Accredited Exercise Physiologist MESSA
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
BSc Kin, University of Alberta, Canada
Hi there, my name is Stacey Pine and I have recently moved to Oamaru from Perth, Australia. We moved over to be closer to family in the South Island, and have fallen in love with beautiful Oamaru. A fantastic gym on the beautiful Oamaru harbour has offered me space to start seeing clients in January 2020!
You may have never heard of Exercise Physiology before, so let me explain WHY I love what I do, and how I may be of help to you.
I have a passion for helping people get moving, especially people that are experiencing pain, dealing with a chronic illness, or experiencing an issue in their body that stops them from doing all the things they want to do. Watching my clients reach their goals of getting back on the golf course, "forgetting" to take their crutches or pain medication, getting on the floor to play with their grandkids, or running a marathon is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
Originally from Canada, I travelled to Perth in 2007 to complete my BSc in Human Movement, and my career as an Exercise Physiologist began in early 2008. I was lucky enough to work directly with some of the city's top orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitating patients before and after a range of surgeries including joint replacements, tumour removals and tendon repairs.
Initially I used gym-based exercise and hydrotherapy to rehabilitate my clients, but was always experimenting with different movement modalities and learning everything I could about working with the human body. Discovering Pilates was one of the biggest breakthroughs with my own body as well as the people I was working with. My chronic headaches and neck issues from a whiplash injury were gone, and I was amazed at the progress my clients were making. I started work at one of Perth's biggest Pilates and Physiotherapy companies in 2010 to immerse myself in Pilates training, and studied with teachers in Perth, Melbourne, Oregon and Vancouver who brought different specialities of knowledge to their rehab work. This opened up my insight and experience working with a wide variety of clientele from small children to a range of athletes; cyclists, footballers and netballers. In 2012 I became a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor, working in the studio with private sessions and small groups, as well as teaching mat and Reformer group sessions.
Progressive Motion was founded in 2013 after the birth of my son. As a mobile business visiting people in their homes, it was a great way for me to maintain my passion as well as spend quality time with my little human. My big focus at this point was learning everything I could about Women's Health, as I found my personal experience extremely lacking in holistic care of the mothers after birth. I created a workshop for mums and mums-to-be about their pelvic floor and core, how to exercise safely during pregnancy and postpartum, and what to do when issues came up. This turned into an online course, as a way to help new mums navigate exercise in that tricky postpartum period. In 2018 I teamed up with a Women's Health Physiotherapist to teach a course on Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period to Exercise Physiologists around Australia.
In 2019 I created a Pilates course for Exercise Professionals to add Reformer Pilates to their skill set, and have loved teaching this course in several Australian cities. In my own practice, I have been experimenting with MovNat and the work of Ido Portal, with the next goal of starting a form of martial-arts! I enjoy kitesurfing, swimming and snowboarding (it has been a few years), and you will often find us out for a tramp or bike ride.
I feel extremely lucky that we have ended up in Oamaru, and am looking forward to building my dream studio that will incorporate everything I have learned over my 12 years as a health professional and movement teacher. Please get in touch if you have requests, ideas or questions, I would love for you to be a part of the new direction this business takes. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon!