The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
The Pilates Reformer is an excellent machine for a beginner, and especially if that person has any physical limitations. It is often used as a physiotherapy tool to help strengthen a person or to help them improve their range of motion. Many of the exercises done on the Reformer can be done laying down.
At Synergy Pilates we always do a 1/2 hour of Pilates Reformer exercises combined with a 1/2 hour of other Pilates exercises. Depending on the client’s needs, the second half hour can be either Pilates mat exercises, or Pilates Ball exercises or Pilates Spine Corrector or Chair exercises.
After many years of teaching Pilates I always found the best results for all clients is to mix up the classes. Every piece of Pilates equipment offers different benefits. Clients remain more interested when new exercises and aspects of Pilates are introduced on a regular basis. When a person is interested they are more engaged in what they are doing.
There are many approaches to teaching Pilates. Even within one studio, different teachers can have very different ways of teaching, so know your teacher, watch a class or try a class before enrolling. It is also a good idea to try the Pilates Reformer before you enroll.
by: Julie Akin
Head Pilates Instructor at Synergy Pilates in Ocean Park / South Surrey