SO WHAT IS A REFORMER PILATES MACHINE?
The Reformer Bed was invented by Joseph Pilates during World War 1 and is a bed-like frame with a flat platform that rolls back and forth on wheels.
“It is an apparatus used as a part of a Pilates exercise session under the direction of an instructor that uses springs for assistance and resistance to achieve proper muscle length and strength in an organised way,” explains our instructor Chris.
“The reformer bed will assist the individual in achieving the goals of Reformer Pilates. We use lateral breathing to control the body’s posture through coordinated movements with an emphasis on postural control. Here at ReformME Studio in Formby, after much research, we made the decision to invest in the British manufactured Align Pilates Equipment – which we believe to be the most superior pilates equipment.
The platform is called the carriage, and the carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs allow us to tailor each session to the needs and desires of the individual. We adjust resistance to the carriage, which will be pushed and pulled along the frame by your own body weight and strength. There are also shoulder blocks on the carriage that keep you in a stable and safe position.
At the end of the Reformer Bed is an adjustable bar that holds the springs. We use this to support your feet and hands depending on the exercise. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that your feet or hands can be placed in to; these are at the top of the frame opposite of the footbar. The springs can be adjusted to affect both the footbar and the handles, to modify the workout for different skill levels and body types. In fact, the reformer is used not only by people looking to strengthen their core, but also by athletes for training and injury rehabilitation.