Reformer Pilates

Now at Urban

What is reformer Pilates?

The reformer was invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. It’s 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.

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 practitioners from sliding off the end of the reformer as they push or pull the carriage. At the spring end of the reformer, there is an adjustable bar called a foot bar. The foot bar can be used by the feet or hands as a practitioner moves the carriage. The reformer also has long straps with handles on them that are attached to the top end of the frame.

Key benefits

The reformer offers all the benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things, in turn, lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful and efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain.

The Reformer offers resistance and variety. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength-building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones.

The Reformer challenges balance and stability. The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance.

Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness.

Supporting you to get started

We offer personalised 1:1 reformer sessions with our experienced Pilates teacher to help you learn the basic positions, movements, and breathwork you need to have the confidence to get started.

Single sessions: £25

Package offer: 1 x 45 min introduction and technique training & 5 x 30 min training sessions £150

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Single Session £25

Reformer package £150