When you choose our business for Pilates Reformer sessions to achieve your fitness and/or wellness goals, you will find our practice unique in that we provide the comfort of ensuring that a Doctor of Physical Therapy will be accessible to you when needed. By having a Doctor of Physical Therapy conveniently at hand, we are capable of making sure that you get your questions answered, are free from injuries and can better assist you in avoiding future injuries. This is appealing to many who may be apprehensive about doing harm to their bodies at a more typical Pilates studio, or for those who have had difficulty tolerating Pilates on their own.
After a course of physical therapy, many continue on with us in private Pilates Reformer sessions or semi-private Pilates Reformer sessions–it is a luxury having the ability to continue to modify and progress exercises as needed. Many of our clients have orthopedic conditions that require exercise adjustments, and we are best suited to make those adjustments if they are needed. We provide the upmost advantage of allowing for your Doctor of Physical Therapy to not only help you accomplish your physical therapy goals but, to also motivate you to meet your fitness and wellness goals as well. It is without a doubt comforting to know that your Doctor of Physical Therapy is accessible even after your physical therapy program is complete.
Our Pilates Reformer sessions are taught by certified, highly trained and skilled Pilates practitioners. Our practitioners focus on the quality of your movement and delineate areas of decreased muscular control and mobility in need of the Pilates work.
Here, at Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, our certified Pilates practitioners use the reformer to meet your fitness and wellness goals. Call today to set up your private or semi-private Pilates session.
Tammy Campbell, Pilates Reformer Instructor
Tammy has always had a passion for dance and movement and earned a BA from Stockton University in Dance. During her studies at Stockton she was introduced to Pilates by her dance professor. Tammy continued her Pilates education after college and in 2003 became certified in Pilates Equipment by the Physicalmind Institute. Since then she has taught Pilates Mat and Apparatus at Dance Studios, corporate gyms and from her home. She believes that Pilates exercises are beneficial to every body and strength comes from the inside out. Tammy’s teaching style involves tailoring the workout to the student’s personal needs and leaving them with a smile on their face with a sense of strength and ease. Tammy is married with two daughters and teaches dance at a local dance school in Yardville. She is very excited to be a part of Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition.
What Is a Pilates Reformer?
The Pilates Reformer, invented by founder Joseph Pilates, consists of a carriage, which rolls forward and backward on wheels within a bed-like frame. Springs are used to attach the carriage to the end of the reformer and provide varying levels of resistance, as the practitioner controls the movement of the carriage in the reformer.
Shoulder blocks are located on the carriage and are meant to provide stability to the practitioner so they do not slide off of the reformer, while performing pushing and/or pulling movements. The practitioner’s shoulders are usually kept firmly against the blocks; however, depending on the exercise, one’s feet or hands can come in contact with the blocks.
A footbar, an adjustable bar, is located at the end of the reformer near the springs. As the practitioner moves the rolling carriage with either their hands or feet or by means of long handled straps attached to the top of the frame, they must continually engage their muscles. All of these parts of the reformer are modifiable depending on the practitioner’s skill level and body type.
How Is a Reformer Used?
What makes the reformer so appealing and attractive from a wellness and fitness perspective, is the fact that it is such a versatile piece of equipment. The reformer allows for the practitioner to perform exercises in a variety of positions. For example, the practitioner can perform exercises while sitting, standing, kneeling, lying on their back, side, or stomach, perched on the footbar or shoulder blocks, and even upside down! The possibilities are endless, making using the reformer as a means of exercise more approachable and less intimidating for all.
With that being stated, this revolutionary yet, simple piece of equipment allows for practitioners to train multiple areas of the body and target specific dynamics such as balance, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, strength, and muscle length. Resistance is provided by the use of color-coded springs; many exercises are performed by means of pulling, pushing, or keeping the carriage stable as it is pulled by the springs. Ranging from the most basic to the most challenging and advanced, exercises of varying degrees of difficulty can be performed using the reformer.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?
Providing all the celebrated advantages of Pilates such as increases in balance, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, strength, and muscular length, reformer exercises can affect the entire body. These improvements in the components of physical fitness can directly transfer to improvements in function; for example, improvements can be seen regarding posture, efficiency of movement, and even pain accompanying bodily imbalances such as back pain. By focusing on the Pilates powerhouse muscles – the muscles of the core – toned thighs, sculpted abdominals, lifted buttock, and strong backs all become attainable.
While providing a unique exercising environment that promotes the development and maintenance of lean flexible muscles, the reformer exercises also stimulate gains in strength. These gains in strength are not only seen at the level of the muscle, yet they are visible at the level of the bone. Due to the varying degrees of resistance provided by color-coded springs, body weight, and the carriage itself, practitioners are capable of performing a wide variety of movements. Common movements include pulling or pushing the carriage or the attached straps using the arms or legs.
By combining the effects of an unstable moving carriage and springs set at varying degrees of resistance, the reformer challenges one’s stability, further promoting increases in balance and strength at the core. The core is used to control both the body and the unstable carriage; having less of one’s body on the carriage is just one of the ways to increase the difficulty of an exercise. The core may also have to work harder when the resistance springs are on a lighter setting because they again must contract to control the movement. By improving core strength, practitioners can further see improvements in other areas such as posture, balance, and overall health.