Upgrade this Familiar Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

Do you ever feel like your upper back could use a stretch, yet you can’t seem to find a way to get to the area in need—like an itch you can’t scratch?

If so, you’re going to love today’s exercise. I’ll show you how to upgrade a standard stretch by adding three form points that will help you access those hard-to-reach places in your upper back and shoulders.

After you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes and how it felt. Be sure to leave a comment below.

Here’s to upper back relief!



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 info@pilatestonic.com. See you in the studio!

12 Responses

  1. very helpful thabnk you
    It’s difficult to know when the shoulders are released versus “pushed down”.
    I appreciate this reminder very much. I was active in my local pilates for 5 years , had shoulder pain and ended up with a frozen shoulder and physical therapy, and then Covid hit and a medical situation that kept me away for almost a year–getting back into it and miss it. I think my pilates had something to do with the shoulder problem though so I need to be very mindful.
    Thanks for your tips and specific instruction.

    1. Wow! The best for me! One shoulder always takes longer to loosen up and this stretch gets right to the tight area.

  2. Thank you so much , Sydney , i do love your videos !!
    This stretching is awesome, perfect to everyday !
    Much love to all, from Spain !

  3. Hi Sidney,
    I feel a wonderful long nek. I could make the muscle connection from underarm-armpit to inside upperarm. Plus the neck, love it. I think this will improve my plank pose

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