Pilates Footwork on the Reformer – A Few Reasons Why
by Kelsey, Maiden Lane Studios
Pilates footwork on the reformer.
Footwork is typically one of the first Pilates movements that is taught on the reformer. To many, it may seem like a simple leg press. Here are a few reasons why this movement series is extremely important, not only for your Pilates practice, but also in optimizing the alignment and strength of your entire body.
  • Corrects leg, foot and ankle alignment.
  • Strengthens the muscles in your hips, legs, ankles and feet.
  • Supports correct postural alignment in a lying position.
  • Helps trains the hips and pelvis to disassociate from the leg bones, which helps to create more stability and balance in the body.
  • There are over 200,000 nerve endings at the bottom of your feet. Footwork at the beginning of a session activates these nerves and warms up your feet and ankles, helping ensure that you have a more effective workout.
  • Footwork in a lying position lessens the amount of extreme impact on the knee and ankle joints, which helps prevent injury while simultaneously creating more strength.
  • Single leg variations can aid in correcting asymmetries between the right and left side of the body.
I look forward to seeing you in the studio,
Kelsey