I am a fully qualified classical mat Pilates instructor, with STOTT Pilates training to advanced level for Mat and Reformer equipment, with training in Cadillac (in progress) Chair and Barrel. In addition, I am trained in Total Barre and have studied Sports Nutrition. I am a REPS registered personal trainer. Ensuring that I am fully qualified and up to date with the latest techniques is important to me so that I can offer you the best and most up to date Pilates experience possible, starting you on your path to Mindful Movement.
No matter whether I am working with you individually or as part of a class, I ensure that the exercises suit your body and your personal requirements, so that you progress on a positive, safe and enjoyable journey to improved fitness and flexibility. I can also tailor make a specific Pilates routine to suit specific health or sports issues and objectives.
My journey to becoming a Pilates instructor started during my career as an international flight attendant with Air New Zealand, after being very active in a range of sports at school, following a long flight I needed a way to re-energize my body and mind. Gym classes and Pilates offered this energy, and I quickly realised I wanted to not only learn more about Pilates but also share my passion by teaching others.
REPS Registered Personal Trainer (www.reps.org.nz) | STOTT Pilates – Advanced Mat and Reformer | Cadillac (in progress) | Chair and Barrel trained | Classical Advanced Mat – Specialist | Total Barre – Instructor
Aqua Flow Instructor
I am a trained School Teacher, a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness instructor with experience in many different types of classes.
I began leading group fitness circuit classes for Seniors 15 year ago and I currently teach BodyPump and RPM at the EA Fitness Centre in Ashburton. I also have several Ladies and a Men’s group that I run around Methven as well.
I have also enjoyed being an instructor for several years at the Mountain Gym here in Methven.
I love helping people work towards creating a better, healthier version of themselves through exercise and seeing their improvement, enjoyment and success.
I am looking forward to taking Aqua based classes and being part of Flow Pool and Studio.
Certificate in Fitness – Personal Trainer : Exercise Consultant L3 + Group Fitness Instruction L3 | REPS registered Group Fitness Instructor | PgDip in Secondary Teaching | BSc – Physical Education & Geography
Yoga and Dance Instructor
Hey Yogis! My name is Jessica Dray, a lover of movement and connection.
My love for yoga began when I was playing a high level of competitive Football and fell in love with connecting movement and breath along with the mindfulness to remain calm and collected.
I then went on to travel and experience Yoga and spiritual practice in many different places around the world from volunteering at different Yoga retreat centres to practicing yoga on the beach in Brazil, I was in love and had found something that made my heart sing.
I then went on to gain my ERYT – 250 hours of yoga teacher training through Aura Wellness centre. To accompany teaching yoga and nourish my love for dance I became a certified Chakradance instructor and became heavily involved in the dance therapy world teaching children and adults.
My main intention as a Yoga teacher is to offer a safe, sacred space for people to be able to go within and connect with themselves. I connect most with teaching slow flow yoga and yin yoga. I love being able to bring a traditional, authentic approach to each practice and cater all classes to the students I have. Yoga to me is about creating harmony within the mind and body, moving towards becoming our own best friend again.
I look forward to practicing with you all and being a part of becoming the best version of yourself.
It is so exciting to now be offering my dietitian clinics from the amazing, innovative, and continually growing Flow and Pool Studio!
From a young age, I have always loved being active. If I wasn’t out riding my horses I would be running around the rural roads or taking my road bike for a spin. It wasn’t until my teenage years when I started to get more competitive with long-distance running, road cycling, and duathlons, that I realised how essential good nutrition was to my performance. I ran my first half marathon by the age of 16. This being said, I have over 10 years of experience knowing what it’s like to be in your shoes, from mental wellbeing right through to the physical demands of training and competing. This kind of experience is something that cannot be taught. Of course, fitting this in around work, life, and family can sometimes seem like an impossible task, but this is where I can help in an honest, empathetic, and realistic way. Training and nutrition are only one aspect of the puzzle, but optimising nutrition is one of the most fundamental aspects to overall health and sports performance.
