The Pilates Reformer
Perhaps the most renowned of all Pilates equipment is the Reformer, in this case a Stott Pilates Professional Reformer. It consists of a long cushioned wooden carriage that moves back and forth along metal rails. It has a finely tuned spring resistance system operating under the carriage. On opposite ends it has a foot-bar from which to push off, and a pulley and strap mechanism to place your hands or feet in, depending on the exercise. All this seems complicated, but with personal attention from Anne-Marie, it is very simple to understand, fun and refreshing, and surprisingly versatile, with over one hundred exercises to benefit from.
The Reformer aims to develop:
- Core strength
- Good posture
- Great all over Weight loss and body tone
- Balanced muscle usage in the body
- Recovery from injury and injury prevention
- Benefits people with back problems, weak or injured necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees or ankles
- Improved performance in sports
- Stronger and more toned abdominal and back muscles
The Reformer is a large component of the Pilates system of injury rehabilitation. The technique focuses on muscle balance and coordination of the limbs plus upper and lower body musculature, with the torso musculature as the central support network in every exercise.
The Reformer really does re-form the body.
Small pieces of Pilates equipment
Some of these include:
- Fitness Circles
- Resistance Bands
Anne-Marie uses these with her clients to compliment the matwork.