Reformer and Chair

What Is a Pilates Reformer? 
Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it called the carriage which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame. The carriage has shoulder blocks on it that keep you from sliding off the end of the reformer as you push or pull the carriage.
At the spring end of the reformer there is an adjustable bar called a footbar. The footbar can be used by the feet or hands as you move the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame, they can be pulled with legs or arms to move the carriage as well.
Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformer parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and for differing levels of skill.

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How Is a Reformer Used?
One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, from the footbar, from the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance.
Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. There are a great many reformer exercises, including those for beginners to exercises that challenge the most advanced person





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RLR Therapy/Ruth Reid APPI, FFHT Qualified Pilates/Exercise Instructor Locations: Padbury, Winslow and Bletchley Services we provide: Pilates Classes, 1:1 and Small Group Exercise, Pilates Reformer and Chair Exercise, Seated Exercise in Care Homes, Exercise for Older Adults and Dementia, Exercise for Neurological Conditions (Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke) and Specialist Seated and Mat Exercise classes for MS