The Difference Between Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates

Pilates was originally designed to be performed on specialised machines or apparatus (reformer machines) and later developed a series of exercises to be performed on a mat to allow students to practice at home.

Similar benefits are gained by both Pilates sessions and reformer sessions, with both working against resistance with the aim of building core strength of the abdomen, lower back, hips and buttocks.

Mat Pilates Vs Reformer Pilates

In Mat Pilates, body weight and equipment including hand weights, ecercise balls, foam rollers and physio bands create resistance. Pilates using a reformer creates resistance using pulleys and springs. The resistance that the springs and pulleys creates can make reformer classes more challenging than some mat classes, and may produce more visible muscle tone and definition sooner than Mat classes. However Advanced Mat Pilates is considered by some to be harder than reformer pilates as you use your body all the time without any assistance or support from the reformer machines.

Suitable for Injury Rehabilitation

Both Mat and Reformer Pilates are beneficial in increasing joint and muscle flexibility and range of movement and can be incorporated into injury rehabilitation programmes.

Mat Pilates for Beginners

Mat Pilates is generally advised for beginners to Pilates, providing a good foundation from which to progress from. Reformer Pilates provides and increase in challenge for the body and is better suited to more advance students of pilates.

At London Osteo we can help you with both private or small class Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates classes in Islington.

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