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. She is currently studying towards her Pilates Method Alliance exam.  Abbey can be contacted at abbey@movementorpilates.co.nz.

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. 



Julia Wilkinson (nee Toner)

Julia has developed her own style of teaching drawing from her training and study in Pilates. Yoga, Myofascial techniques and has a special interest in Ante Natal movement and care. She is mumma to two beautiful boys who keep her and husband Tom busy when she is not sharing her knowledge and passion for movement with her clients.  Julia is a Polestar PIlates Mat Graduate, she has 200 hr Ashtanga Yoge Teacher training certificate, has studied Hansa Therapeutic Yoga and Myofascial release with Beth Beauchamp, and is a Continence NZ Pelvic Floor Safe Fitness Instructor.

Nicola Lewis

Nicki came to Pilates some years ago after a back injury and she has never looked back.  Nicki has recently completed her Polestar Pilates Mat Teacher Training and will sit her exam in 2020.  Nicki has worked in the fields of landscape architechture and also is a talented seamstress and pattern maker for a local NZ company. She enjoys staying active and is a keen cyclist and loves group exercise.


All of our instructors hold international certifications or are working towards them and we readily encourage ongoing education and professional development. This means we have undertaken intensive training which develops not only the knowledge of the repertoire but an in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, teaching techniques such as the use of imagery and tactile cueing.  These certification courses require both observation and supervised practise and comprehensive theory and practical exams must be passed.

Qualified Pilates Teachers needed!

We are Christchurch's busiest Pilates specific studio offering privates, studio classes and mat classes. Everyday we are having new enquiries and we have potential to open more availability in the studio. We need you if you are training towards or a graduate of a recognised Pilates training institution and want to work in our friendly team with our clients of all types!  Please contact Abbey Parsons at abbey@movementorpilates.co.nz or on 021 646 154 to talk more about how we can work together.