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Top five benefits of reformer pilates

What is Reformer Pilates?

Reformer pilates was originally developed for rehabilitation, to build strength and flexibility thought to improve overall health and wellbeing. The equipment was used before practitioners were deemed to have the correct form and technique to move onto the mat.

A pilates Reformer is a machine that assists your body in movement which helps engage muscles and support joint stability. The reformer has a sliding carriage, attached to springs and straps to provide resistance and support (a bit like the machines at the gym). The Reformer helps teach the body how to feel movements in a new way.

Top benefits of Reformer Pilates...

The reformer combines moving with assistance with resistance to control pushing and pulling (and holding) movements which can help build strength, range of motion and stability for every day. The reformer machine is versatile in that movements can be performed standing, sitting, lying and balancing allowing for a greater range of movements and to add and remove challenge.

It has the ability to replace nearly every piece of equipment you can find in the gym. This continues to challenge the most advanced athletes. Adjustments to the springs has a significant impact on the strength and engagement required to perform exercises from heavy loads to promote strength and light spring tension to train the nervous and balance systems in the body.

The benefits?

  1. strength,

  2. flexibility,

  3. balance,

  4. understanding and

  5. function.

There's nothing quite like reformer pilates and the secret of its success is the adaptability to meet everyone from those starting a movement practice, living with and injury or illness to comfortable movers. The reformer provides confidence, freshness and challenge.

The key benefits to Reformer Pilates:

  • Discover unique muscular engagement

  • Increased strength

  • Improved flexibility

  • Postural alignment where required, and

  • Improved balance and coordination

How do I prepare for Reformer workouts?

We believe that learning by doing is a great philosophy, you just have to try it. At northern lights studio we help you familiarise yourself with all the equipment and help you to develop insights on what that means for your body and movement practice. It is our job in the studio to guide you safely and effectively through your reformer sessions.

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