The Pilates chair is what Joseph Pilates called his mini gym. The padded seat is your mat and there is a sprung pedal on one side to put your hands or feet depending on the exercise. The springs are adjustable, enabling you to tailor the tension to suit you. Don’t be deceived by its apparent simplicity. The chair is one of the most advanced pieces of apparatus in the studio.
The Pilates barrel is a little more forgiving than the other apparatus. Padded for comfort, it is used to find deeper connections to your back and core in a more supportive way as well as giving your body an incredible stretch and release.
Although it can also be a powerful tool for injury rehab, the chair is a demanding piece of apparatus that’s used to help elevate Pilates performance from basic and intermediate exercises to advanced techniques. The chair is particularly suited for those wishing to develop upper body and leg strength.
Used face up, face down, on your side and even in a seated position as though on horseback (great for pelvic floors), the barrel challenges your body, improving spine strength, flexibility and mobility.
Chair & Barrel sessions are perfect if you already have a strong base knowledge of Pilates principles and are looking to push your strength and flexibility to their limits!
These sessions may not be suitable for you if you are new to Pilates or carrying a significant injury.