Pilates—How it Works

Reformer Work

This incorporates the Stott Pilates method of exercise on a specialized piece of equipment using springs and pulls. This implements muscles to be used concentric and eccentric all to lengthen and restore the natural curve of the spine.  This can also assist in the recovery of injuries in a very controlled and safe manner.


These exercises are usually done in a specific order at various levels of difficulty. The moves may look simple but take a lot of precision and control. You can do Pilates on a matt in class, at home, or individually with an instructor. Areas that Pilates targets are core areas and legs with focus on stabilizing and strengthening your abdominals and back. It generates flexibility and strength using your own body weight but it is not a cardio workout.


Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.