2) The reformer provides immediate feedback to the client in a partial weight bearing position to allow for postural corrections and healthy movement patterns to develop. Clients experience changes in their movement patterns in a stable environment, without trying to fight their habits in full weight bearing against gravity.
3) The stable and secure environment of the reformer combined with the skills of an experienced and knowledgeable therapist makes it safe for people with chronic conditions including injuries and illnesses to participate. Pilates promotes and supports functional movement such as walking, standing, and balance.
4) There is a natural progression from rehabilitation to strengthening and conditioning. Using the reformer bridges the gap between passive movement and resistive movement, which is often a missing element in traditional rehab programs. Pilates helps you progress through a continuum of gravity eliminated movement and movement against gravity.
5) The positive psychological benefits are frequently overlooked and not addressed in the clinical setting. They include (but are not limited to) increased self confidence, increased body awareness and improved self image. Pilates helps people get “out of their heads and into their bodies” by truly embracing the mind-body connection. There is also something incredibly comforting about the rhythm of the reformer and the ability to move against light resistance for someone who has been injured or deconditioned.