Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine The Pilates 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 Pilates reformer date back to the original Pilates studio in New York in the 1920's and was designed by Joseph Pilates himself.
The reformer workout and is generally more intense and more dynamic than mat based Pilates as it adds resistance to the Pilates exercises via the use of the springs. The repertoire of exercises available is also 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 increasing stability through the joints.
Reformer Pilates can be used as a sport specific cross training tool. Reformer Pilates works on core stabilisation which is vital to any athlete as well as muscle endurance, lactate tolerance, peripheral joint stability, muscle strength, balance, co-ordination and much more.
Reformer Pilates is also great for rehab purposes too as it allows the client to exercise in a horizontal plane of motion and not be vertically loaded and weight bearing through their legs.
Pilates Mat Classes are the floor work version of the Pilates method. These classes take place in a group setting using your body weight as the primary source of resistance.
Focus is placed on precise movements originating from the center or core of your body the “powerhouse, “as Joseph Pilates called it. Working from the deepest layers of muscles, which stabilize and support your spine and pelvis, resulting in a strong, flexible spine with ideal posture and alignment. You’ve probably heard how essential the core is in maintaining the health of your body and deterring injury.
For example, a strong core helps ward off back pain and makes daily chores more doable. A strong core is a must, when your core is strong, it serves as the center of power so your limbs don’t have to bear as much of the brunt of movement.
Both Pilates Mat and Reformer promote a feeling of physical and mental well-being and also develops inner physical awareness. This method strengthens and lengthens the muscles with creating bulk, it is also extremely effective in preventing and rehabilitating from injuries, improving posture, and increasing flexibility, circulation and balance.