Every movement you perform, whether it’s opening a door or putting on shoes, requires core control, strength and stability. When the demands on our body exceed our core’s capability, the movements become difficult, and we are vulnerable to injury and pain.
Reformer Pilates focuses on improving these foundations, so you can move, perform and live your life without pain and limitations. It uses gentle, controlled movements to help you achieve your goals, whether that’s to recover from surgery or injury quickly, become stronger and more flexible, or improve your coordination, balance and walking.
Whatever age, strength and movement you’re able to do when you start, reformer pilates is perfect - there are no minimum requirements. We work with the level that you’re at to gently and effectively improve your strength, control and stability. What we don’t do is push you beyond what you can safely handle or put you in strenuous, dangerous situations. Reformer Pilates is a fun and enjoyable activity - and we help keep it that way!
While reformer pilates is performed regularly by many to help maintain their health, strength and well-being, here at The Podiatrist, we also use it as part of our injury rehabilitation to help you get out of pain and back to doing the things you love faster. You are guided through each movement that is designed to help restore your strength and assist your recovery.
More than this, having strong foundations also helps protect you against future injury and re-injury, which is one of our key focuses!
You have full control of the difficulty and the level of exertion required to complete each move. If you start to feel any discomfort, reduce the difficulty until you build up the strength and function to be able to comfortably perform each move. Your podiatrist will guide you through each move to ensure that your technique is correct and you’re maximising your benefits from each session.
You can book in for reformer pilates sessions, or take part in our 6-week, one-on-one reformer program that specifically targets your deficits and works on movement-based goals. An appointment is 45 minutes, and is available at Optimise Health on Ipswich Street. Take-home exercises are provided to help you maximise the benefits to your body and continue your care and progress in-between appointments.
Our aim is to create balanced and harmonious movement patterns for everyone.
The variety of exercises alone is far superior in reformer pilates. Reformer pilates works on core stabilisation, just like mat pilates, except it uses your legs and arms more effectively, and is therefore more appealing in helping your rehabilitation and sport-specific training.
Reformer pilates promotes endurance, joint stability, muscle strength and tone, balance and proprioception. Patients who may not be able to perform a weight-bearing (standing) movement can lay down on the reformer and use the springs as resistance to achieve strength and mobility gains for the same muscle groups.