IMG_0115.jpgAbbey Parsons


Abbey is the Director of Movementor Pilates. Originally from a dance background, Abbey went on to train as a nurse after injury ended her dancing career. She did some initial Pilates instructor training in Melbourne and then graduated from the Polestar Pilates International Comprehensive Course in 2007. Abbey is also a mentor and Educator for Polestar Pilates in NZ in both Mat and Comprehensive. Abbey's passion is teaching and helping people learn new ways to move and think, in order to make their lives more comfortable, active and enjoyable. Abbey can be contacted at

Melanie__web_sRGB_small.jpgMelanie Orr

Melanie has been teaching Pilates since 2004. She first qualified in London, UK with Body Control Pilates and went on to run her own Pilates business for 8 years in Chelmsford, Essex. Melanie returned home to Christchurch in late 2012. Since joining Movementor Pilates, Melanie has completed further training and graduated from teh Polestar Pilates International Comprehensive Course. Melanie enjoys the challenge of helping clients benefit from Pilates and also continuing her own professional development as a teacher. Melanie believes it’s a privilege to work with all of her clients and wants them to gain as much as they can from Pilates.

Catherine Flemmer

Cath and her family have recently relocated to New Zealand from South Africa.  Cath completed her Cecchetti Ballet Teaching Diploma 11 years ago.  Her passion for movement and the human body inspired her pilates journey during which, she completed her BASI Comprehensive Teacher course including Mat and professional equipment.  She started and successfully ran a pilates studio for 8 years in Johannesburg before selling up to move to NZ. 

Jane_.jpgJane Hardcastle

Jane is passionate about teaching, learning, health, wellness and personal development through mindful movement & self inquiry. She has worked in health care and education for almost 30 years & uses this background to weave adult learning, applied physiology and personal growth into all aspects of movement education. “Moving mindfully in everything we do encourages easeful breath...easeful movement & impeccable awareness – making anything possible” Self practice & ongoing study in pilates, yoga & developmental movement therapies such as Hanna Somatics and Franklin method inspire Jane’s inquisitive movement beyond ‘the mat’ into day-to-day functional movement – even in the garden!”.

Kim Wilkinson

Hi, I’m Kim.  I’m so happy and honoured to be a part of the Movementor Pilates Family.I  have a very varied background – Musician, Music Teacher, a Mum of 2, being extremely unhealthy and overweight, to losing 33 kilos and gaining qualifications and experience in Personal Training and Group Exercise Instructing.  I graduated from teh Polestar Pilates Mat course in 2018.  My love for Pilates began after a serious Back injury forced me to ‘slow down’.  This injury made me become more aware of myself and my body and the way that I move.  I love how Pilates helps me, along with my Yoga practice, to focus, settle, and balance my every day working life now in Administration, along with my teaching and my continuing study.  I am a caring, nurturing person who loves encouraging and supporting all to focus on and nurture themselves through mindful movement, and I love seeing the smiles on faces after a fun-filled session.  In my spare time I love going for walks, reading, catching up with friends, and spending time at our holiday home in Hanmer Springs.

Julia_W_bio_pic.jpgJulia Wilkinson

Julia passionate about learning and teaching all things health an wellness and is especially interested in women's health. With a background in Structural Engineering Julia has a drive to piece together how things work the way they do and why. Julia completed her first Pilates training here in Christchurch with Abbey in 2013 and graduated from teh Poletar Pilates Mat course in 2014. She has gone on to study other complementary modalities including yoga, group fitness, slings myofascial movement concepts, and trauma informed tools.

Charlotte Witheford

Charlotte and her family returned to Christchurch in 2017 after some years living in Cambridge, England,  Charlotte originally trained as a Landscape Architect but completed Polestar Pilates Comprehensive course in England and is currently working towards her examination.