Mat work or reformer pilates, what’s the difference?
Reformer pilates offers the same physical benefits as our mat classes – development of core strength, flexibility, body awareness and control – but the cables and pulleys help you to move your arms and legs through a greater range of motion than on the mat. Which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while toning your muscles.
The reformer also offers resistance to movement in both directions of each movement – both on the effort (muscle tightening) and release (muscle lengthening) – giving a highly controlled, intensive and focused workout.
Although it was originally developed to help individuals build up the sufficient core strength to carry out the mat work sequences properly, it’s such an adaptable piece of equipment that it’s now used in lots of other ways. At our Cambridge clinic we use our reformer as part of our rehab programmes after injury or surgery, allowing our patients to begin exercising straight away in a pain-free way that helps to stimulate repair and build strength and flexibility without overloading healing structures.
Our Women’s Health team also regularly use our reformer for restoring stability around the pelvis, building strength in the pelvic floor muscles.
Reformer pilates is also particularly good for people with hypermobility issues to build control and support for their joints.