What is the difference between the mat and the different equipment?
Mat is done using your own body weight and small props (like bands, balls, etc)
Reformer is done on a moving carriage with ropes, springs and pulleys.
Cadillac is done on a stable surface, with springs and bars.
Chair is done using a square seat with pedals that are attached to springs.
Reformer / Cadillac Trapeze Combined Machines
The Reformer / Cadillac trapeze combined machines in our studio are very adaptable to all bodies, and offer a huge range of exercises from the Pilates repertoire.
Bridge Exercise Demonstration
Here is a video of the same exercise, the bridge, on the mat, the reformer, the Cadillac and the chair.
"After suffering from intermittent backache for several years and finding that I was getting increasingly stiff in the mornings I decided to try Pilates. I was amazed at how quickly I felt the benefits. Those benefits are continuing and Diane has motivated me to keep up the exercises at home between lessons. My flexibility has really improved and with Diane's support and encouragement my backache is much improved. Diane obviously knows her stuff and also makes the lessons very enjoyable. I really wish I had started Pilates years ago."
"Diane has been my pilates teacher for over 2 years. I go to her classes two times a week. The difference pilates has made to my stability and suppleness is enormous and I intend to go to her classes as long as she holds them. Diane is a born teacher, she is gentle and caring and always good humoured and approachable."
"I have suffered with lower back pain for at least five years and took up Pilates on the advice of a physiotherapist as the condition was getting worse. I am so glad I did as after 8 classes I feel stronger and my back feels better than it has felt in years."
"I began Pilates with Diane after suffering with chronic tension headaches and neck and shoulder pain for many years. Through Pilates I have learnt to become aware of my posture and where I am holding tension. I am now able to do things which previously in other exercise classes I was never able to do pain-free. After a class I feel amazing; fully stretched, energised and tension free! Diane makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and always provides individual attention and alternatives throughout each class."
"Diane gave me a great introduction to Pilates, and I made progress really quickly. She helped me to feel relaxed and to enjoy the lessons, and I found I could do things that I hadn't realised I would be capable of."