Since opening in October 2004, Pulse Pilates has grown to be a highly respected provider of Pilates and Rehabilitation.

Pulse Pilates are specialists in:

-          Private Studio Sessions

-          Injury Rehabilitation

-          Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

-          Peak Performance

-          Pre/Post Natal Care

-          Knee/Hip Replacement Rehabilitation


STOTT PILATES™ is a contemporary, anatomically-based approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the lat Joseph Pilates. Co-founded by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists/physiotherapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES™ method of exercise and equipment.

STOTT PILATES™ incorporates modern exercise principals, and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. STOTT PILATES™ exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. Emphasis is placed on pelvic and scapular stabilisation, and integrations of all the parts of the body into one. This technique is able to be modified for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life.

And with good reason. Such methods not only yield remarkable results - like pain-free posture and longer, leaner muscles - and they actually feel good to do.


Sarah Burrows

With a life-long interest in dance, Sarah originally trained as a professional classical dancer. After an injury ruled out a career in ballet, she turned to Pilates for rehabilitation. The effectiveness of the sessions inspired her to pursue a career in Pilates.

Upon completion of her Diploma in Dance Performance, Sarah travelled overseas to train in the STOTT PILATES™ method. Upon her return, Sarah opened Pulse Pilates in 2004. 

Sarah is a fully certified STOTT PILATES™ instructor.

"I enjoy helping people to re-discover their ability to move their bodies freely, without pain and stiffness. I have seen so many clients empowered by Pilates - reducing pain and giving them back their freedom. It is a very rewarding career."

Her areas of speciality include the rehabilitation of back pain, recovery from hip and knee injury/surgery, diaphragm and pelvic floor function, and pre/post-natal Pilates.

Sarah has a special interest in Pilates for Dancers.

Melissa James

Mel has been working at Pulse Pilates since 2010. Before teaching Pilates, she had an extensive dancing career in both New Zealand and abroad. She gained an Advanced Diploma in Dance Performance from the New Zealand School of Dance and then worked with the New Zealand Ballet Company and the Eric Languet and Dancers Company. Mel then attended the London Contemporary Dance School and later danced with The Latin Dance Company Sydney, and Dance Encore Productions Company in Japan.

Mel was introduced to Pilates whilst rehabilitating from a dance injury. She went on to complete a one year Pilates Rehabilitation Apprenticeship with Balance Physiotherapy and Pilates in Sydney. Following completion of her apprenticeship, Mel also completed the American POLESTAR Pilates International Accreditation in Mat and Studio work.

After moving back to New Zealand, and teaching in Wellington, Mel developed and taught the Bodyright Pilates Instructor Training Course for Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. In 2010, Mel moved with her family to Christchurch and joined the Pulse Pilates team.

During her 15 years of teaching Rehabilitation and Fitness-based Pilates to athletes, dancers and people with all kinds of injuries, Mel still loves the challenges and rewards that teaching Pilates offers.

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“Pilates has...given me more flexibility”

"I was introduced to Pilates through a golf colleague who impressed me with her fitness and passion for Pilates. Pilates has helped my golf with exercises that have given me more flexibility. After a round of golf a Pilates session reduces my muscle stress and general tiredness. Sarah is a very caring and tolerant instructor who has provided pleasant and relaxing surroundings and well-maintained equipment.”

Sally - Retired Pharmacist