Improving one’s lifestyle, nutritional health, or athletic performance requires behavioural change and commitment. This is often one of the biggest barriers. A unique aspect of the service I offer is that you will receive continued support, education, and motivation, which is the key to successful outcomes and long-term behavioural change. I put a strong focus on each individuals health and performance goals and understand there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition. As the expression goes, to eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
Yoga has been a part of my life for the last 13 years, following a horse riding accident that physically had been ‘fixed’ by every therapy I could go to. It was Yoga that showed me the connection of the emotional body affecting the physical body, and when I allowed myself to feel, I began to heal.
I have danced for over 17 years, and trained as a dance teacher before commencing my degree in Sports strength & conditioning, Rehabilitation & Massage, before undertaking my 200 hours RYT.
Teaching people how to connect all their layers of the self through breath and mindful movement has been my passion for the last 6 years, alongside welcoming and raising 3 small people of my own into the world.
For me, practising Yoga is all about leaving my mat with a little more peace than when I stepped onto it.
Rob is an experienced post graduate physiotherapist who works at Rakaia Physiotherapy and lives locally near Methven. Graduating in 2006, Rob has experience ranging from sports team physiotherapy, post operative rehabilitation to acupuncture & workplace ergonomic advice. Rob has a proven and well-established skill set that is totally adaptable to your individual situation. Rob is a very practical physiotherapist and always holds his work to a high standard.
Rob looks forward to meeting you to assess you from head to toe. There is always something that can be improved on whether it being flexibility, strength, or stability. Due to the nature of our busy lives and predominately sitting more than ever, our body tends to lose its ability to maintain good posture or have adequate strength and stability with tasks such as walking or running. This is where a through physiotherapy assessment can help pick out these subtle changes and correct them before they potentially lead to more chronic issues. You may have some pre-existing injuries that you want to be looked at again for some advice, or you may just have a niggly joint or muscle that you just cannot seem to get rid of. Either way, after your assessment, Rob will provide you with comprehensive advice and give you the tools to help remedy those issues.
B Phty (2006) PGCertHealSc (2019)
DR. LAURA PFEIFER
DR. LAURA PFEIFER
Laura believes that wellness starts at home, and health is established for and by the community. She trained at the University of Otago, graduating in 2015 in the top 10% of her class. She then completed a Diploma of Women’s Health in 2018 while working as a House surgeon at the Christchurch Public Hospital. She is presently working full time as a General Practitioner, alongside studying Lifestyle Medicine.
Lifestyle Medicine is the therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat and prevent lifestyle related diseases in a clinical setting. It empowers individuals with the knowledge and life skills to make effective behaviour changes that address the underlying causes of disease.
MBChB, Dip OGYN, Cert. Lifestyle Med
Jarrod is looking forward to sharing stories, challenges and the various benefits that training and competing in multi-sport events has to offer. For those involved in Flows 5 Weeks to Wellness Program that are intrigued at entering, or further developing their knowledge and understanding of the world of multi-sport, this is a great starting point for you.
Shortly after arriving in the Foothills, Jarrod was introduced to multi-sport by former colleague Glen Currie (current Coast to Coast race director). He is currently training for ‘The Longest Day’ in February 2022 and has competed in the previous 3 Coast to Coast races (including a podium finish in 2 day tandem section with close friend, Stephen Blackwell in 2021). Having experienced first-hand the amazing journey that multi-sport can take you on, Jarrod is now looking to share his passion with more aspiring athletes across various multi-sport events.
B Physical Education and GD Teaching and Learning (PE).
Owner & Facilitator
Melanie is founder and facilitator at Flow Pool and Studio. She was born and bred on a farm in rural, coastal South Australia leading to her passion of being in, on or near the water, and finding solace when in a state of flow. Theoretically, Melanie has a Bachelor of Education – PE/Health/Outdoor Ed, Master of Education – Special Ed, Austwim Teacher Certification, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork Teaching Certification and Kids Yoga Teaching Certification.
Practically, Melanie has 25 years’ experience of working within a range of educational and private settings and feels fortunate to be able to combine her love of educating people of all ages and abilities whilst assisting in enhancing their wellbeing….something we all need access to in this increasingly hectic, disconnected western lifestyle. Melanie will guide you through yoga, hydrotherapy and pool sessions, and facilitate your 5-week program.
B.Ed (PE/Health/Outdoor Education) M.Ed (Special Education)