223 Otumoetai Rd, Tauranga PH 07 576 3606
OPEN Monday-Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday 8am - 5pm


Jan Polson free mat class voucherThis Voucher entitles a NEW PILATES MEMBER to a Free Mat Class with Jan Polson. Don't forget to print the voucher and bring it along to the class.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a series of low impact exercises and movements to improve strength, flexibility and alignment. Pilates challenges your core muscle systems, especially the deep abdominal muscles allowing you to move more easily and gain better posture and balance.  

Pilates can be done on the floor (a mat class) or on specialised apparatus initially designed by Joseph Pilates, such as the reformer, trapeze, barrel and chair.

  • Pilates can be incorporated into your Physiotherapy rehabilitation
  • Assist you to regain strength and flexibility after recurring injuries
  • Improve your balance and prevent falls
  • Teach you to breathe, stand and feel better while integrating movements between your limbs and spine
  • Your body will feel energized, taller and stronger.

Pilates is neither a cardiovascular fitness regime nor a weight loss programme. However, it can enhance a sensible eating plan and fitness programme.

Mat Classes

Jan Polson has offered Clinical Mat Pilates to her patients for the last ten years, incorporating physiotherapy and general medical knowledge to the programme.

View the class timetable here. One hour classes are run during the day and in the evening. Classes are kept to small numbers so everyone benefits from the instructor’s supervision.

Mat classes are taught by registered Physiotherapists Jan Polson and Pilates instructor Nataalia Lunson. Jan has been trained by Back in Motion Physio in Dunedin and is continuing her training with Polestar Pilates (rehabilitation course). Nataalia has undergone training with Peak Pilates.

New Mat Class Members

Those new to Pilates or who have done Pilates elsewhere, are encouraged to join an “Introduction to Pilates Mat concept class” (see timetable) or book a one-on-one session to learn the basic exercise programme, breathing and movement co- ordination before you join a class. You can stay in this class until you feel comfortable with the Pilates routine or your Instructor suggests you can progress to another class level.

All the exercises can be modified to suit your level of fitness of flexibility or your injury.

Reformer Classes

The Clinic has 4 reformer machines and the one hour class involves a specific programme designed for you, using the specialised reformer machine and mat exercises combined.

Before joining you are required to have a one-on-one initial assessment which includes a posture analysis, discussion of your goals and introduction to the equipment. You may also need a further 2 private sessions to familiarize yourself with the exercises and the equipment.

What to bring?

Please bring 2 towels and wear comfortable clothing and socks. We ask that you do not wear perfume, moisturizer, jewellery and clothing with zips or buttons to your workout sessions on the equipment.

Bookings are essential

To make your initial booking, contact us. Please rebook with your Instructor or Receptionist after each class to keep your place. We encourage you to stay in the same class time and day of the week so your Instructor can monitor and progress your exercise programme. However, you are able to join other classes at any time after your initial sessions.

ACC and Pilates / Fees

If you are covered by ACC, your Physiotherapist will discuss with you whether Pilates exercises are appropriate for your condition and can be incorporated into your rehabilitation. ACC will not fund Mat or Equipment classes.

View Pilates Fees here.


We require at least 4 hours notice before your mat class so we can offer your space to someone else. If you don't arrive or give us the required notice you will have to pay for your session.

For Circuit classes, we require 24 hours notice otherwise cancellation fees of the full amount will apply.

If an emergency arises immediately before your class and you inform us, this will be taken into consideration by your Instructor.

History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a child he was plagued with asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever which drove him to overcome these ailments by practicing bodybuilding, gymnastics and boxing and studying Eastern and Western exercise philosophies. While working in England, WW1 broke out so he was interned to the Isle of Mann where he was able to teach his fitness regime to injured soldiers. He developed apparatus from old hospital beds, springs and pulleys making the original model of our present day Pilates equipment. Through his strict regime, Pilates was credited as assisting many war victims and others affected by the influenza epidemic back to normal health.

In his book “Return to Life Through Contrology” Joseph  Pilates writes “Physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure”

During his career, Pilates developed 600 exercises for the pieces of equipment he invented. His guiding philosophy was to achieve good health by incorporating mind, body and spirit which condition the whole body, correcting alignment and improving balance.  He designed each piece of equipment to simulate functional activities while challenging the muscle systems especially the deep abdominal muscles that form the central core of our body leading to increased efficiency, smoother movements and better function.

Since Joseph Pilates first taught his original repertoire of exercises, many of the original exercises have been adapted in response to recent research on the effect of core strength relating to back pain.

Qualified instructors
New equipment
Small class numbers
Warm environment