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Reformer Pilates FAQs

The reformer, created by Joseph Pilates, is a unique piece of equipment in Pilates. It consists of a bed-like frame with a movable carriage connected to springs. The carriage slides back and forth, providing resistance. Attached to one end are straps utilized for exercises involving the arms and legs, allowing for pushing and pulling movements.

Pilates Reformer classes offer a low-impact fitness option that is particularly beneficial for injury rehabilitation. The combination of springs, straps, and the carriage creates a horizontal range of motion, relieving any pressure on weakened or injured knees and ankles. This gentle approach allows for frequent participation throughout the week, promoting consistent progress and long-term health benefits. 

The bars and straps with loops on the reformer ensure that your body moves through a complete range of motion, which may be challenging to achieve independently. Gripping the loops or attaching them to your feet naturally encourages full extension, maximizing the effectiveness of each exercise. While the notion of lengthening muscles is not technically accurate, Pilates on the reformer helps you attain the appearance of greater length. By consistently training in this full range of motion, you'll develop a taller, leaner, and more streamlined physique. Embrace regular reformer workouts to enhance your posture and achieve a sleeker overall appearance.

Core Strength:

Your core encompasses more than just your abdominals; it extends from your shoulders to your hips. The core serves as the foundation for all movements, highlighting the significance of building strength in this area. Our classes will teach you how to activate the deeper muscles that promote stability in your trunk and pelvis. 

Increased Flexibility:

The Reformer provides a safe and controlled environment to enhance flexibility through resistance-based stretching. As you progress, you'll develop the ability to maintain engagement while expanding your range of motion. 

Improved Alignment & Body Awareness: 

By engaging the correct muscles for each exercise, you'll enhance body control and develop a heightened sense of body alignment. This awareness corrects any imbalances, reduces the risk of pain and injuries, and promotes overall well-being. 

Stress Reduction: Pilates encourages present-moment focus, allowing the mind to find calmness. Proper breathing techniques during exercise trigger relaxation in the brain, helping to alleviate stress. In summary, our Pilates classes on the Reformer offer benefits such as core strength, increased flexibility, improved alignment, body awareness, and stress reduction. Embrace the transformative power of Pilates to enhance both your physical and mental well-being.

Patience is key: As a first-time participant, it's important to be patient with yourself. Learning takes time and there is a learning curve to navigate. Rest assured, we are here to support you every step of the way. If you're new to Pilates and the reformer, we recommend setting up a FREE consultation with us (email to schedule). This session will help you become acquainted and comfortable with the machine. Together, we will assess your readiness for group classes or determine if a few Private Sessions would better suit your needs.

SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS! To ensure your comfort and safety, and maintain cleanliness, please bring your own pair of sticky socks. They provide added stability on the footbar and machine, preventing any unwanted slipping. Additionally, they help keep your feet warm throughout the session. We understand if you don't have any; you can purchase pairs at the studio. Prioritizing hygiene and your overall experience is our top priority.

Pre-registration is required for all Reformer classes. Please note that we do not accept walk-ins. To register, click here or use the MindBody App. Your registration is essential as it helps us plan and prepare for your attendance. In the event that only one person is registered for a class, we will contact you to discuss alternative options.

Please be aware that there is a 12-hour cancellation window. If you need to cancel your reservation, kindly do so at least 12 hours before the scheduled class to avoid any cancellation fees. Thank you for your cooperation in adhering to our registration and cancellation policies.

Studio Classes FAQs

Mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer are two variations of Pilates exercise. 

Mat Pilates is performed on a flat mat and primarily uses body weight for resistance, while Pilates Reformer involves specialized equipment with adjustable springs and pulleys for resistance. 

Mat Pilates is known for its focus on core strength and flexibility, suitable for various fitness levels. Pilates Reformer offers more versatility, intensity, and muscle engagement due to its equipment, making it suitable for those seeking a challenging workout or rehabilitation. 

The choice depends on individual preferences and fitness goals.

Pilates offers a wide range of benefits, including improved core strength, increased flexibility, better posture, enhanced body awareness, and reduced stress. It can also aid in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and weight management, while promoting a strong mind-body connection. Pilates is versatile and suitable for people of various fitness levels and ages.

Pilates and yoga are mind-body fitness practices with distinct differences. Yoga involves various postures, breath control, meditation, and spirituality, emphasizing flexibility and balance. Pilates, on the other hand, focuses on controlled movements, core strength, and muscle toning to improve overall body conditioning. Both emphasize breath but have different techniques and approaches to physical fitness.

Please wear clothes that are comfortable but cover you, like leggings.  No short shorts please as you will be in some positions that show a lot.