Pilates Footwork on the Reformer – A Few Reasons Why
by Kelsey, Director of Instruction | Maiden Lane Studios
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,