Mountian Range View from Flow + Pool

STOTT PILATES® & Total Barre Instructor Training

April 2019, Methven, South Island, New Zealand


Be Pilates New Zealand, as the New Zealand Licensed Training Centre for STOTT PILATES & Total Barre education, are delighted to offer globally recognized Instructor courses at the brand new state of the art hydro wellness clinic at Flow Pool & Studio in Methven, Canterbury, New Zealand.

The ultimate retreat venue, Flow offers world class facilities with breath taking views, whilst soaking up world class Pilates & Total Barre training.

Spoil yourself with hydro wellness in the mornings, followed by stimulating your mental/physical wellbeing during the afternoons… and walk away with internationally recognized training so you can enhance or start your own Pilates/Total Barre businesses.


FLOW Pool and Studio is located near Methven, the village for Mt Hutt Ski Area. Flow stands on 20 acres looking up at the majestic Southern Alps and vast Canterbury Plains.  The holistic wellness hub has been designed and created to promote wellbeing and balanced living, offering space for pilates, yoga, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, aquacise, flotation therapy, infrared sauna and spa pool.

This ideal location – close to the village of Methven at the foot of the Southern Alps is a wonderful retreat venue to recharge from the busy juggle of life whilst focusing on your health & wellbeing, whilst gaining the bonus of an internationally recognized training with STOTT PILATES/Total Barre.

Flow is located at the foot of the Mt Hutt ski resort, a lovely hour’s drive from Christchurch City at 131 Barkers Road, Methven, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Find out more about Flow 


Choose from 1 or all 3 training courses:


Intensive Matwork Course 

                Day 1/8: Tuesday 09 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm              
                Day 2/8: Wednesday 10 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 3/8: Thursday 11 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 4/8: Friday 12 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 5/8: Saturday 13 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 6/8: Monday 15 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 7/8: Tuesday 16 April 2019: 12.00pm-6.00pm
                Day 8/8: Wednesday 17 April 2019: 9.00am-2.30pm

STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork Course 

                Day 1/1: Thursday 18 April 2019: 9.00am-4.00pm

Total Barre Instructor Foundation Course 

                Day 1/1: Sunday 14 April 2019: 9.00am-5.00pm

Accommodation Options
Transport to Methven
Local Methven Info

https://www.skitime.co.nz/Receive special rates when you mention ‘FLOW RETREAT’ at the following accommodation options:

Brinkley Resort

Ski Time Accommodation

Many other accommodation options on offer include:

Experience Mid Canterbury


All you need to know about Methven: cafes, stores, restaurants, supermarkets, takeaways, vineyards: 

Eat & Drink

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“I came to the course from teaching Pilates as a part-timer but will leave this course with a lot more confidence in a way I want to train my future and existing clients.  Big thumbs up” (attended STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course, Auckland, February 2019)

“Sharon is beyond amazing.  I have already studied Mat Pilates but learnt so much more from Sharon than any other teacher so wanted to learn it again under her teaching of the STOTT PILATES method.  Cannot wait for Cadillac in June” (attended STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course, Auckland, February 2019)

“This 8 day course has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to attend upcoming courses too!  Thank you Sharon, you are so amazing” (attended STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course, Auckland, February 2019)

“Loved the experience.  Great size group and like minded people.  Content was challenging in advanced but well supported and explained and was achievable” (attended STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork Course, February 2019)

“Sharon is exceptionally professional & knowledgable.  She expertly shares the science behind the method.  Private training gave me the time and space to gain Sharon’s knowledge in detail and feel the movement confidently.  Sharon’s studio is a sanctuary.  Clean, inspiring and in a great environment” (attended a private STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course, NZ’s Merrithew Licensed Training Centre-Hawkes Bay, August 2018)

“It suited me perfectly doing ‘one-on-one’ teacher training.  Sharon’s space was awesome & she is an amazing teacher.  I’m pumped to start teaching!” (attended private TOTAL BARRE Instructor Foundation Course, NZ’s Merrithew Licensed Training Centre, August 2018)

 “If you are a current Pilates trainer and want to upskill and update, then Sharon is the Instructor to book in with.  Her technical knowledge and application is second to none and you will leave the courses feeling empowered in your teaching and your own body” (attended STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course, June 2018)

Read more testimonials from people who have attended these courses:

STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course

STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork Course 

Total Barre Instructor Foundation Course

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Matwork Course

$2800 NZD

STOTT PILATES® Advanced Matwork Course (Level 2)


Total Barre Instructor Training


Includes GST and course materials

Terms: 20% deposit is required at the time of registration to secure enrolement (non-refunadable). Balance due 4 weeks prior to course commencing.

The STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork Course is a promotional price with the STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course  

Continued Education Credits: STOTT PILATES 4.0 / REPS max credits

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Merrithew and how is STOTT PILATES and Total Barre connected?

Merrithew™ is the global leader in mind-body education and equipment, motivating people of all ages and life stages to lead healthier lives.  Merrithew are the pioneers who have created STOTT PILATES® which has been incorporated into Total Barre™ education.

Our signature STOTT PILATES education method is unparalleled in the industry for its thoroughness and quality. Our training has often been called the “Ivy League” of Pilates education. It’s a reputation that we are proud of and a philosophy and method you can build a career on.

We know that quality education goes a long way when trying to obtain new clients. Our curriculum, based on our tried and true philosophy that effective and responsible exercise is the foundation to a better lifestyle regardless of age of fitness level, is continually updated to ensure it complies with the latest modern exercise science and is relevant to fitness and health professionals, facility operators and clients.

