What is the Pilates Reformer?
The Reformer is a piece of apparatus on which you can lie down, stand up or kneel, in order to carry out a series of exercises. It has a sliding carriage and works with a combination of your own body weight, with springs and pulleys.
Why use the Pilates Reformer?
The Reformer is a magical piece of equipment that can support your practise, or challenge you! You will improve strength, mobility, posture and flexibility, whilst developing muscle tone and length in the process. The springs add resistance, which can be increased or decreased depending on objectives.
We ask all our new clients to attend an induction - this allows us to get to know you, and you to get to know your new equipment!
During the induction we introduce or recap (if you have done Pilates before), the fundamental principles of Pilates. Other elements we will cover in your induction include:
Our one hour group induction session will give you everything you need to prepare you for your group reformer classes. Please contact us to find out when our next inductions will run.
Beginners Reformer Course
Alternatively, we offer a 4 week beginners course. This is ideal for those who have never done any Pilates before, or who may not have done it for a while - or for those who may not have done any exercise for a while. It will teach all of the above, but in much more detail. Over 4 weeks you will start to develop confidence with the equipment, with your own body, and with the Pilates philosophy.
If you have any injuries or pathologies, you can still attend the studio to practise Pilates, however some of the movements may need adapting to meet your needs. If you have any specialist requirements, we ask you to attend a one to one (private) assessment which will enable us to find the right solution for you.
Please contact us direct if you are unsure, or would like to pop into the studio for a coffee and chat to discuss.
Self-care should play a key role in everybodies daily routine. However, is something we often forget to do, being too busy looking after others, working through endless 'to-do' lists, rushing around for work, house chores, family and friends. At this time of year it is particularly important to look after ourselves, with the short days, long nights and impending Christmas madness.
Self-care is key to enhancing mood, reducing anxiety and producing positive feelings which improve confidence and self esteem.
When you truly care for yourself you make sure you're eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest and setting healthy boundaries in your relationships. It means loving yourself enough to maintain overall well-being
Food is a vital part of self care. Making slow cooked stews with seasonal root veggies, or warming soups is an easy way to boost the immune system and ensure your nutritional needs are met, giving the bod goodness and fuel. Giving yourself the time and space to connect the mind and body, through breathing exercises, meditation and giving yourself permission to rest, is also vital to balanced health. this allows the body to move from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our 'fight or flight' response. The majority of us live our lives in this part of the nervous system, with stressful lives and hectic calendars. Extended living in this part of our nervous system can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, anxiety, depression and other chronic conditions. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated when we take time to slow down and our bodies can stimulate 'rest & digest'. This gives our organs chance to repair and detoxify, strengthens the immune system, conserves energy, slows the heart rates and increases intestinal and gland activity. Activation of the parasympathetic nervous system is key in our self care, and promotes healing and management of conditions such as depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia and ME.
Ways to activate you parasympathetic nervous system and take some time out to reduce stress include:
This November you can take time out to heal and self-care with our Restorative Pilates Workshop. This will teach you deep breathing techniques, and combine a series of deep stretches with slowed down, restorative movement from the Pilates mat work repertoire. This will be followed by a warming guided mediation to leave you floating home for the best nights sleep.
Restorative and Relaxing Pilates Workshop: 15th November 2019
We all want skin that glows, and we know good skin comes with healthy eating, drinking plenty of water and regular exercise to increase the amount of oxygen to the skin cells (and hanging upside down!). But every now and again we need a little bit of a helping hand. I have had problem skin for many years, with scarring left from Roseacea, pigmentation from too much sun, and large pores. I have been looking for a treatment to help me address these issues – and I just may have found it! A facial which helps the improve the surface of the skin and it is non-invasive.