Reformer Pilates and Matwork Pilates

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Matwork pilates or reformer plates? In our article, you will find more detailed information on the differences between matwork pilates with self-weight and reformer pilates.

Unlike reformer pilates exercises, matwork pilates is a type of exercise performed with the body’s own weight.

Pilates is a movement system that combines the right breathing and balance to preserve the integrity of the mind and body. It is made by Joseph Pilates at the beginning of the 20th century with the aim of improving the overall health of the body.

The actual purpose of pilates was rehabilitation. Pilates exercises are done in a controlled manner and are suitable for all ages and activity levels. This exercise system strengthens the core area of our body, i.e. the center of the body, and helps us to stand firm against the mental and physical stresses we encounter in daily life.

Joseph Pilates, who gave his name to the exercise system, describes the system as follows: “After 10 sessions you will feel good, after 20 sessions you will look better, and after 30 sessions you will have a whole new look.

Matwork Pilates

Matwork pilates is a set of exercises on mats and in groups. The aim of both types of pilates is the same: to support the development of the body, to maintain body control, a body with a straight posture and a healthy life …

Matwork Pilates is a version of the Reformer Pilates, which its movements adapted to the mat. The point that separates the two pilates is the mechanisms that the platform we use when working in the reformer technique. However, the same muscle groups are exercised in both pilates and the trainings are based on the basic principles of pilates: breath, concentration, centering, control, precision, and fluency.

Reformer Pilates

Shoulder supports, foot bars and springs on the reformer pilates aim to provide more secure control. In reformer pilates, the mechanisms support the body and keep the posture at the best possible level. Thus, maximum benefit is obtained from the exercises.

There are three different types of mechanisms in reformer pilates. These are reformers, cadillac, and trapeze. It is aimed to ensure the integrity of the body and mind in a short time by applying resistance and force with the springs on this mechanism.

Making exercises with a trainer is safer and more controlled. If the body is not strong enough yet and body control is at the beginning level, it is possible to prevent disability. For this reason, this type of pilates is preferred more than matwork pilates. It is more controlled and safe for people with such disabilities or disorders, especially if there are pain and disability in various parts of the body, such as hernia, calcification of the knees. Of course, with the help of a trainer…

In any case, especially if you just start pilates and if you have any disability on your shoulders, waist or legs, it is better to start pilates with an experienced trainer. And regardless of matwork or reformer, you should continue pilates with the knowledge and experience you have gained here.

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