Reformer Pilates Offers London. It can be quite intimidating walking into a Pilates studio with what at first glance seems to be a room full of torture machines! You will see a mixture of reformers, the chair and the cadillac (or trapeze) Pilates equipment. Whilst they look scary they are incredibly efficient to ensure a great workout or effective rehab session. At Wellthy Clinic we are Osteopaths and Pilates instructors who specialise in teaching studio Pilates. This includes the reformer, chair, barrel and Cadillac table equipment. The added value of having this equipment will assist us to challenge you throughout your sessions.
What is a Reformer in Pilates?
The reformer has a bed like rectangular frame. On top of the frame sits a padded sliding platform known as the carriage. The carriage is attached to hidden runners and so is able to slide up and down the frame. The adjustable springs can either add resistance to increase difficulty or help with movements. The variable spring tension gives multiple options to challenge your body. By performing movements on the moving surface of the carriage in combination with the spring resistance really targets your body’s deep postural muscles. Similarly you are getting the added benefit of increasing your balance and coordination at the same time. In addition, the adjustable spring tension means exercises can be adapted for anyone (people with injuries, beginners and pregnant women).
Is Pilates Reformer a Good Workout?
Yes absolutely! Reformer Pilates is superb to train every muscle in your body, in particular you will notice your abdominals, lower back, hips and gluts working. The advantage of using the reformer will mean you will work against the adjustable spring resistance focusing on engaging the deeper muscles. In other words, the reformer helps you to exercise correctly to maximise exercise benefits. Performing the movements slowly and controlled will mean you are adopting the best technique, strengthening most effectively and minimising the risk of injury. You will also experience mental benefits as it’s a great stress reliever by reducing your physical tensions. In addition, Pilates focuses on your mind-body connection through mindful, flowing movement.
How Often Should You Do Reformer Pilates?
To see results quicker, regular practice is all important. If you train 3 times per week you will quickly see and feel the benefits. As with any muscular strengthening activity it will take 4 to 6 weeks before to start to notice the benefits.
How Long After Starting Pilates will I see the Results?
The famous quote from the founder Joseph Pilates is ‘In ten sessions, you will feel the difference; in 20 you will see the difference; and in 30 you will have a whole new body’. Pilates supports athletes as part of a wider training program really well. Pilates will give you the foundation and postural deeper muscles to support higher impact activities. In other words, it provides a balance to your overall training programs for injury prevention to increase your sports performance.
Can You Lose Weight Doing Reformer Pilates?
Pilates gives you the foundation to support more demanding activities. It involves muscle strengthening exercises which can contribute towards weight loss. For best results combine with a healthy diet and aerobic activity (walking, cycling or swimming). Reformer Pilates increase the efficiency by adding spring resistance to increase difficulty which can help with weight loss. A recent study showed an increase in Pilates activity have shown a positive reduction in weight, body mass index and fat percentages (Savkin 2017).
Can Begineers do Reformer Pilates?
Yes absolutely! At Wellthy Clinic we deliver Osteopath led private Pilates sessions (1:1 or 2:1) on the cadillac, chair and reformer machines. We will increase the difficulty or support you throughout the exercises depending on which resistance is added. You can choose to have a 1:1 or share the session with one or two other people on a 2:1 basis. All classes provide a more personalised approach to exercise which ensures the successful achievement of each client's goals. Moreover each client is unique so the goals may differ whether this is to increase their sports performance or recover from injury. Private sessions will accelerate your progression and have a truly bespoke experience.
Pilates for back pain?
Yes absolutely! The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK NICE guidelines for Low Back Pain (2016) suggests group exercise programme (biomechanical, aerobic, mind–body or a combination of approaches) for people with a specific episode or flare-up of low back pain with or without sciatica. Pilates reformers are superb for rehab as they will provide support to elongate and/or activate the muscles without stressing your joints. Moreover increasing your flexibility through safe stretches will reduce back tensions. In addition, muscular strengthening exercises are performed in a safe manner to tone your deep postural muscles and support your back. At Wellthy Clinic we offer initial assessments delivered by our Osteopaths who are also Pilates instructors before starting a course of Pilates.
Is Reformer Better than Mat Pilates?
Mat work Pilates will give you the foundation of Pilates. The majority of the people start with a beginners class to become familiar with some of the exercises. Typically you will experience improvements within a few months. However if you wanted to speed up the process or enhance your experience then try the studio classes. The advantage of using the Pilates equipment will mean you will work against the adjustable spring resistance focusing on engaging the deeper muscles. In other words, the reformer helps you to exercise correctly to maximise exercise benefits. Performing the movements slowly and controlled will mean you are adopting the best technique, strengthening most effectively and minimising the risk of injury. In conclusion, we believe neither one is better than the other but you will see results quicker with the reformer Pilates.
Reformer Pilates Offers In London
We offer 10 plan Pilates packages. You will save 10% for studio pilates (1:1, 2:1 or 3:1) when you buy 10 sessions upfront. We can organise payment for these plans at the clinic. At Wellthy Clinic we offer Osteopath led private Pilates sessions where you can use the reformer, cadillac and chair Pilates equipment. Bespoke sessions will be delivered to ensure successful achievement of each client's goals. Whether this is to increase their sports performance or recover from injury. Moreover we will increase the difficulty or support you throughout the exercises depending on which resistance is added. You can choose to have a 1:1 or share the session with one or two other people on a 2:1 or 3:1 basis. All classes provide a more personalised approach to exercise.
Reformer Pilates Offers London
At Wellthy Clinic we deliver Osteopath led private Studio Pilates which uses reformer, cadillac and chair Pilates equipment. As the private classes are bespoke we can cater for beginners to advanced ability levels as well as people with injuries for rehab sessions.
What is Reformer Pilates Good For
Regular Reformer Pilates helps build a stronger core. Also it improves posture, mood, body shape & muscle tone. It takes stress off joints and bones whilst providing a challenging overall body workout.
Our IBS Nutritionist London could help you change your diet and your lifestyle, call us today.
Haven't heard of Mezieres Method check out our blog for further information on how this can help you.