Pilates is known to stretch, strengthen, gain flexibility and balance your body, while connecting the mind with the body. Strengthening the ‘Powerhouse’ which includes the abdomen, lower back, hips and buttocks is the biggest benefit that you will get while practicing Pilates. Pilates incorporates all of the above with an emphasis on particular breathing patterns.
The reformer uses springs, pulleys, bars & straps to perform over 500 exercises in a variety of positions. The equipment was originally developed to offer movement and rehab to the injured, but today it offers a more challenging version of the matwork. Because of the reformer’s attachments, it is an ideal option for those who need modifications to the mat exercises. It is also easier to increase resistance with the reformer, creating more challenging work for the advanced Pilates client. While the classes are more expensive than mat, they are generally smaller class formats, which allow for more individualized instruction. Pilates Instructors can work with a wide range of clients, from rehab focused to extremely challenging for even the most seasoned athlete.