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

Reformer 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

Trapeze Table

  • 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.

Leg Springs
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.