Are you new to Pilates? Ever wonder what is this thing called the Reformer?
Part scientist, mechanical genius and anatomy and movement guru, Pilates creator Joseph Pilates created a movement system he called “Contrology,” accompanied by a variety of equipment he referred to as “Apparatus.” The Apparatus was designed to help accelerate the process of stretching, strengthening and balancing the entire body. The best-known and most popular piece today, the Reformer, was originally called the Universal Reformer, aptly named for “universally reforming the body.”
The use of springs, straps and the carriage in a Pilates Reformer class makes it a low impact fitness option, perfect for treating an injury. Lying on the carriage keeps the range of movements on a horizontal plane, taking any pressure off weak or damaged knees and ankles. The low impact nature also means you can do it multiple times a week, and this consistency is key to seeing long-lasting health benefits.
The Pilates Reformer is age-friendly! Many older adults find that their balance, flexibility, and endurance have diminished over time. These conditions are workable within most beginner Pilates contexts, and they will improve as Pilates is practiced regularly. Seniors can be assured that it is the right and responsibility of any student to adjust participation in an exercise to a level that feels healthful and safe for them. Various exercise modifications are commonplace in Pilates classes.
Learn more about the Pilates Method of exercise, the Pilates Reformer and other Pilates equipment by contacting us today. We’ll explain our introductory offers and how you can get started with Pilates!