What is a Reformer? Invented by the founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, the Reformer is a sophisticated machine with a system of springs, straps a
nd pulleys that allows the user to perform over 200 different typesof exercises. The Reformer glides forwards and backwards on rollers and uses the springs, leverage and own body weight for resistance for a wide variety of exercises and positions (i.e. lying down, seated, and standing).
The reformer offers all the benefits of mat work Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance with one additional beneficial feature, namely eccentric muscle contraction. This is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction which is key to achieving long, strong muscles without bulk.
Reformer Pilates is no-impact (and therefore easy on the joints) and accommodates full-range motion which is great for increasing flexibility and building strength – making it very suitable for patients with injuries. It facilitates three-dimensional movement and conditioning, and is suitable for a wide variety of clients from rehab to professional athletes.
The Reformer machine parts are adjustable depending on the user’s body size and level of skill, which makes exercising with the reformer possible for anyone, at any level of fitness and especially those with injuries.
Be prepared to have fun while improving your flexibility, muscle tone, and core strength! Warning – Reformer Pilates are extremely addictive!
Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation, muscle endurance and strength, joint stability, balance, coordination and more. Is great for rehab purposes too, as it allows people with limited range of movement or injuries to safely do modified exercises and work in a horizontal plane of motion and not to be vertically loaded and weight bearing through their legs.
If you are interested further in Pilates. We recommend our Discover Pilates Pack.
This is a combination of Physiotherapy led assessment and sessions, combined with a number of independent reformer sessions. This is usually completed over a 10-12 week period, which will take you from a beginner, to intermediate in no time!