Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates in Guildford

Many people are familiar with the idea of Pilates but might not know what Reformer Pilates is. This type of Pilates involves a Reformer Pilates machine which was first invented in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates. This machine involves a series of ropes, pulleys and springs which allow the participant to benefit from excellent strengthening and toning opportunities in an incredibly safe way. 

As one of the few places in Guildford with Reformer Pilates machines, we are in a privileged position to help with offering this greater challenge to an advanced Pilates practice or the greater level of safety and support required when using Pilates for rehabilitation purposes. 

Our Reformer Pilates machines are in our central Guildford clinic and all Pilates sessions are run by one of our experienced instructors who has a degree in Osteopathy or Sports Massage. You will start with a 1-1 session to make sure that your individual strengths and weaknesses are known and that the classes offer you the right balance of support and challenge. Classes are then available 1-1 or 1-2 as appropriate.

Reformer Pilates machine

Reformer Pilates Machine

Who is Reformers Pilates for?

There are exercises for all levels of ability from complete beginners to advanced. It is an excellent form of safe rehabilitation from injury, surgery or as an exercise workout on it’s own. All of the Pilates equipment is extremely adaptable to suit all levels. If anyone has any doubts about their ability to do Pilates they should contact their GP. All patients are screened on their initial session to ensure Pilates is safe for them. Expert advice may be required from the consultant or GP.

Reformers are an excellent form of focussed, non-weight bearing, low impact exercise which is great for maintaining and improving good quality of movement, posture and strength which is ideal for everyone. It really helps to ease lots of muscular aches,  address imbalances and improve body awareness. Used by lots/most professional sports people to enhance their performance…

If you want to find out more about some of the benefits of Reformers Pilates and who it can help, this health website explains in more detail stating, “Reformer Pilates is great for athletes, pregnancy, rehab, strength, cardio, flexibility – I could go on!” 

Benefits of Reformers Pilates

Whilst Reformer Pilates first became well known due to its use by models such as Elle Macpherson, the true benefits are in the strength, flexibility and balance that it brings. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • strength — particularly around the core, pelvis, glutes and thighs
  • flexibility
  • balance
  • focus & coordination
  • posture
  • body alignment
  • lower blood pressure
  • improved cardiovascular health

Reformer Pilates is particularly well suited for people with lower back pain as it focuses on stabilising the muscles around the spine.

What our patients say...

Gemma is brilliant! Very knowledgeable, advises on strengthening exercises and really feel much better after my appointment. See her regularly for a historic neck/shoulder problem and would definitely recommend her.


Having just started to try and get fit - this resulted in some injuries to calves, to hip-flexes, and not insignificant discomfort. Gemma was excellent in identifying the issues, and treating the problems. A friendly, personal touch combined with excellent treatment.


Reformer Pilates prices

The first session includes an initial consultation and is made up of 15 minutes consultation with 30 minutes workout; this is a 1-1 session.

Subsequent sessions in 1 hour blocks of 1-1, 1-2 or 1-3 people per class. Prices vary accordingly, please contact us for more details.

Sessions can be paid for in blocks of 5 or 10 or pay as you go.

Usual 24 hour cancellation policy applies.

Register your in interest in Pilates sessions

We’re not able to take bookings for classes yet but if you’d like to know as soon as we can, please let us know your contact details and we’ll add you to our list.