Pilates Reformer Retreat Guide

Pilates Reformer Retreat

You’ve probably heard of Pilates, but have you ever heard of the Reformer? Today we are going to explore the different layers to Pilates and how classical equipment like the Reformer helps to enhance your Pilates practice. We will then talk you through what to expect from our luxury Pilates break in this Pilates Reformer Retreat guide.

What is a Pilates Reformer?

The Reformer is a traditional piece of equipment that dates back to the time when Pilates first originated in the 1920s  and is still a popular piece of equipment used today. The best way to describe how a Reformer looks if you haven't seen one before is a bed-like structure with springs, a sliding carriage, ropes and pulleys. Upon first glance, the reformer can seem intimidating but there's no need to be put off because after a few sessions guided by an expert teacher you will realise the versatility and effectiveness of this interesting piece of equipment.

What is the purpose of a Pilates Reformer Retreat?

The purpose of using the Reformer as part of your Pilates work is to focus on proper muscle engagement and core strength. The reformer helps to do this because the springs provide additional resistance. However, for a lighter level of resistance you can use less springs. The great part about this is that it makes the reformer an incredibly versatile piece of apparatus. 

Most Pilates and fitness retreats do not offer Reformer classes which could be due to the size, weight and cost of the equipment. At Reformer Retreats we recognise the incredible benefits of this piece of equipment and wanted to make it a focal part of our weekend. 

The purpose of our Pilates Reformer retreat is to enable attendees to get the most out of their stay with us. Therefore not only do we offer group mat classes and reformer classes, you can also book on to 1-1 reformer sessions with one of our expert classical Pilates teachers.

What are the benefits of Reformer Pilates?

In our previous articles we have covered a number of the fantastic benefits of Pilates. More specifically we wanted to explore the benefits of Reformer Pilates which are as follows:

  • Better posture
  • Better balance 
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved focus and coordination
  • Reduced stress and improves mental wellbeing
  • Improved strength and muscle tone

Is a Pilates Reformer Retreat suitable for beginners?

Another great element of Pilates and the reformer is that every class can be adapted to the level of the attendees. The Reformer adds an additional layer to Pilates which will challenge your body with extra resistance. Regardless of whether you are a beginner, intermediate or Pilates pro, the Reformer remains challenging for all. 

We always recommend familiarising yourself with the Reformer before getting onto it. Furthermore it is important to have a fully comprehensive teacher to hand to assist you with operating the equipment, this ensures you are completing the movements properly and safely. 

Pilates Reformer Retreat

Now you know all about the Reformer, we wanted to share with you what you can expect from our Pilates Reformer Retreat weekend.  Indulge yourself in a luxury weekend escape from your day to day life. The retreat is designed to challenge, inspire, recharge and relax with a variety of activities available to enhance your experience. Here are just a few activities included in the Pilates Reformer Retreat itinerary for our upcoming event:

  • 2 group reformer workouts
  • 2/3 classical Pilates mat classes
  • 1:1 reformer session
  • Meditation/relaxation
  • Wellness talks
  • Massage/facial or other treatment
  • 2/3 night Luxury boutique hotel stay
  • All meals included and a welcome cocktail on the Friday night

To find out more about our next Reformer Retreat in January and book your space head over to our Pilates retreats page.