Our Teachers

Our instructors are passionate about ensuring that your experience is all that it can be every time you enter the studio. The focus is on the individual and care is taken to ensure that each participant is fully engaged in each session with their particular needs being both identified and met.

Tracy Abel


With 35 years behind me in the health and fitness industry - PILATES feels like home. I am always excited to enter the studio and present a class that is exciting, interesting, entertaining and full of 'take-aways' for my clients. I challenge myself to challenge my clients to discover the pleasure of PILATES. Each session has a focus and after each session, you should leave the studio more aware of your own body, having had a good laugh and feeling more connected with yourself.

I am intrigued by each 'body' that walks into PILATES PLUS and my goal is to ensure that you get the best experience possible. I want each session to be full of fun and focus so that you feel REAL progress by the end of each term.

Working with clients as they recover from injury has become a growing passion for me. My philosophy is to work on what we can, to support the things we can't do in the short term to ensure that full recovery can occur. I focus on the whole body so as well as protecting the injury site, we get a total body workout that feels great.

New clients are always welcome so come and join the fun that is PILATES PLUS.



Sarah Whitworth



I am a fully qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor and trained at a well known Physiotherapy practice in Dunedin called Back In Motion. I gained my levels one, two and three in mat instruction, and also trained to instruct Pilates using reformers, trapeze tables and various other Pilates equipment. I used my Pilates expertise to assist in the rehabilitation of Physio clients, and also to train Pilates clients for general strength and flexibility. 


I have a Bachelor of Physical Education through Otago University majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies, and also Exercise Prescription and Management. I also hold certificates as a Exercise Consultant and Group Exercise Instructor (own choreography) through Skills Active Aotearoa.


I have a strong dancing background having completed beginner-advanced American Jazz Ballet throughout my school years, and am a self-confessed fitness fanatic. I ran my first marathon in 2014 and love to see others getting into running, or any other type of fitness that they enjoy. I simply love exercise and the huge benefits it provides. I am passionate about sharing this passion with others and motivating them to become more active and live to their full potential.


I have witnessed firsthand the major benefits of incorporating the Pilates discipline into an already active or sedentary lifestyle. The beauty of Pilates is that it's suitable for most ages and fitness levels, as it's a safe, low impact form of training that targets the body as a whole. When practiced correctly under the guidance of an experienced instructor, I believe that Pilates can improve your flexibility, all over body strength and endurance, muscle tone and your body awareness and mental health. It's a time to breathe deeply and get to know your body better, and you'll always leave a Pilates class feeling invigorated and better off than when you began. I believe that in conjunction with aerobic training and proper nutrition, Pilates can aid weight loss and reduce the likelihood of injury.


I'm very excited to be involved in the Pilates Plus studio. It is a beautiful and supportive environment where you can come and just, for once, focus on YOU! I truly believe there is a place for everybody within this studio. 


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