Pilates is a method of exercise that utilizes the body as a means of its own resistance. It was named after Joseph Pilates who created the form of exercise to rehabilitate those with injuries. The purpose of Pilates is numerous. For instance, it is said to help connect the mind with the body while helping the body to gain in flexibility and strength while establishing overall balance in the body.
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Pilates strengthens muscles, improves range of motion and improves a person’s overall health. Props may be used while on the mat. These props include a ring, balls, weights or bands that help to add to resistance or assist in various moves. Like yoga, Pilates emphasizes particular breathing patterns as well. The reformer uses eccentric muscle contraction as a means of increasing strength through lengthening the muscle; however, it does not cause people to bulk up as other forms of exercise may.
Pilates is excellent at strengthening the body’s core and buttocks, which makes the exercises wonderful for treating and caring for back pain. This also makes Pilates excellent for preventing back pain and problems down the road
Pilates can be done on a mat; however, Pilates reformer involves the use of equipment. This equipment utilizes straps, pulleys, bars and springs, which can perform over 500 exercises. The reformer is beneficial to those who may not be able to perform the mat exercises due to its modifications that can be used. It also offers more resistance than if the exercises are done on a mat. Although the reformer can offer more resistance, the modifications are useful for those who do not have great core strength to perform the mat exercises.
One great feature of a reformer is that it can be used in virtually any position. For people with mobility issues, the reformer enables them to perform exercises on their muscle groups by being in one position if they cannot be in another to exercise the same muscle group. Exercises can be done while sitting, lying down, standing, pushing the foot bar, on shoulder blocks, upside down, sideways and with additional equipment. This helps a person with mobility issues and those who are rehabilitating to gain or regain strength on a particular muscle group by performing an exercise while lying down if they are not able to stand up. This is why a reformer may offer greater resistance; however, not all exercises can be performed on the mat.
Although the reformer was designed to rehabilitate patients with injuries, the reformer offers many other benefits. For instance, it improves posture, helps with mobility, increases range of motion, helps movement to be more graceful and fluid, helps to increase bone density, helps with arthritis and overall helps to decrease pain. Like Pilates done on the mat, the reformer uses the body’s weight as resistance. The more resistance a person experiences on a reformer, the more strength-training the person will experience. The reformer is an excellent piece of exercise equipment that can be used by anyone at any physical fitness level or with any physical limitation.