Pilates on the Reformer
Pilates on the Reformer offer many benefits including overall strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.
These things in turn lead to daily life improvements such as better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.
When we talk about strength building and Pilates, the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount.
Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttocks and thighs are all results of this emphasis.
The stronger the core, the better the balance, posture and overall well-being. Alignment and posture improve, relieving stress on the joints and muscles, this is one of the reasons Pilates is often recommended for back pain as well.
How Pilates on the Reformer works
To some, Reformer equipment might resemble a torture apparatus, looking like a single bed frame but with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to regulate tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions, lying, sitting and even standing.
The resistance created by the pulley and spring system provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. It may also produce viable results sooner - arm, leg and abdominal muscles can look more firm and defined within a dozen or so regular sessions.
There is a foot bar that can be used by the feet or the hands as you move the carriage. In addition the reformer has long straps that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage. Body weight and resistance of the springs determine the level of resistance for the client.