If you are looking for Upper Eastside reformer pilates, Chaise Fitness in the place to be.
What’s the history of Reformer Pilates?
Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Reformer Pilates was initially designed to help bed-ridden WW1 patients build strength in their upper bodies.
What is a Reformer Pilates Machine and how does Reformer Pilates compare to regular Pilates?
The most famous piece of Pilates equipment (the frame and platform) is called “The Reformer”. If you aren’t familiar, it can look quite scary.
A frame, called the ‘carriage’, moves around on wheels and is attached to one end by a set of springs, which provides resistance as the platform is moved. The footbar and long straps may be used by the arms and legs, and the shoulder blocks for stopping the practitioner falling off when working out.
The Reformer may be used in a number of different ways to benefit flexibility, strength and balance. The platform can be pushed or pulled against the spring resistance and may be done sitting, standing, and inverted utilizing the different elements of the Reformer.
The versatility of the equipment means it can continue to challenge even the most experienced Pilates experts, i.e., by holding more of the body off the platform or with the springs on a lighter setting. This requires more engagement and strength.
With respect to Mat Pilates, the combination of adjustable spring resistance and a sliding platform, enables the Reformer to perform in a way that the mat cannot by creating resistance and instability to make exercises easier or harder.’
So, what are the benefits of Pilates Reformer?
Though the results speak for themselves, the benefits of Pilates are amazing.
There is something for everyone. James Shaw, a pilates instructor at Frame, stated ‘Whether you’re a pro athlete, office worker or new to working out, reformer pilates will help develop your whole body’.
Similar to mat pilates, Reformer improves core, back, glutes and thighs strength. Flexibility and balance, focus, coordination and body alignment are improved.
The internet leads you to believe that Pilates creates long, lean muscles. However, it does not; you cannot lengthen your muscles. Pilates does, however, strengthen your muscles through ‘eccentric muscle contractions’, which is the name given to the motion of an active muscle lengthening as it resists a force or load. Eccentric training involves repeatedly performing these contractions.
Other health benefits received from Pilates, is lowered blood pressure and better cardiovascular health, and eases lower back pain as it focuses on stabilizing the muscles around the spine.
And does Reformer have mindful benefits too?
While Pilates was not invented as a spiritual activity, it is mindful. Improved memory, surge of endorphins, and anxiety and depression relief are a few of the benefits reported by a number of Pilates practitioners.
There are also workouts designed to purge the body of stress hormones.
“Breathwork” is the latest rage in wellbeing and one of the six fundamental Pilates principles. Breathing properly is key.
Breathing is encouraged with the movement to engage deeper abdominal muscles, lower blood pressure and bring focus to the body.
Upper Eastside Reformer Pilates: Where do I sign up?
Contact Chaise Fitness, and get in on some Upper Eastside reformer pilates classes today.