The Pilates Reformer was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. It was designed to help the body flow and move against resistance to gain strength, stability and fluidity. The Reformer uses a sliding carriage that is attached to springs to provide resistance and is fitted with ropes and bars to aid balance and alignment. The use of spring tension can make exercises more achievable by supporting the limbs through movement and by offering tactile feedback, whilst the resistance of spring tension can also make exercises more challenging and promote greater stamina. Tension and settings can be easily adjusted to suit an individuals’ physique and ability.
The structure of the Reformer allows the teacher to view the client in a symmetrical grid, creating an ideal environment for alignment corrections to address muscle imbalance and poor movement habits. Most exercises involve pushing, pulling or holding the carriage steady using the arms and legs.
The Reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates and more. Its versatility aids rehabilitation, strength improvement and body awareness, helping to achieve a better movement quality with less risk of injury.