Welcome to Northwest Pilates & Yoga – Specialist in Pilates Reformer Classes & Nordic Walking Clubs

Northwest Pilates & Yoga Centre uses the time honoured principles established by Joseph Pilates and the ancient art of Yoga in a contemporary and progressive approach for the twentieth century.

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These disciplines combine to provide increased core strength and flexibility along with re-education of the body's musculature, fascia, and movement patterns; allowing your body to achieve its natural alignment and support. Pilates & Yoga enables people to detect and correct imbalances that relate to stress, nutrition, learning problems, minor injuries and other issues they meet in their daily life.

The energy pathways within the body not only relate to the muscles but to every tissue and organ that make the body a living, feeling being. These pathways can be evaluated by testing the function of the muscles, which in turn reflect the body’s overall state of structural, chemical, and emotional wellbeing. The Kinesiology of Pilates & Yoga brings a person closer to achieving any goal of their choice in sport, relationships, learning or coping with life generally.

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V2 Max Plus™ Reformer – STOTT PILATES Reformer Classes

There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more famous than the Pilates reformer (classes). And for good reason. The  Pilates reformer (classes)  makes a dramatic impression when you first see one, and an even more dramatic change in the body when you use it.  Pilates Reformer Classes are lined up in Pilates studios all over the world.  Pilates Reformer classes are usually one of the main choices at Pilates studios. And portable reformers continue to grow as a home exercise equipment trend. So what makes the reformer so special?

First, let's get an idea of what a reformer is and how it works, then we'll look at the benefits a reformer might have for your body.

What are Pilates Reformer classes?

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.

All kinds of exercises are done on the Pilates  reformer classes to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer classes exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage, or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs. The images above show examples of the ways reformers are used. There are many, many reformer exercises, including those for first-time beginners to exercises that challenge the most.

What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Classes?

The  Pilates Reformer Classes offers all the famous benefits of Pilates including overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. When we talk about strength building and Pilates the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.

Our Pilates Reformer classes are large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length we want to create in the body. And it trains the body to sustain that length. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones. And there is a special feature: eccentric muscle contractions. This is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. Our Pilates Reformer classes are set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.

The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance. For example, having less of the body on the carriage is one of the ways Pilates exercises get harder. It means more body weight has to be supported by the practitioner, and the body and machine have to be controlled even more from the core. Paradoxically, when the springs are on a lighter setting some exercises are more challenging for the core because it has to work harder to control and stabilize the movement. The stronger core, the better the balance, posture, and overall well-being.

Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness. It's no wonder the full name of the reformer is the Universal Reformer.

Do you want to:

  • Build core stregnth and stability
  • Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Massaging of all Organs of the Body
  • Complete Detoxification
  • Improve posture and alignment
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve muscular balance and strength
  • Increase endurance and muscular tone
  • Prevent injury
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Relieve stress and back pain
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Heighten body awareness

Find out more about Northwest Pilates and Yoga.

Nordic Walking Clubs

Nordic walking is an exciting new outdoor walking technique using specially designed walking poles.

It is one of the fastest growing recreational fitness sports in the world.

Come and try it. Book a Nordic Walking club training  session with us where you can learn the first four stages which will get you safely and comfortably walking with the poles. Nordic walking club sessions last two hours and the price of £7 per person includes hire of the Gabel Nordic Walking poles.

For the general exerciser, Nordic Walking burns on average 20% more calories than normal walking at the same speed, plus most people find it makes walking more comfortable*

More calories burnt, for less effort

* Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 73 (3), 296-300. September 2002

Published on May 24th, 2015