Mat Pilates is the foundation of Pilates. Commonly known as “core-focused ” exercise, Pilates Matwork is, in actuality a whole body system. While many of the mat exercises do emphasize core training, every exercise requires focus and concentration that recruits all of the muscles of the body.
The Matwork is a great way to build strength and balance and can be modified for everybody at any stage in life. Mat Pilates is low impact, making it easier on the joints while challenging enough to strengthen and support them. The beauty of the Matwork is that it can be done anywhere and anytime.
The Reformer is a piece of equipment within the Pilates family that is known for gaining faster results. The Reformer is resistance training provided by the springs and pulleys within the equipment. The Reformer's unique design provides the dual benefits of strengthening and lengthening at the same time along with challenging and supporting the body. Many of the Mat exercises are performed on the Reformer with nuances to challenge the mind and body, however, they are both challenging in their own right; one isn't better than the other. The Reformer, elevated from the floor and with its non-weight bearing repertoire, is an intelligent and efficient form of exercise that aids in body alignment, enhances balance, and improves endurance.