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How My Love Affair with Pilates and the Reformer Began

It’s the season of love, or so the media and marketing campaigns from card companies and chocolate makers would have us believe. Isn’t it always the season for love? At the studio, we are feeling the love for the Reformer.
 
Reformer was my first true Pilates love and I didn’t even know it was called the Reformer. When I was in the Pilates studio as a young dancer aged 19, it was called the Plie machine. We did a lot more than lie there and bend and stretch, but nonetheless, that was the name given to it at the time.
 
I have photos of me on the Reformer looking very young and serious, and little did I know at that time what a huge love affair I would have with the Reformer. After many years teaching mat classes, I found myself using any prop I could get my hands on to recreate the feedback and sensation that you get from the Reformer because I could see what was missing and so needed by my clients.
 
I took the plunge, and I went on to train to teach Reformer with Michael King, and thanks to a little help from my mum, I was able to buy my first Reformer and tower and set up my first home studio almost two decades ago.
 
After introducing clients to the Reformer, they felt what I had been trying to recreate for them in mat classes, and before long, more and more people wanted what the Reformer could offer them beyond the mat. That instant feedback, the support, and being transported into your body in indescribable ways. I loved the training I’d had with Michael and still had questions and felt there was more to learn, so I embarked on another training over in Toronto, Canada, at the STOTT Centre, where a very young Arran (now 19) accompanied me and we got to spend a memorable Halloween with his cousins near Toronto.
 
I felt physically and mentally stronger than I ever had in my life after that time in Toronto, yet I still had so many questions unanswered, so after much deliberation and some sound advice, I contacted Polestar Pilates and brought their training to Leeds.
 
This was where it all came together, and my love affair with the Reformer extended to the rest of the apparatus, and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
The Reformer will always be my first true Pilates love and the place that feels like home, which helps me find myself again when life throws challenges my way. It soothes my soul and restores my mind body connection, not to mention how much it keeps my body held together after three children, abdominal surgery, and numerous injuries.
 
What’s your Reformer love story? We’d love to hear it!
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