Joseph Pilates believed from a young age that exercise was key to developing and maintaining health. His goal “to develop the complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit to promote flexibility, endurance, strength and posture” is as true today as it was 100 years ago.
In Physiotherapy, we have modified traditional mat-based Pilates to enable an effective form of rehabilitative exercise for people of all ages and all conditions; we also use the Reformer for teaching traditional Reformer Pilates, or as an addition to our rehabilitation for a number of different injuries and conditions, and everything in-between!
The Pilates Reformer consists of a bed-like frame, a moving carriage, springs, pulleys, boxes, boards and bars. It can assist with some exercises making them easier to perform, before progressing to exercises that challenge your strength and control. Most exercises performed on the reformer involve pushing or pulling with your legs or arms, or holding the carriage and your body still.
Pilates on the Reformer is only available for private 1:1 sessions at times when there are no classes running in the studio.