full body stretch

Full body stretch

Stretch and mobilise through the whole body

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 26 minutes

This is a mat-based class beginning with some gentle stretches in standing then moving down into four-point kneeling and onto our backs. The class is suitable for most levels but as always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Standing – toy soldier
  • Side plie with upper body rotation and mermaid stretches
  • Modified one leg stretch with calf stretch
  • Roll downs
  • Four-point kneeling calf stretches
  • Cat stretch
  • Swimming
  • Thread the needle
  • Child pose
  • Double leg stretch
  • Hip twist
  • dynamic hamstring stretch
  • glute stretch
  • sitting book opener, mermaid stretch, shoulder rolls and neck stretch

The class starts with some gentle stretches in standing, beginning with a toy soldier movement to get our legs and arms moving. We then move into a side plie position to and stretch into rotation and a side bend stretch. We then mobilise through our legs a little more with a modified one leg stretch and calf stretch. We then roll down into four-point kneeling where we give our calf muscles another stretch. Staying in four-point kneeling we lengthen through the body with a swimming movement and rotate through the upper body with a thread the needle movement.

Moving onto our backs we bring our arm and leg movement together again with a double leg stretch and move through our hips with a hip twist movement. We then gently mobilise our spines into rotation before stretching our legs with a dynamic hamstring stretch and glut muscle stretch. Finishing with some upper body stretches including a book opener and some shoulder rolls and neck stretches.

This class goes well with:

Easier – Head to toe Pilates workout

Mat-based class focusing on gently mobilising and strengthening the hip region.

Head to toe Pilates

Regular – Full body mobility

Class focuses on stretching the whole body as well as working our core, glutes and upper body muscles.

Mobility Pilates class

Tough – Full body blitz

Class to put you through your paces. An all-over workout incorporating a series of core and abdominal sequences.

ull body pilates blitz


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  • Rowena

    Just what I needed today- a gentle whole body stretch. Thanks very much.

  • Astra

    I haven’t been having the best day. This has been a lovely wind down before bed. Thanks 🙂

    1. Vicky

      Sorry to hear you’ve not had a great day Astra. Glad the class was some distraction. x

  • Madeline

    What a great way to start the day! Thank you, Vicky.

    1. Vicky

      You are most welcome 🙂 Have a great rest of the day

  • Elizabeth Pinheiro

    Thank you for these classes. I’m from Brazil and I’m having the opportunity to make pilates classes and also learn english with you. God bless you!

    1. Vicky

      How wonderful! Thank you for your comment Elizabeth.

  • jeanhewittsmith@yahoo.co.uk

    I’m so glad I’ve found your classes – so clear and easy to follow. I’ll be sending some money when pay day come around. | feel so much better after only a couple of weeks. Very best wishes, Jean

    1. Vicky

      That is very kind of you Jean and I am so pleased you’re benefiting. Please only contribute if you feel able to do so. Pilates Live is all about making Pilates accessible to anyone. Wishing you all the best. Vicky

  • tinag501@outlook.com

    Excellent online class thank you


    Thankyou for your wonderful pilates classes.I really enjoy them

  • Mel

    Perfect for the day after one has accidentally over-gardened. Thanks!

  • Jo

    It’s only day 3 for me , really enjoying these,never done Pilates before. As a beginner is there any particular order and how many times a week and should I repeat classes for a bit before moving on?. Will donate soon, l thank you for all the work involved.

    1. Vicky

      Hi Jo. It is difficult to say – it is what feels right for you. I would caution to go to a level you feel comfortable with and build up slowly. If helpful. You could follow one of our Pilates calendars which gives a structured progression. https://pilateslive.co.uk/all-pilates-classes/month-long-pilates-calendars/

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