The reformer is a wonderful piece of equipment designed to facilitate as well as to add challenge to Pilates exercises. Used on a 1:1 basis, or as part of a small class, the reformer consists of a sliding platform and a series of springs and pulleys. Resistance is given by adjusting the springs, and many of the exercises give excellent stretches which are difficult to do off the Reformer. Exercises can be done lying, standing, kneeling, sitting on a box, using all parts of the body. Uses and variations are endless!

1:1 Reformer sessions enable the instructor and client to work at individual issues. Some clients who have difficulty moving for a variety of reasons find the Reformer helpful in aiding movement. Many clients attend on a 1:1 basis for particular reasons such as recovery from back pain or rehabilitation following surgery, or to work on a particular aspect of their sport.

August 2017 saw the introduction of 3 new reformers to the original one, making a suite of 4 machines. Small classes are now being held – currently 8 classes a week – and are very popular. The resistance provided by these machines gives lots of feedback, and clients are noticing a marked increase in strength and reduction in symptoms. The classes can be slow and precise, or faster and more aerobic. Really “feel” your body as it moves!

 

“I’m not a lover of exercise, but I love reformers!” —Lyn

“Pilates is fun anyway – but this is more fun!” —Ide

“It has made me stronger, especially my knees.” —Maddy

“I’m more supple”

“It’s the most satisfying thing I have done in recent years” —Rodney

“I feel much stronger”

“I’ve re-shaped – it’s got to be the Reformers that’s done it!” —Jean

“If you want a real stretch, try the Reformer. I’ve never been stretched like this before!”