The Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. The origins of the Reformer date back to the original Pilates studio in New York in the 1920s and was designed by Joseph Pilates himself. It is used to create resistance.
People can be intimidated when they first see the Reformer because it does look like a medieval rowing machine. However, after just one or two workouts on a Reformer you begin to realise that it is one of the most versatile and effective pieces of equipment ever made and crucially it’s great fun. There are 5 springs which provide much of the resistance. They are strong and when used in combination can add up to a considerable resistance. Conversely, as there are 5 springs, using only one of two of them can provide a gentler resistance to suit the exercise and the muscle worked. This means the intensity can vary considerably from one person to the next, depending on the need and making it an incredibly versatile piece of equipment to use as a workout or rehab tool.
Whether the objectives are general conditioning, rehabilitation or elite physical performance, the Reformer fits the bill as it enables clients to build strength, increase mobility and so much more. The resistance and framework it offers gives clients the support and confidence needed to make progressive steps from basic mat work to advanced mat work and beyond. Mind-Body integrity, spinal articulation, precise alignment, muscular endurance and control are just some of the benefits attributed to working with the Reformer.
Reformer Pilates is superior to traditional mat based Pilates as the repertoire of exercises available is greatly increased providing far more variety. The exercises usually work muscles through a large range of motion which is ideal for building and toning muscles as well as increasing stability through the joints. Reformer Pilates works more areas than mat work because mat work is mostly concentrated on the core whereas the Reformer works the entire body and the more peripheral muscles of the arms and legs.
1:1’s cost £45 per hour.
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