Joseph Pilates designed the studio equipment to help his clients achieve his mat work regime. The equipment was built to both assist clients, and to add additional resistance to challenge the client further…… By working in a closed chain it aids a client to identify and address muscle imbalances and poor biomechanics. It also increases the individual’s sense of proprioception to help them find what they are looking for. Each piece of Pilates apparatus has specific advantages and features that are unique, and designed to suit the task at hand. As with any job you would only use the correct tools to achieve your objective.
You can either have a private, semi-private or group class. Sessions typically incorporate both mat and machine-based weights. Pilates exercises encourage flow and independence.
The Studio consists of 5 pieces of equipment:
The Reformer – undoubtedly the most recognizable and popular piece of equipment;
The Cadillac – probably best described as looking like a hospital bed with straps and springs attached to it;
Wunda Chair – the most difficult piece of equipment to master in my mind. It highlights weakness and imbalances like no other piece of apparatus, and you could use it in your lounge as an extra chair!
Ladder Barrel – offers fantastic opportunity for safe and effective back extension. Although like the other pieces of equipment they have endless potential to work the body in every range of motion.
The Spine Corrector – Strengthens the abdominal, back and shoulder muscles to keep your spine supple and young.