What is the Reformer?
It is comprised of a movable carriage or platform, which is attached to a system of pulleys, cords and springs, designed to make us exercise using ‘resistance’ to develop and build strength in our muscles and joints.
Pushing away on the footbar or pulling on the cords moves the carriage.
The Reformer can assist us to do exercises we may not be able to perform well on the mat. It can introduce us to new exercises only possible on the reformer like ‘standing splits’.
Fun to use, easy on the joints, sit, stand, lie or kneel to:
- stretch tight hamstrings (leg arcs)
- strengthen shoulders (arm pull down)
- tone your tum (abdominal massage)
- keep moving (side twist sitting)
Why not sign up to try a taster one-on-one session for £15 for 30 – 45 minutes at Fuschia Studio?
Brief outline history
The original reformer was devised by German born Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) during WW1 when he was interned and worked as an orderly on the Isle of Man. He took springs out of mattresses and attached them to beds to rehabilitate his fellow comrades who had injured muscles and joints. He was determined to ease these wounded soldiers back to health, facilitating a mind-body approach using integrated breathing, flowing movement from a strong stable core.