Pilates on the Reformer
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. It is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment which looks like a bed with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. The springs provide different levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame.
Reformer Pilates is a great tool for rehabilitation 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. For example if you have a back injury using the reformer could speed up your recovery through controlled movement.
The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame. They can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well. Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move.
How Is a Reformer Used?
The reformer is very versatile, exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perching on the footbar, perching on the shoulder blocks, in other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one piece of equipment. All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?
The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, co-ordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to general improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with conditions such as back pain.
Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness.