What is a Pilates Reformer?
The Pilates reformer is a piece of Pilates equipment originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself. It is basically a sliding platform running along rails attached to a simple frame by a system of adjustable springs.
The Benefits of the Reformer
The Pilates reformer is a very effective way of targeting the ‘power house’ or ‘core’ and improving postural alignment. The springs glide smoothly to provide adjustable resistance to the muscles whilst exercising, minimising stress on tendons and ligaments. The reformer works to lengthen whilst strengthening the muscles rather than building bulk. It therefore makes for an effective, non impact stretching and toning programme that is safe for the joints.
Using the Reformer for Rehabilitation
Working you in a non-weight bearing position, the reformer allows rehabilitation to begin at an earlier stage. Using the sliding platform in a sitting, standing, kneeling or lying position, the reformer can be used to mimic the standard matwork exercises or to create specific three dimensional movement. The reformer is extremely beneficial for Physiotherapists when creating and modifying exercises for injury. It allows sports specific rehabilitation to be precise and unlike the mat, the reformer also improves cardiovascular fitness.