The Reformer offers all the well-known benefits of Pilates including strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things clearly have a positive impact on our daily life such as better posture, more efficient movement patterns and in many cases relief from pain caused by muscular imbalance. But using the Pilates Reformer will take your pilates practice and the results you get to a new level.
- The Reformer encourages full-range movement thus helping to safely increase flexibility and build strength.
- It’s unique action and use of spring loading helps to invite the sense of length into the spine and the body.
- Working your arms or legs against the combined resistance of body weight, carriage and springs is generally strength building for muscles but also helps to promote stronger bones.
- The spring resistance of the Reformer offers a unique exercise protocol of ‘eccentric’ muscle contraction – this is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. This helps to build strong muscle without bulk which Pilates is so well known for.
- The range of positions and set ups using the rolling carriage promotes all kinds of stability challenges: by decreasing the amount of body contact on the carriage more body weight has to be supported by practitioner thus making the exercises harder. Conversely by making the springs lighter, certain exercises become more challenging as you have to work harder to control the movement.
With such versatility Pilates Reformer exercises are possible for anyone regardless of age or level of fitness.