The reformer is a piece of specialist equipment which allows for a more dynamic and targeted Pilates workout.
The Pilates reformer is an amazing piece of apparatus which helps you to find length and space in the body while under spring tension. The Pilates reformer helps create internal pressure to elongate the spine, joints and muscles which then leads to greater flexibility, strength, stamina and a more balanced posture.
The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It has a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame.
At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. 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.
Our reformer classes are a great way to improve your knowledge and application of Pilates. During these one hour sessions in the comfort of Studio 36 you will be guided through tailored exercises that will benefit you.
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