Reformer Pilates

Mat Pilates

Pilates: Matwork Vs. Reformer


The Pilates method works to develop muscle tone and improve alignment throughout your body. Pilates movements can transform the way your body feels and moves, correct weaknesses, make you more resistant to injury, and enhance core strength and posture.

 

Mat Pilates is a full body workout preformed on the floor on a mat. This class is suitable for all levels as it challenges the individual to work within their own body. Based on the key principles of traditional Pilates exercises – Alignment, Breathing and Centering.

 

Reformer Pilates is a combination of traditional Pilate exercises with the strengthening and toning aspects of circuit training. Our classes are performed on a spring resistance apparatus called a Reformer Bed rather then on the floor.

 

Please note:  Mat Pilates is included in yoga/pilates class packages. Reformer Pilates is not included in the class packages and can be purchased separately.

Reformer Pilates Sessions 4:1


Reformer Pilates is a combination of traditional Pilates exercises with the strengthening and toning aspects of circuit training. Our classes have a maximum of 4 participants and are performed on a spring resistance apparatus called a Reformer Bed.

 

Our Reformer group sessions are designed to provide an effective General Workout. Our instructors will lead the group through a program of exercises, with modifications for differing abilities. The program includes Abdominal exercises, Legs and Arms in straps, Chest exercises, Rowing and Seated exercises. Reformer Pilates aims to target the whole body through continuous, precise, controlled movements. These functional exercises engage the core, while delivering
cardiovascular conditioning. Classes are booked for 60 minute sessions.

 

If you have chronic back pain, are coming back from an injury or are pregnant or post natal, a one-on-one session would be best to assess your situation.

Reformer Pilates
Reformer Pilates

Private One-on-One Pilates Sessions


Private sessions are particularly valuable when you are just beginning Pilates or if you are looking for an individual program. In particular those looking to rehabilitate or recover from an injury and Pregnant and Post Natal women benefit from these One on One sessions.

 

In a 1:1 Pilates session, your instructor will guide you through a series of exercises selected to meet your wellness and training goals. Workouts combine both Matwork and Reformer Pilates and can be booked for 30 or 60 minute sessions.

 

Before beginning at our Studio we recommend booking a One on One Private Session, to properly assess you and understand your needs and devote the time necessary to teach the fundamental Pilates principles in depth.

Commonly Asked Questions:

I have never done Pilates before. Should I do a group class or a private session first?


This depends on the individual. Reformer classes are treated as General Workouts. Sessions are programs with broken down exercises so all individuals get the most out of their workout.
If you have chronic back pain, are coming back from an injury or are pregnant, a one-on-one session would be best to assess your situation.
We do however reserve the right for instructors to restrict clients to a particular class type for safety reasons if necessary.

What is Reformer Pilates and how is it different from mat-based Pilates?


Reformer Pilates is a combination of traditional Pilates with the strengthening and toning aspects of circuit training. Our classes are performed on a spring resistance apparatus called a Reformer Bed rather then on the floor.
Mat Pilates is a full body workout preformed on the floor on a mat. This class is suitable for all levels as it challenges the individual to work within their own body. Based on the key principles of traditional Pilates exercises – Alignment, Breathing and Centering.

What do I need to know for my first class?


If this is your first class please arrive 10 minutes earlier so you’ll have time to familiarise yourself with the studio, fill out a registration form and meet your instructor. We recommend you come dressed with appropriate clothing.

What do I wear to class?


Appropriate clothing is essential as it is a workout. We recommend gym tights, leggings or shorts and either a t-shirt or singlet top. Clients can train in socks or bare feet. We recommend you come dressed and prepared for your class.

Do I need to be fit to attend a Reformer Pilates class?


No, everyone comes with different fitness levels and abilities. With small group classes our instructor can modify exercises to accommodate each individual’s ability, while at the same time allowing the client to work at their own pace.

How many people to a class?


With a maximum of 4 clients per reformer class, our small group classes allows our Trainers to focus on each individual to achieve maximum benefit.

How often should I attend Pilates classes?


This is up to the individual. How often you train will depend on your fitness level, how your body adapts to the training and how well your body can recover. It also depends on your fitness goals and what you do outside. We recommend starting with one – two classes weekly and this can be a combination of Yoga, Pilates Reformer or Mat work.

Are there any special requirements during Pregnancy/Post Natal?


If you are new to Chiroease Wellness and pilates, we ask that you not start our group classes until after your pregnancy. For current participants, you can attend classes until you are 15 weeks along. After this you can no longer attend group classes due to restrictions.

 

With One on One Private sessions with each session you must inform your Trainer what week you are up to, and it is the right of the instructor to restrict clients for safety reasons if necessary.

 

For Post Natal participants we recommend receiving the all clear at your GP 6 week check-up, to ensure everything is healing well and there is no Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation) issues. A Private one-on-one session would be best to assess your situation.

 

All Pregnant clients must read and complete the Pregnancy and Post Natal Information Sheet and Authorisation to Exercise form.

Can I still do Pilates if I have an injury?


It will depend on your injury and your recovery. You may need a medical certificate from your GP before you can attend, or start with a private class to assess if classes will be appropriate in the future. It’s best to speak to one of our instructors before participating in a class to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk of further damage. We do reserve the right for instructors to restrict clients for safety reasons if necessary.