Why Reformer Pilates is good for you

When you first see a Pilates Reformer it can often feel quite scary as they do look complicated if you have never seen them before.

Remember that the origin of the Reformer goes back to Joseph Pilates who developed a series of exercises to mobilise his injured body while confined to a hospital bed in the 1930’s. Joseph Pilates adapted pulleys and ropes to the hospital bed and over time successfully healed his body and then started to help others using the same methodology- and the rest is history. The modern adaptation of Pilates has been in response to the changing world of health and fitness bringing this method of movement to people beyond those who are sick and injured.

In our busy 21st century lives we spend more time doing activities for which our body is not designed to do and our physical bodies are showing the repercussions- poor posture, injuries, lack of strength and ability to move in a free and functional way. As an add on, practicing Pilates also requires you to breath in tune with movement, building a greater awareness of the importance of being present and focused.

The Reformer is adaptable to all shapes and sizes and each exercise allows you to progress or regress depending on how you are able to move on any particular day. We can build strong bones and muscles through the clever use of the springs and moveable carriage together with use of your own body weight. Both eccentric and concentric movements of the muscles are encouraged in a Pilates session which results in longer, leaner and stronger physiques- visibly toned and flexible.

Because of the diversity and range of options available using the Reformer, you will never get bored! In fact quite the opposite will occur as you build confidence in your ability to move more freely, stand taller and feel the benefits of a stronger core.

 

Lauren Angel