Pilates Mat Series – Christchurch

Abbey Parsons

19 & 20 May 2018: Mat 1

23 & 24 June 2018: Mat 2

8am – 5pm

$2,260 (Early Bird $2,145 if paid by 31 March ’18) REGISTER

Discover the building blocks of movement throughout the full repertoire of Pilates mat exercises as executed in their pure form. Learn the techniques that focus on group dynamics for mat exercises while evaluating and applying Polestar principles.

The Pilates Mat course is a 2 x two-day program with labs for performing and teaching. This course is ideal for personal trainers and group exercise instructors, instructors of movement arts such as dance, yoga, and Tai Chi, practitioners of somatic movement such as Feldenkrais® and Alexander® Techniques.

The Pilates mat course enables fitness professionals to incorporate Polestar Pilates exercises into their training. Learn how to design programs and exercise sequences for group and one-on-one training. Theory and practice of Polestar principles and instruction techniques are applied to each exercise. Verbal, tactile and combined cueing practices are addressed to facilitate motor learning.


  • Certified fitness instructor or instructor of movement arts (e.g. yoga, Tai Chi, practitioners of somatic movement)
  • Participation in 25 hours of group or private Pilates classes
  • Completion of Polestar Principles Online – in your own time prior to M-1 (see below)
  • Strongly recommended: One semester of basic anatomy/physiology or equivalent


The Polestar Pilates Mat Series consists of 2 two day courses and need to be taken in the following order: Polestar Principles Online, M-1, M-2


PO – Principles Online – in your own time


The first part of the course to be completed for all Polestar Series is Principles Online (PO). This non-apparatus course applies current research in movement science, biomechanics, kinesiology and motor learning to instructional practice through six basic movement principles that are utilised throughout the Polestar curriculum.

The PO course also introduces Polestar Pilates Screening, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing, to prepare participants to properly design and implement Pilates exercises for patients and clients. This unique component significantly enhances decision making skills as a Pilates practitioner.

The online course is divided into the following 8 segments, can be taken in multiple sittings and can be watched several times for optimal learning:

  • Introduction
  • Principle 1: Breathing
  • Principle 2: Axial Elongation & Core Control
  • Principle 3: Spine Articulation
  • Principle 4: Organization of the Head, Neck, and Shoulders
  • Principle 5: Alignment & Weight Bearing of the Extremities
  • Principle 6: Movement Integration
  • Principles: Additional Resources 

Short quizzes are offered throughout to identify the most important concepts and to help students organise their thoughts and study time.

PO Learning Outcomes

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Deepen your knowledge in current evidence-based research pertaining to movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics and communication
  • Understand the Polestar Principles of Movement
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly execute and teach over 130 exercises and their variations
  • Be able to use the ICF Model or the Polestar Screening, specifically designed for the movement professional, which includes postural evaluation and functional testing to determine your clients’ strengths, weaknesses and goals 

Please note that for those participants undertaking more than one Polestar Series course, it is only required to complete PO ONE time. So if for example, you want to complete the Polestar Comprehensive Series after you have completed the Mat Series, you do not have to redo PO.

Once payment has been received, access will be provided to the online resources.

Course Dates














Mat Series

By 18 May ’18

19 & 20 May

23 & 24 Jun




Workshop Educator

Abbey Parsons Polestar Pilates Educator in Christchurch
Abbey Parsons

Abbey’s love for movement has been a common theme in her life since a young age. Studying ballet and modern dance as a youngster lead to a placement at the New Zealand School of Dance.

Due to a foot injury Abbey spent hour upon hour in the Pilates studio before deciding to give fulltime dancing away and become a nurse. After studying her Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, she took up a new graduate placement in Melbourne and returned to Pilates training for fitness. She completed a short Body Control based teacher training program and taught at central Melbourne studio for 6 months.

Some time travelling after that, gave new perspective and confirmed Abbey’s earlier dreams if becoming a Pilates Teacher. In 2007 while teaching full-time at a Christchurch Studio she completed the Polestar Studio Course and qualified in March 2008.

Abbey opened Movementor Pilates in Christchurch in 2008 and has been Mentoring and Educating for Polestar NZ since 2009 and has travelled to Brazil and Australia for International Polestar Conferences. Abbey most enjoys breaking movement puzzles down and putting them back together as well as finding new ways to bring awareness to people’s movement for them to move more and move better.

Registration Policies

 Please ensure to familiarise yourself with our Registration Policies (incl. Cancellations and Transfers) on this page before you register.