What is a Reformer?

The Reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. On the other end there are shoulder pads and it also has long straps with handles which can be pulled with legs or arms. Body weight and the resistance of the springs are what make the reformer pilates exercises more or less challenging.

Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates is a program of resistance exercises that allow you to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core stability, strength and flexibility using a piece of equipment called a reformer. Unlike the Pilates mat classes and other reformer studio classes which are run in larger groups – our reformer pilates sessions are based on a 1 to 1 basis and small groups of up to 3 people.  This bespoke approach allows us to ensure your program is specifically tailored to your individual requirements and ensure you work at a suitable level taking into account any injuries or pain.

Our Reformer Pilates Programs are individually tailored and are suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced and are also suitable as part of a rehabilitation program.   

Our Pilates max reformer exercise programs are led by our Pilates teacher Andrea Lucas who is a highly experienced Chartered physiotherapist and Fully certified Reformer Pilates Instructor.  She has completed an extensive amount of training in Pilates and the Pilates reformer.

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Why do Reformer Pilates?

  • To complement your regular fitness program

  • To complement your Physiotherapy treatment

  • Goal specific exercise – to prepare for an event or challenge, or to work on a specific technique or muscle group

  • Early or late stage exercise rehabilitation

  • Strengthening work pre and/or post surgery

  • Prehabilitation – to avoid or prevent recurrence of an injury.

  • Managing a chronic injury or issue

  • Returning to exercise after a long break

  • Pre and/or Postnatal exercise (particularly if you’ve had pain or complications like split tummy muscles)

  • Or because you’ve been given some home exercises to do by your Physiotherapist and you’d prefer a more focused and supportive environment to do them in.

Results + Benefits

To get the most out of your reformer pilates lessons and to see the completion of your goals we suggest you attend these sessions regularly over a period of 5-10 weeks.  Ideally Pilates exercises whether on a reformer session, a Pilates class or a home program should be continued over a longer term to ensure maximum benefit. 

The results and benefits will depend on your reasons for attending, but you should expect them to include:

  • A highly specific exercise selection, enabling you to reach your goals faster.

  • A more individual programme and personal approach than is possible in a standard class

  • Chance to use specialist / new equipment.

  • A great way to complement and enhance the benefits of your existing classes and training.

  • A continually varied workout.

Getting Started

Ideally before you commence a course of reformer sessions you should attend for an individual assessment - this will allow a more individual and goal-aligned program to be provided for you.

If you are attending there are two ways this can be done:

  1. An Initial Assessment with an introduction to the reformer

  2. A referral from your Personal Trainer or Physiotherapist, which will detail your needs and your goals and enable you to join the class straight away.

What will a reformer session be like?

It’s a very personal and bespoke session and each person’s programme may be different depending on individual requirements.  With a maximum of 3 people you can expect significantly more one-on-one attention and hands-on correction.The class is underpinned by Pilates-based thinking and approach – a focus on precision, specific muscle activation, and core control. It will incorporate the Pilates reformer along with other small equipment such as the Pilates Ball, spikey balls, Pilates ring/ circle and weighted balls. 


Your Physio may also use specific manual techniques (such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue release and taping) to enhance

your programme.

Studio Times

Reformer Studio Prices

Reformer sessions can be booked outside class times for 1-3 people

45 minutes £45

Other times may be available on request

Class Prices : £20 per class booked as a course (50 minutes)

I have recently started Reformer Pilates with Andrea and highly recommend her classes.


1 The Square, Hillsborough, Lisburn BT26 6AG

07719 176265

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