor. Works really well!


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