 What is Pilates?

Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates, is a mind-body exercise system designed to optimize physical fitness in people at every level of physical ability. Pilates (1880–1967) was a German expatriate who first made his mark in England during WWI by developing a series of exercises and innovative equipment to help prisoners of war regain strength and mobility. When Joseph Pilates immigrated to New York, the local professional dance community discovered that his conditioning technique, called ‘Contrology’ helped prevent injury and improve strength while maintaining long, even muscle tone.

 Why is Pilates one of the fastest growing methods of exercise?

People are increasingly interested in fitness modalities that help relieve stress and are kinder and gentler to the body, as well as the prevention of injuries with exercise programs that can be continued even as they age. People want to stay fit and functional, and to continue to look good for as long as possible. Pilates is an excellent choice for individuals of all ages and fitness levels who have a variety of fitness goals. Pilates is complementary to many traditional fitness routines and the mind-body connection can be useful in preventing stress related illnesses like heart disease.

What is the STOTT PILATES method?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent three decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science, fascial fitness and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and most effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and Certification programs. STOTT PILATES is used by rehab, post-rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.

STOTT PILATES exercises help both men and women of all ages develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints. The perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, athletic training or rehabilitation, STOTT PILATES can help you tone your body, feel revitalized and move with ease.

 What are the benefits of STOTT PILATES?

Builds core strength and stability
Improves posture and alignment
Increases flexibility, balance and coordination
Improves muscular balance and strength
Increases muscular endurance and tone
Prevents injury and heightens body awareness
Enhances athletic performance
Relieves stress and back pain

What is the difference between STOTT PILATES and other Pilates techniques?

STOTT PILATES incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking on spinal rehabilitation, fascial integration, muscle conditioning and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. There is a strong emphasis on scapular stabilization, lumbo-pelvic placement and postural alignment, and optimal muscle activation. The repertoire of Matwork and equipment-based exercises contains a full range of preparations and modifications that caters to many different body types and abilities. The STOTT PILATES method focuses on functional fitness, making it applicable to everyday life.

Why does Pilates receive so much media attention as a form of exercise?

Many celebrities choose Pilates because it improves physical appearance, stamina, stress relief, and focus. Pilates is an all-in-one system that provides strength training, core conditioning, muscle rebalancing and improved mind-body focus. Celebrity Pilates enthusiasts include: Cheryl Tiegs, Reese Witherspoon, Ellen DeGeneres, Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Sting, Rob Morrow, Martha Stewart, Cameron Diaz, Amanda Seyfried, Rod Stewart and Jennifer Aniston.

 Will the course be too ‘Intensive’ to attend?

This course is titled ‘Intensive’ since it is an 8 day 40 hour course which will give you the confidence to begin teaching Pilates classes as soon as you have finished day 8!  The course is blended with theory and practical content and a wonderful bonus is that we are teaching you how to teach Pilates, the course is not designed to be a test of your physical ability to perform each exercise.  Ultimately we understand that you will have postural history and possible injuries in your body which may mean we have to modify how you can achieve the ultimate goal or essence of each exercise.  This proves to be a wonderful learning experience for those participating on the course, since we require a toolkit of modifications for our own client’s wellbeing.

Do I have to be a Pilates Teacher already to attend the courses?

The STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork course is designed for those already in the health & fitness industry, as well as career changers who would like to enter the wellness industry.  Attending some previous Pilates classes from any accessible source is required so the student has some experience and awareness of Pilates.

Do I need to purchase course materials or bring along any props to the course?

Course materials are included in the course cost and are supplied on the first day of training.

There is no requirement to bring along any mats or props to the courses since these will be supplied for the course duration.

Do I have to become a Pilates Teacher after completing the course?

Not all those who attend the Intensive courses wish to teach other clients, some attend to learn how to perform Pilates ideally for their own health/wellbeing/rehab/athletic interests.  Those that do intend to teach Pilates will be equipped with the skills to start teaching Pilates after the last day of the course.

Will I be able to find a job as a STOTT PILATES / Total Barre Instructor?

STOTT PILATES & Total Barre Instructors are always in hot demand!  You will have the choice of opening your own studio (at home or commercial premises), or you could search for other job opportunities.

Once you have completed the courses, you will be invited to join a closed Facebook page where you can connect with other trained Instructors from throughout New Zealand.  This is a great community to join of like minded Instructors – great to find a study buddy or find out who is recruiting.

Your training will also be in hot demand internationally!  STOTT PILATES & Total Barre Instructors are highly regarded internationally and there are many jobs currently being offered from all around the world!  Check out the current job opportunities globally on offer now!

 Can I purchase STOTT PILATES & Total Barre props at the courses?

Yes there will be a limited supply of props available for purchase at the courses.

What do I wear to the training courses?

We recommend that you wear comfortable fitness clothing.  Socks are required and shoes are optional but not necessary.

Specialised performance Shashi Socks will be available for purchase at the courses and wholesale options are available for those who wish to sell Shashi socks in their studios as an accessory income earner.

Read all the testimonials from people who have attended these courses:

STOTT PILATES Intensive Matwork Course

STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork Course

Total Barre Instructor Foundation Course

How many students will there be at the training courses?

We accept 12 registrations per course in order to offer a premium experience to those attending.  Each participant can expect to receive personalized feedback to all questions and often feel physically stronger after course completion.