Reformer Pilates is a style of Pilates training that uses the Pilates reformer shown in the picture below. The reformer looks like a small bed and has springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. The reformer adds resistance to exercises through the use of the springs and the pulley system. Most reformers have up to 5 springs, which can add up to a considerable resistance when combined. Changing the number of springs changes the difficulty of the exercise being performed, allowing the intensity to be varied from one individual to the next, depending on their ability.
Most of the exercises performed on the reformer allow you to move through full range of motion in your joints, promoting stability, strength and flexibility through range of motion. The reformer provides a versatile alternative to the traditional mat Pilates method, allowing for a wider range of movements in many different planes of motion.
The exercises in Reformer Pilates are fluid movements designed to be performed with control and purpose, with a heavy focus on breathing and midline stability. Often, exercises performed on the reformer require muscle strength, balance and co-ordination, all at once! This is an excellent way to improve body awareness and alignment.
Reformer Pilates is also an excellent rehabilitation tool for clients who experience increased pain in a weight-bearing position – for example, knee or hip pain that is worse with standing, walking or squatting. The reformer allows you to perform resistance exercises while lying down, rather than vertically loading your joints. This provides a lower resistance than your bodyweight, which is often more manageable for people who experience pain with weight-bearing. Recent research has shown that participation in reformer Pilates reduced pain and improved functional capacity in patients with low back and neck pain.
We incorporate the Reformer heavily in our Group Exercise Program, with classes offered on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. They fill up fast, so give us call us today to enquire about the program. Ph: (07) 5527 7092