Types of Pilates
Involves performing pilates exercises on the floor using a mat. Exercises also involve basic pilates equipment such as a pilates ring, resistance band, or weighted balls. Mat pilates exercises are performed in a slow, controlled, precise manner and help to strengthen the body's core by developing pelvic and scapula stability, and abdominal control, using focused breathing patterns. The main goals of a mat pilates program include improved flexibility, muscle tone, body balance, spinal support, low back health, sports performance, and body-mind awareness.
The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, upside down and all kinds of variations. The reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment. All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance.