Pilates Reformer classes are fun and usually the most popular. The springs on the equipment provide support and resistance that allow you to feel and develop your core connection in a way that is difficult to do on the Mat alone. The equipment allows you to shape, tone, lengthen and align with assitance. Pilates exercise is actually a movement SYSTEM that includes work on many apparatus and other small equipment including the reformer, mat, cadillac/tower, chairs & barrels, magic circles, stability balls and gravity! The Reformer was actually 3rd in line for Joseph Pilates. He created the Mat exercises first and called it Contrology. After WWI in order to restore movement to wounded soldiers he invented the Cadillac, and then to strengthen the soldiers and challenge the ballerinas at the New York Ballet on a moving surface, he invented the Reformer. We call our Reformer classes “equipment classes” because the class could include any combination of mat work, and equipment including reformer, cadillac/tower, chairs and barrels. Used as a “movement system”, the mat helps you progress on the reformer and the reformer exercises can help you progress on the mat. The other equipment is used to address weaknesses, imbalance, or other issues limiting your progress, creating awareness and enabling you to progress in all areas. Using a variety of equipment is also fun and challenges the body in similar yet different ways.