Pilates Reformer Sessions 

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The Reformer 

re·form [riˈfôrm] verb:

1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects.

2. To put into a better form or condition.

The majority of people have never heard of Pilates, and if they have,  they believe Pilates to be a relatively new exercise fad reserved for celebrities and most recently brought to gyms in the form of group matwork and group reformer sessions. My experience with Pilates goes way back to 1975, age 11,  when I was given Pilates instruction as a part of my Classical Ballet education, we had reformers in the studio, along with a Cadillac (another Pilates invention), so it has been in my life for a very, very long time.  The only exercise I've really known and loved.  People don't realize Pilates, was in fact created in the 1920s by the physical trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) for the purpose of rehabilitation. Some of the first people treated by Pilates were soldiers returning from war and dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine.  Joseph Pilates recognized that the constant resistance provided by the springs makes for improved proprioceptive feedback, and keeps the body alert and working in all portions of movement. This ultimately allows the Reformer to become a teacher in its own merit, because it teaches the desired movement quality we look for in a Pilates practice: full-bodied effort, length and lift, and opposition. It even teaches willpower and endurance.  One important hallmark of the Pilates Reformer is that it does not allow the user to favor one side or the other.  Your body is forced to perform equally, and therein lies the magic of Pilates.   Balance across both sides of the body.  The brain's participation in the exercise becomes immediately apparent, the second the mind caves in, the body begins to flail.  On the Reformer, the springs and the carriage will quickly remind you – with a bang, if necessary – that they are constantly engaged if you lose your focus during an exercise.  

Totally Organize Me Body is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in individuals with brain and spinal cord diseases such as mine, shown in the pictures above. We want to help patients obtain life-saving and life-sustaining therapies they could not otherwise afford.   Whether you are an experienced and physically fit individual, have a weight loss goal and need to exercise, or have specialized needs, such as a brain and spinal cord disease, knee injuries, ankle injuries and sports injuries, this is the right place for you to learn the benefits of the Pilates Reformer. 

As a seasoned Pilates teacher my clients fully benefit from the amazing properties of this apparatus, because I understand its engineering and how the dimensions of the Reformer relate to human movement.  After all I have been on a Reformer since I was 11 years old, over 40 years.  But most importantly, I am able to moderate the neural dialogue the body enters with the apparatus; from the second the toes touch the foot bar – until the universally reformed body steps off.