Spring Care & Maintenance
- Keep dry and away from chemicals, cleaning agents, etc.
- Handle as little as possible and with clean hands. Oil from skin effects metal
- DO NOT bend, twist or overstretch
- Pull springs from the ends (as shown)
- Swivel hooks, snap hooks and foot straps must always hang free and clear to avoid disengagement and injury.
- When in use, keep hair, clothing and skin away from spring. Avoid anything from becoming caught in coils.
- Discontinue use when a split, gap or bend occurs in the spring coil or any other observable or audible distortion.
- It is acceptable for the coils surrounding the swivel hook to open slightly–this is due to the way the spring is manufactured.
- Check springs, snap hooks and screw eyes for any signs of wear bimonthly. Replace as needed.
- Springs which are attached to equipment either in resting position or extended should clear all parts of the equipment.
- Under no circumstances should the springs bend around or scrape/rub/abrade the equipment.
- Any such situation will damage the springs and deem them unsafe for use.
Proper Use of Springs
- Original reformer had 4 springs only and all the same tension
- When using only 3 springs, use 2 outside and one center
- When using only 2 springs, 2 outside OR 2 center
- When using only 1 spring, 1 center
- 5 spring machine: use 2 to 4 Deborah Lessen Pilates springs instead of or in addition to your current springs.
- Placement must be balanced as above
- Push-Through bar from bottom and top
- Attach without snap hooks unless necessary to accommodate apparatus.
- The open side of swivel hook should face away from client.
Closed end of the Trapeze Table:
- Leg work
- Heavy arm work
- Rolldown Bar
- Open end of the Trapeze Table for Arms Off The Wall
Please Note: Springs should not be slack or under tension in resting position.