What is the difference between MAT & REFORMER?

Pilates attracts everyone from grandmas to executives with its promise of core strength, flexibility, and lean muscle tone. Many newcomers wonder if they should be rolling out a mat to do their Pilates, or strapping into a Reformer – the equipment developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates.
Working against resistance is essential to the 500 classical Pilates exercises, which are designed to train the body’s ’powerhouse’ – the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks. But you can accomplish that in Pilates using either a mat, where your own body weight creates resistance, or a Reformer, where pulleys and springs create resistance.
How Pilates on a #Mat works
Pilates Mat work is often done in classes, which are much easier to find than Reformer sessions. The good news is that in Respirit you can of course find both…
Many Pilates experts recommend Mat classes as the best bet for beginners. It is always very important that new clients acquire a foundation on the mat before launching into apparatus work. Average students typically add Reformer work after three months of once-a-week mat classes. Mat work is a great option for beginners because of its emphasis on learning how to control the muscles during exercises.

While doing Pilates on a Mat instead of a Reformer may not seem as fun or challenging, many students see results – improved strength, posture, agility and flexibility, as well as toned muscles – within a few months from once-a-week Pilates mat sessions.

How Pilates on a #Reformer works
To some, Reformer equipment might resemble a torture apparatus, looking like a single bed frame but with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs to regulate tension and resistance. Cables, bars, straps, and pulleys allow exercises to be done from a variety of positions, even standing. The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes.

The Reformer is a carriage that moves forward and backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance. It also has a variety of other attachments for different movements and exercises. On the Mat you are supporting your body’s weight while doing each piece, which can be great for getting to know your own body, but it can also inhibit the range of motion you are able to achieve.
With the Reformer, your body’s weight is supported by the carriage allowing you to either simplify the movements or challenging yourself even more once you gain more strength and flexibility. Since your weight is supported by the carriage, it can take a lot of pressure off of troublesome joints during the exercises which gives you more opportunities to improve your Pilates practice.
This amazing machine is wonderful for correcting muscular imbalances, joints and giving your body a challenging workout. And you look so elegant and graceful while doing so Don’t let the appearance of the machine steer you away from giving it a shot!
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Dear All,

I hope you are all doing safe and sound, living through this experience with curiosity and enjoying all the good things it is bringing to us all.  

I would like to thank you for all your lovely messages and checking-in: they helped me feel valuable and connected,  and know I am not alone in these challenging times. I have been through a strong emotional rollercoaster the past last weeks; from meeting my fears and demons and embracing my sorrow, to laughing an immense lot and finding moments of deep inner peace. We are all in this together. 

But the time has finally come that I am making this decision happily from my heart; as of next week Respirit Pilates is going online and we will guide your Pilates practice on the mat, streaming live. 
I am grateful for my teachers that they can spare some time within their up-side-down daily schedule with family around, and also for Lena who will also be back to reinforce us in this experiment. 
Here you are the practicalities:

  • For the moment we will offer open level classes. We will guide you to the average level of those present in the class and give you some modifications as much as it is possible under the circumstances. 
  • You will need a calm corner with fresh air and a mat for yourself. Please prepare some accessories; a chair with back rest, a towel and anything serving as weights in your hand (bottle of water, pack of rice, etc. 0.5-1kg), so that we can enjoy some fun variations every now and then.
  • You can stream the classes on any device through the free Zoom application; download it and check the audio function beforehand. 
  • As of tomorrow you can register into the classes via Mindbody at latest 60 minutes before the class and we will send you a link to the live stream 15 minutes before the start. 
    We will need minimum 4 people into each class; below that number we retain the right to cancel.
  • Please make sure your email address is updated within your profile in Mindbody and that you allow the system to send you auto-emails. If you do not get the link, please check your junk folder, too. 
  • You can either use your existing mat cards or purchase any of our new online pricing options: 10 sessions for 100€ or a drop-in for 15€.

This will be a new experience for many of us; learning new technologies, new ways of teaching and secrets of our bodies, as well as letting others closer to us as we peak into each other`s private life a bit.  Let`s face it together with grace and compassion. I cannot wait to seeing your happy faces again. 
I truly appreciate all your continuing support through this challenging time. Let`s have faith that we will get out stronger on the other side, both individually and as a our loved Respirit community together. 

I wish you good health; feel safe and stay strong.