Reformer Pilates is similar yet very different to mat based Pilates that you’ll find in our halls.
Reformer Pilates is done using the Pilates reformer machine 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 which form part of the machine. It’s incredibly supportive to those with significant pathologies, allowing you to use muscle groups and move in ways not possible with Mat work.
It’s incredibly challenging to those who require it as the springs can be used to challenge rather than support you.
Either way, much more precision is gained in movement and with strength training benefits – Great for athletes, great for significant pathologies, great for rehab and great for prehab.
Joseph Pilates came up with the idea of the Reformer whilst he was interned by the British during Work War 1. He used his time to develop what he called ‘Contrology’ and what we now call ‘Pilates’.
He worked as a nurse during his interment and experimented by attaching springs to bed so patient could start conditioning their muscles. In their early incarnation the Pilates reformer was shaped like a sliding bed and used springs as resistance.
£60 per session