About

Blue Mat Pilates was first established in Hamilton in 2007 and opened the second location at Mt Maunganui in 2015.  Our intention is to share the limitless benefits Pilates can offer, to our Community, in a supportive and safe environment. We know what it takes to get the body feeling good, less injury prone, and generally stronger and more flexible. We ensure that what we teach is first class, by well-informed, fully qualified Instructors. Our classes are modified where needed, to ensure that each client is offered a safe yet challenging workout session.

We offer Pilates Mat classes, one on one Reformer sessions, and Corporate/Workplace classes.

 

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BLUE MAT PILATES TEAM

  • RIANA LEAF – BLUE MAT PILATES CREATOR AND PILATES ADVOCATE
  • RACHAEL PUGH – MANAGER AND EX ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET DANCER EXTROADINAIRE
  • ARNEL GAVIOLA – OUR CHIEF INSTRUCTOR FOR MIXING UP VIBRANT CLASS ROUTINES

RIANA LEAF

  • How did you discover Pilates?
  • I discovered Pilates when I was at a cross roads with my career. I wanted a career change that would revolve around helping people. My mum was in a bad way with her back, so I wanted to be able to help people like her, find ways to look after, and tune into their own bodies to manage pain – without necessarily having to go to someone to give them a short term ‘fix up job’. I wanted to teach people some awesome tools they could use to ‘fix’ themselves, where possible.
  • What does Pilates mean to you?
  • It means my absolute passion and calling. I feel like the luckiest and most blessed person to have a job that I love so much. It gives me so much fulfillment, knowing that I am making a positive difference in peoples lives.
  • Why should people adopt Pilates as their primary exercise program?
  • Because it absolutely works.
  • Do you have any advice for people considering taking up Pilates for the first time?
  • Ensure you are with a Fully Qualified Instructor. There are plenty of ‘Pilates Instructors’ out there that may have done a weekend workshop, and then can all of a sudden start teaching it. You know you will be in safe hands when you have found a highly skilled instructor that has done at least a year long course, hundreds of observational/teaching and self mastery hours and plenty of continuing education.
  • Is there anybody that has particularly inspired or influenced you in your Pilates career and why?
  • I would have to say my mum. She has had some fairly traumatic back surgeries, and has managed her pain so well with practicing Pilates every day. Her surgeon has always been amazed at how much she has managed to continue doing with the state her back was in. She has been a perfect ‘walking billboard’ of how effective and beneficial Pilates can be, especially with people with some fairly hefty injuries or conditions.
  • Can you tell us about an experience in which Pilates benefited a client or someone you know?
  • I had a client recently come up to me and share this story. She has a high needs teenage daughter who is wheelchair bound. She (the mother) has spent the last 10 years visiting her chiropractor every week and physio treatments 3-4 times per week, to help with her back pain from all of her heavy lifting and 24/7 care she gives to her daughter. Since attending her Pilates classes weekly, she no longer needs to see her physio, and only goes in to her chiropractor once every 6 weeks or so. This made my heart absolutely sing!
  • How has practicing and teaching Pilates changed your perspective on life?
  • It has taught me so many amazing things. One thing that definitely stands out is how much we all need nurturing and ‘me time’. No matter how ‘together’ or ‘on top of things’ someone can appear, there is always a need for taking time to breathe and get back in touch with their bodies. It has made me appreciate how important it is to treat each individual with as much love and respect as you would expect for yourself. We are all connected in this universe and share the same energies, so by taking time for others, you are feeding your own energy system too.
  • When you’re not doing Pilates, what can we find you doing? Your favorite hobby?
  • Well when there are waves I like to go surfing. Otherwise I like to get out for a run or walk 3-4 times per week.
  • What are your favourite foods?
  • Oh there are so many! Sushi, smoothies jam packed with goodness, anything my sister Kara makes is generally raw and delicious. Mum makes a pretty amazing fish curry…. cafe inc make a delicious raw/gluten free/refined sugar free picnic bar which is amazingly yummy.
  • If you could only do one Pilates exercise, what would it be?
  • The Bridge. It awakens your deep supportive spinal muscles, lengthens your spine, strengthens the back side of your body and frees the spine up beautifully. A few of these each day helps to keep my spine happy.
  • What's your favorite quote?
  • Where energy goes, energy flows.

RACHAEL PUGH

  • How did you discover Pilates?
  • I was first introduced to pilates when I was a member of the Royal NZ Ballet Company. I twisted my ankle and was given a few pilates exercises to help strengthen my ankle and to speed the recovery time.
  • What does Pilates mean to you?
  • Co-ordinated breath with movement.
  • Why should people adopt Pilates as their primary exercise program?
  • To find enjoyment in movement and keep there
  • bodies moving in a pain free zone.
  • Do you have any advice for people considering taking up Pilates for the first time?
  • Keep an open mind. Sometimes we start slowly but once a few concepts are understood there are many challenges that can be added to the movement to create a powerful and demanding workout.
  • Is there anybody that has particularly inspired or influenced you in your Pilates career and
  • Yes, Riana Leaf.  She has been an inspiration right from the beginning of my journey into discovering Pilates. She has passed on a huge wealth of knowledge.
  • Can you tell us about an experience in which Pilates benefited a client or someone you know?
  • I hear general comments each week from our clients.  Often it is around how they no longer feel pain in there lower back after attending a few classes, or how for an hour their mind has been transported away from lifes everyday worries and demands.
  • How has practicing and teaching Pilates changed your perspective on your life?
  • To be grateful and appreciative of the movement my own body can create.
  • When you’re not doing Pilates, what can we find you doing? Your favorite hobby?
  • Dancing. I also teach ballet and contemporary dance at Limelight Dance Academy.
    Curling up with a good book and hanging out with my 4 beautiful boys.
  • What are your favourite foods?
  • Chocolate!!
  • If you could only do one Pilates exercise, what would it be?
    Standing roll down - it frees my spine and makes me feel 2 inches taller!
  • What's your favorite quote?
  • Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.

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ARNEL GAVIOLA

  • How did you discover pilates?
  • A friend I met in ballet school introduced pilates to me. That was in 2002 and I have never looked back.
  • What does pilates mean to you?
  • It is part of my digestive system.
  • Why should people adopt pilates as their primary exercise program?
  • It is a very good foundation to any other forms of exercise.
  • Do you have any advice for people considering taking up pilates for the first time?
  • It is not an overnight pill. It maybe challenging but you will truly love the lasting results.
  • Is there anybody that has particularly inspired or influenced you in your pilates career and why?
  • Of course the clients, they inspire me daily. The more I see the pilates system work through them, the more I strive to perfect it.
  • Can you tell us an experience in which pilates benefited a client or someone you know?
  • Two clients of mine now own a pilates studio back home in the Philippines. A close friend who trained me also owns one in Singapore. Some bought pilates reformers for personal use and few of them are also teaching and training new instructors. That shows how much they want to share the countless benefits of pilates to our mind and body. Pilates benefits once one believes it.
  • How has practicing and teaching pilates changed your perspective in life?
  • I became more compassionate and understanding of people's needs and limitations.
  • When your not doing pilates, what can we find you doing? Your favorite hobby?
  • Under the hood of my car, breaking & fixing things. I am a frustrated car mechanic.
  • What are your favorite food?
  • Banana with nutella. It is heavenly!
  • If you could only do one pilates exercise, what would it be?
  • "Cork screw" it is a little bit of everything.
  • Whats your favorite quote?
  • Happy wife, happy life! This quote made my life peaceful.