ORIGINS OF PILATES
The origins of the Pilates Reformer date back to the original Pilates studio in New York in the 1920’s and was designed by Joseph Pilates himself. Since then, an evolution of new techniques has evolved and these new routines have become the favoured exercise regime of many of the Hollywood stars. Beverly Hills Studios now brings these techniques to the Riviera.
Dynamic Reformer Pilates works the entire body including the peripheral muscles of the arms and legs. As such it is superior to mat based Pilates as the repertoire of exercises available is greatly increased, providing far more variety. The resistance exercises work muscles through a large range of motion which is ideal for building and toning muscles as well as increasing stability through the joints.
The benefits of this technique are many: builds and tones muscles for a more harmonious body, reinforces the core allowing better posture and a stronger back to help relieve chronic back pain, increased stability in the joints and helps strengthen pelvic muscles to facilitate childbirth and of course burns calories for weight loss.
THE REFORMER MACHINE
Some people could be scared of the Reformer when they first see it as it looks a little intimidating and almost medieval. Put any fears you may have aside because after just one or two workouts on a reformer and you realise that it is the most versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment ever made…plus it’s great fun!
All movements originate from the core.
From here we support our spine, and major organs strengthen back improve alignment and lower back.
Control essential to every movement. Not over
exertion, this can lead to injury. Exercises performed
with control produce the best results.
The mind-body connection is the very core of Pilates,
the key to connecting mind and body is concentration.
Slow, precise, careful work. Full body awareness.
Practice makes perfect. Proper form is essential to
ensure you gain the most benefit, every move has to be
clear and precise for success.
Controlling your breath with deep exhalations
activate your muscles and helps to keep focused
and to remove non-beneficial chemicals.
Dynamic fluid movement makes Pilates exercises
have a specific beginning and end. Seamless transition
between movements. Grace and control.