Updated: Feb 22
What is Reformer Pilates:
Reformer Pilates was established by Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates in the 1920s. The Reformer Machines incorporate the use springs of different resistance, ropes, pulleys and a carriage. Reformer Pilates shares principles of centring, concentration, control, precision, coordination, breathing and flow.
The reformer assists the individual in achieving the goals of Pilates, which include the use of diaphragmatic breathing to organize the body's posture through coordinated movements with an emphasis on postural control.
During classes at Fine Form Physio, our team of reformer instructors will provide a variety of exercises using the reformer machine, important accessory items such as Pilates rings, blocks, boxes, weights, and bands throughout different classes.
What are the benefits of Reformer Pilates?
There are lots of benefits to Reformer Pilates. These include enhance muscular strength, increase flexibility & mobility, relieve stress and back pain, improve joint stability, enhance athletic performance and develop balance and coordination. "Reformer Pilates is ideal to help with realignment of posture, improve core stability, regain muscular strength, reduce muscle discrepancies & enrich everyday function", Maddie says.
Here are 4 main benefits to Pilates in more detail.
1. It is a full body workout not just stretching:
Using the Pilates reformer to perform choreographed movements with the supervision of our instructors will give you a balanced full body workout. The combination of strength, dynamic stretching and balance within a class is safe for anyone to come along and participate.
"Reformer Pilates globally strengthens the body using the refinement of springs to not just target the big muscle movers but also activate intrinsic smaller stabiliser muscles of the body" Maddie says. Reformer Pilates can be performed within a group setting or 1:1 here at Fine Form Physio.
2. It builds strength and improves activation of muscles:
The Reformer machine is incredibly versatile, offering different levels of resistance so it suits your current fitness levels and physical abilities. "Not one body is the same, therefore different exercises to help with regaining strength, overcoming an injury or to enhance athletic performance can all be arranged to suit your needs", Says Maddie.
3. It is high intensity but low impact:
Reformer Pilates is like no other type of exercise as it is low impact and can be high intensity. With the clearance from your medical professional such as your local GP or Physiotherapist, reformer Pilates can be an ideal option if you are suffering from either an acute or chronic injury. "When working with an injury that may seem very debilitating at the time, reformer Pilates has help many of our client's to overcome and find the perfect way to manage re-occurring pain or stiffness throughout the body", say Maddie. The best way to a full recovery is the combination of Physiotherapy and Pilates. The use of Physiotherapy can help with the early acute phases of your injury whereas, Pilates can help with the long term maintenance and regaining strength to eliminate re-injury or pain.
4. It creates a stronger core and postural awareness:
Reformer Pilates is extremely beneficial for improving core stability and strength which enhances overall posture. Everyday activities such as bending to put on shoes, turning to look behind you, sitting on a chair or just standing still -- all require core and postural control. Our core muscles are our centre, therefore are one of the most important muscles in our body to have strong and engaged correctly when performing different activities of daily living.
"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference and in 30 sessions you'll have a new body."
If this interests you and you are ready to feel, see and be the best in your body, contact our admin staff on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling and speaking to one of our Pilates instructors on (02) 8068 6776.
Blog by Maddie Endacott
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