‘In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.’ – Joseph H Pilates
The Pilates Reformer
Truly one of the most unique and dynamic pieces of Pilates equipment is the Reformer. The Reformer will strengthen muscles that help you maintain a symmetrical and revitalized body.
The Reformer centers the body, develops balance, co-ordination and spacial awareness as it strengthens and lengthens your entire body, not just one isolated set of muscles.
Why the Reformer?
- 1 -Achieve a slender yet strong physique.
- 2 -With long muscles, leaner calves, slimmer hips and thighs.
- 3 -Strengthen your shoulders/chest/arms and buttocks.
- 4 -Develop firm abdominals
- 5 -Improve breathing patterns
- 6 -Increased flexibility and improved posture.
We have two studio Reformers with towers and we can work on a one-to-one basis or with two people sharing a session.
Session times are flexible to suit individual needs and are 60 minutes long. You are welcome to book a one off taster session, however we recommend a block of 6 sessions so you really feel the results. Please ring the studio to book an appointment, 01446 775 772
So what exactly is a Pilates Reformer?
The Reformer is quite different from other traditional pieces of fitness equipment that you might have used or seen in a gym. Instead of using isolated set of muscles to move an external force, like a barbell or stack of weights on a resistance machine, you use your ‘Powerhouse’ to lift and pull your body’s weight along the spring-loaded carriage.
Joseph Pilates invented the Reformer and it is the most widely known piece of equipment used today. Pilates created almost 100 exercises for the Reformer, more than any other piece of equipment. The Reformer is a combination of springs, pulleys, and straps on a sliding carriage.
- The sliding platform has springs attached to one end and it can be moved by pulling on ropes or by pushing off from the stationary footbar.
- Nickel-plated steel springs glide smoothly or move back and forth on rollers.
- The springs provide variable or measured resistance, light to heavy, to the muscles while exercising.
- Springs offer more resistance at the strongest point of muscle contraction rather than at the start of finishing point of the exercise. This type of resistance reduces stress on ligaments and tendons.
- Swivel pulleys offer variable angles of resistance; you can pull the ropes easily in any direction.
- Ropes adjust easily for various body lengths.
- Head and shoulder rests help stabilize the body and refine berthing patterns.
- Adjustable strops help you locate proper arm and leg positions.
- The Reformer is completely adjustable, the head rest can adjust in 2 positions, the footbar can adjust to 3 positions and the carriage can be adjusted in 4 positions. This enables the Reformer to address a wide range of physical capabilities, disabilities and fitness goals.
- Exercise can be performed in standing, sitting, kneeling or lying down (prone or supine). The box adds variation, long or short.
Exercises are to be performed in a specific sequence and manner using transitions, (just like mat work), that results in a series of flowing movements.
Each exercise prepares your body and mind for the next one, warming the muscles, awakening your mind and body, stimulating your organs, coordinating your breathing, training your muscles to “fire” in the correct sequence to give you the maximum benefit from the exercise movements.
- Exercises are suitable for anyone irrespective of age or gender
- Improve breathing patterns, correct spinal and pelvic alignment
- Streamline control over body movements
- Develop deep abdominal muscles, TVA (transverse abdominals) and internal obliques, along with the muscles closest to the spine, multifidus, QL (quadratus lumboram)
- Work-out without unwanted stress on joints
- Spinal flexibility and decompression
- Specific exercises can be completed even if you have an injury
- Top athletes can enhance their sporting abilities by improving their agility and preventing injuries
- Increased ability to guide deep internal muscles and manage movement
- Enhance motor control
- Focus on quality of movement over quantity of movement