The Pilates Reformer and other equipment like the Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels were invented by Joseph Pilates to assist and support the client’s movement whilst advancing the stretching, strengthening and body alignment.
The Reformer is a bed like frame and actually started its early life as hospital beds with springs attached to them. Joseph Pilates came up with this idea to help bed bound patients exercise against resistance.
The flat bed platform rolls back and forth with spring resistance. The design of the Pilates Reformer and the exercises enable the teacher to view and notice the various parts of the body both stationary and also in motion; noting any imbalances or weaknesses that may need to be addressed.
Some weakness and imbalance may show up after a number of repetitions and as the body is tasked. Supervised exercises on the Pilates Reformer encourages more balanced movement and over time, corrects and strengthens the body.
Each exercise was designed with intention by Joseph Pilates. These exercises help teach the body to move as originally intended, whilst also ensuring the various parts work together as a whole unit.
The use of diaphragmatic breathing is important in carrying out the exercises. When using the Reformer the resistance of the springs will give a greater appreciation on how your breath contributes to movement and wellness.
Additional benefits are also to be had on the internal organs. Joseph Pilates referred to this as 'Internal Showers', cleansing and removing toxins with breathing. The expansion and contraction of your body wringing out the undesirable, increasing circulation and blood flow was how Joseph Pilates put it.
“Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs.”– Joseph Pilates
“To breathe correctly you must completely inhale and exhale, always trying very hard to 'squeeze' every atom of impure air from your lungs in much the same manner that you would wring every drop of water from a wet cloth.” - Joseph Pilates
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