All About Our Pilates Reformer Apparatus

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” Joseph Pilates

The Pilates Method teaches you how to move your body’s muscles and joints in a way traditional workouts cannot. To make the most of your Pilate’s journey, JLB Pilates incorporates many different apparatuses in our Pilates classes/sessions. Here’s a closer look at one of our most recognizable pieces of equipment: the reformer.

Why Would I Need to Use a Reformer?

In Pilates, your personal practice is meant to challenge you in ways a typical workout does not. It goes beyond increasing your strength, flexibility, and balance. We focus on the work of healing through movement to improve your mind, body, and spirit. To accomplish this, Pilates challenges your body to engage smaller muscles that other workouts cannot reach. This is why the Pilates Method is so challenging when executed properly.

To help you gain the most benefit from your Pilates practice, Joseph Pilates invented several pieces of equipment known as Pilates apparatuses. The most well-known is the Pilates reformer. Joseph Pilates invented the apparatus as a tool for “universally reforming the body,” and it can be used by beginners and seasoned Pilates practitioners alike. It is the sister to Mat Pilates. It incorporates resistance in the form of various spring tensions and straps to aid different movement patterns to increase your body’s range of motion to grow stronger and more flexible.

What’s Special About the Peak Pilates® Reformers?

While there are various reformer models, JLB Pilates choose to use both the Peak Pilates® Artistry TWS units with ropes, as well as the Balanced Body Clinical Reformer with Mat & Tower unit. These apparatuses are the ones our instructors prefer, as they best serve the needs of our clients.

Our reformers stay true to Joseph Pilates’s original design. They support the body while providing the instability that engages muscles conventional exercises cannot reach. These professional apparatuses feature all the components of the original Pilates reformer. This includes a spring tension system that creates instability while providing gentle support, as well as a unique pulley system and gliding carriage to help you incorporate movement into your practice.

Can I Use a Reformer at JLB Pilates?

JLB Pilates incorporates the reformers into our small group classes and our private sessions. These versatile machines are helpful for new practitioners of Pilates as well as people who have followed the Pilates Method for years. However, our reformers are just one tool in our toolbox at JLB Pilates. We also use low chairs, high chairs, spine correctors, half barrels, ladder barrels, Cadillacs, Ped-o-Pulls,  and towers to help you heal through movement and increase your strength and flexibility.

Interested in checking out our Pilates apparatuses? Schedule your initial appointment with our team today. We can introduce you to our equipment and build a personalized program for you that will help you achieve your wellness goals.

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