Reformer Pilates

A strength building bed which conditions the core and provides a deeper lengthening stretch to the entire body.

What is Reformer Pilates?

Joseph Pilates, was originally a gymnast & body builder, following on to professional boxer, circus-performer, and a self-defence trainer at police schools.

During WW1 he was in an Internment camp rehabilitating immobilized soldiers and developed a system he named “Contrology”, which encouraged the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. And so -Pilates was born.

He later created a Reformer Bed which is simply a narrow bed with a sliding carriage, straps, pulleys, and resistance springs which can be added or removed depending on his clients’ level of strength.


Both improve core strength flexibility, mobility, balance and muscle tone and both have  “contrology” as their driving force.

Mat focuses on using body weight for resistance as a base of the exercises, this is where “contrology” is in full force.

The Reformer bed is more of a support system that maintains the proper form of each exercise with adjustable springs that vary the intensity of resistance. It is a strength building bed which conditions the core and provides a deeper lengthening stretch to the entire body.

The pulley and spring system of the Reformer, offers a much larger variety of exercises compared to Mat, therefore you can perform very basic to highly advanced exercises in almost any position.  The Reformer can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than Mat classes, leading to greater results sooner. 

Another major benefit of the Reformer is to clients requiring rehabilitation. It allows them to exercise in a horizontal plane of motion, not be vertically loaded and no weight bearing on their legs or joints.  Clients that find it difficult to do Mat Pilates due to injuries, are able to increase their range of motion safely and effectively using the Reformer.

Reformer Pilates for EVERY…BODY

Develop core strength, flexibility and total body conditioning.