Archive for October, 2017

How Reformer Pilates Can Help With Back Pain

At least 80% of people will suffer at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime. Reformer Pilates is a fantastic way to re balance the body and reduce back pain. In this article, our Reformer Pilates Instructor, Danny, explains how.


Restoring Flexibility

Reformer Pilates is more than just stretching. The springs and sliding carriage of the Reformer will guide you with exercises ranges of movement you don’t use (but should) in your normal day. This can help relieve the stiffness built up through your daily routine and ease back pain.


Activating and strengthening muscles

Where tight muscles affect posture and cause pain, there are also muscles in a weak or underactive position. Typically we see weak core (muscles of the stomach and around the spine) and Gluteals (buttocks). Strengthening these muscle groups will help keep your body in a better posture which will put less strain on your back. Reformer Pilates can be used to isolate these weak points and ensure they activate during exercises to help strengthen them quicker.


Improved Movement

Reformer Pilates will also help you move better. Poor posture can cause imbalances in your body which can lead to back pain. The Reformer’s sliding carriage and springs help you build good movement habits by gradually decreasing the amount of assistance and gradually increasing the resistance.


Low Impact

Reformer Pilates is low impact and a very controlled exercise. A lot of the exercises can be taught lying down or seated, giving you support and confidence to perform the exercise without putting your back at risk



Reformer Pilates is as relevant to athletes as it is to a retired gardener. As you progress and your back pain reduces, your exercises can progress too – making them more challenging and taking your strength, flexibility and fitness to new heights.


If you’re suffering from back pain, why not give Reformer Pilates a try. We run enjoyable, fun and dynamic classes at convenient times through the week at our studios in Devizes, Marlborough and Frome. Find out more >

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What are the benefits of Reformer Pilates?

At Hatt’s, we offer Reformer Pilates classes in all three of our clinics – Frome, Devizes and Marlborough.


Reformer Pilates is a Pilates class that’s done entirely on a piece of equipment called a Reformer, where you’ll work through an exercise programme to increase your core strength & flexibility, improve your posture and help you build resistance to injury.


Our Reformer Pilates Classes are suitable for people of all ages and abilities and you can benefit from:

  • Better posture
  • Improved overall conditioning
  • Ease of back pain & build resistance to injury
  • Feeling energised & refreshed


We are one of the very few places in Wiltshire and Somerset where you can do Reformer Pilates. All of our classes are always led by a fully trained Reformer Pilates instructor and being part of a small class of 6 means you’ll always get personal attention and guidance from your instructor.


All classes stay open over holiday periods, so you’ll be able to attend your class all year round as well as having a flexible booking option that allows you the freedom to move between classes and work around busy schedules.


Due to popular demand, we’ve recently added even more Reformer Pilates classes in Devizes, Marlborough and Frome have increased.


If you would like to know more about Reformer Pilates classes or would like to book onto a class, then feel free to give us a call on 01380 730473.


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How to look after your feet in winter

During the winter months, it is common for feet to become dry with hard skin and cracks. Often, the primary cause of this is dehydration of the skin. There are a few simple things that you can do to help keep your feet in top condition this winter:


Cream your feet once a day (all over except in between your toes) with a urea-based cream to help restore the moisture in your feet. This will help soften any hard skin making it easier to maintain smooth feeling feet.


Filing your feet 2-3 times a week, preferably when your feet are dry, will reduce the chance of any rough edges forming as well as any callus formation.


Keeping your feet warm and dry
During the winter months, it is important to keep your feet warm and dry where possible in order to help circulation to your feet; this will help with your foot health and reduces the risk of other common conditions such as chilblains forming.


Doing these few simple things will help keep your feet in good condition. However, if you would like more advice or feel you would benefit from professional help to maintain your feet during the winter, get in touch on 01380 730473 to book a Podiatry appointment or book online.

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