Recognized around the world for its quality and training excellence, STOTT PILATES® offers varying levels of movement — essential, intermediate and advanced — to meet the exercise needs of all clients, from post-rehab to elite athlete.

Modular training offerings allow students to choose the method of study that best suits their lifestyles and availability. Students can take courses à la carte or all at once, and can certify in Mat, or Reformer, or achieve Full Certification. Merrithew also offers over 150 STOTT PILATES® workshops to choose from for continuing education.

STOTT PILATES® is recognised by a host of high-level industry bodies all over the world, including The Register of Exercise Professionals, the American Council on Exercise and canfitpro. The courses and workshops are also accredited by REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals of SA); HPCSA (Health Professional Council of SA); and SASP (SA Society of Physiotherapists) so CPD points are applicable.

With a STOTT PILATES® education, there’s no limit to career your opportunities.

Starting your training, or continuing your training with STOTT PILATES® begins with our Certification Programs. Whichever certification program you choose you will learn the STOTT PILATES® Five Basic principles; effective communication and observation skills, verbal cuing and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation; modifications for specific body types, postural issues and conditions; theory and practice of postural analysis; and exercise layering related to effective program design



The STOTT PILATES® Intensive Program (Level 1) is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement, or those who meet the Pilates class requirements. The focus is on expanding student’s current knowledge while delivering complete instruction in STOTT PILATES® principles and Essential and Intermediate exercises in a fast-paced format.

Intensive Program choices:

  • Intensive Mat-Plus – IMP
  • Intensive Reformer – IR
  • Intensive Cadillac, Chair & Barrels – ICCB

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to teach the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise. Upon passing the exam, they will be recognized as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor. Only upon the receipt of their certificate will they be entitled to identify themselves as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor.

Our programs provide a balanced and thorough blend of theory, observation and practical experience to help you master the repertoire.

General course objectives:

  • How to apply STOTT PILATES® biomechanical principles of core stability, breathing and alignment to all exercises
  • A complete breakdown of each exercise
  • Exercise goals, muscular initiation and movement sequencing
  • Modifications to increase or decrease exercise intensity
  • Modifications for specific body types and postural issues
  • How to recognize optimal and less than optimal movement patterns
  • A variety of programming options to keep clients motivated
  • Effective communication, verbal cues and imagery for performance enhancement and client motivation

ZEN•GA® Course:

ZEN•GA® is a unique mind-body modality that fuses elements of Pilates, yoga, martial arts and meditation into a series of flowing movements that emphasize the breath and strengthen both body and mind

Using props and equipment, these accessible workouts are playful yet powerful, emphasizing smooth transitions, intention of the movements and focusing on the personal physical effects of movement paired with deep breathing. The gateway to a mind-body practice,ZEN•GA® is designed to stimulate the fascial system and build endurance, strength, mobility and stability while cultivating a greater sense of physical awareness that extends beyond the workout experience

The ZEN•GA® Mat Foundation Course teaches the principles that make up the method and shows how to apply them to movement programs designed to help clients reach their desired goals. Participants are taught how to integrate the Mindful Movement principles into energizing and strengthening workouts that improve muscle tone and function, facilitate neuromyofascial integration and increase overall wellbeing.

Total Barre™ Course:

Gain the knowledge and confidence to design and teach highly evolved barre classes in any setting. Learn choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movement, as well as how to effectively utilize the power of music to create safe and fun barre classes that focus on increasing strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability. It truly is a program geared for everyone—no dance experience required!

The Total Barre™ Foundation Course provides the groundwork education for Instructors, enabling them to produce safe, effective and varied barre training programs that address the needs and goals of every client. The Course presents 11 specially arranged and selected segments – accompanied by timed selections of music – that serve as the template for each session or class and produce a balanced and complete barre workout. Participants are also introduced to the Total Barre™ Principles.



Intensive Mat Course (40 hours)
Course cost R10 900 (excludes materials)
Materials cost R3 900 (2 manuals, 4 DVD’s)


May (40 hours completed over 2 weekends – 5 hours per day)
Thursday 17th May — Sunday 20th May
Thursday 24th May – Sunday 27th May
Time Thursdays & Fridays 1-6.30pm
Weekends 10-3.30pm



ZEN•GA® Mat Foundation Course
Course cost R1 950 (booklet included)
Saturday 17th March

Intensive Barrels (10 hours – 5 hours per day)
Course cost R3 160 (excludes materials)
Materials cost R3 550 (3 manuals, 1DVD)
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th May

Advanced Barrels (3 hours)
Course cost R1 050 
Friday 11th May

Advanced Reformer Course (18 hours – 6 hours per day)
Course cost R5 400 (excludes materials)
Materials cost R2 400 (manual & DVD)

Date options:
Friday 23rd (12-6pm); Saturday (10-4pm) ; Sunday 25th February (9-3pm)

Friday 27th April (12-6pm); Saturday 28th April (10-4pm) ; Sunday 29th April (9-3pm)

Intensive Cadillac (25 hours – 5 hours per day)
Course cost R7 900 (excludes materials)
Materials R4 100 (2 manuals, 2 DVD’S)
Tuesday 1st May – Saturday 5th May

Intensive Stability Chair (15 hours – 5 hours per day)
Course cost R4 740 (excludes materials)
Materials R2 000 (manual & DVD)
Monday 7th May – Wednesday 9th May

Advanced Cadillac (6 hours)
Course Cost R2 100 (excludes materials)
Materials R900 (DVD)
Sunday 6th May

Injuries & Special Populations (24 hours – 6 hours per day)
Course cost R7 200 (excludes materials)
Materials R5 200
Saturday 12th May – Tuesday 15th May

Exam fees not inclusive.


Intensive Mat Course (40 hours – 5 hours per day)
Course cost R10 900 (excludes materials)
Materials cost R3 900 (2 manuals, 4 DVD’s)

Date options:

Friday 22nd – Monday 25th June
Tuesday 26th June – day off
Wednesday 27th- Saturday 30th June
Time 10-3.30pm

Friday 28th September – Monday 1st October
Tuesday 2nd October – day off
Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th October
Time 10-3.30pm

Advanced Mat Course (6 hours)
Cost R1 800 (excludes materials)
Materials R900 (DVD)

Date options:
Sunday 1st July
Time 9-3.30pm

Sunday 7th October
Time 9-3.30pm

Advanced Stability Chair (3 hours)
Course cost R1 050 (excludes materials)
Materials R900 (DVD)
Wednesday 9th May
3.30pm- 7pm

Intensive Reformer Course (50 hours – 5 hours per day)
Course cost R12 800 (excludes materials)
Materials cost R4 300 (2 manuals & 2 DVD’s)
Additional R600 if you have not done the Mat course and require the Mat/Reformer Support Materials manual

Date options:
Monday 16th April – Friday 20th April
Monday 23rd April – Friday 27th April
Time 10-3.30pm

Wednesday 18th July – Sunday 22nd July
Monday day off
Tuesday 24th July – Saturday 27th July
Time 10-3.30pm

Wednesday 24 October – Sunday 4 November
Time 10-3.30pm



The Movement Lab is fully equipped with seven reformers, two cadillacs, three stability chairs, two ladder barrels, four spine correctors, ballet barrels and every prop imaginable! This means that there is great variety offered in the classes and it enables us to cater to your specific anatomical needs.

“You are only as old as your spine.” Joseph Pilates

The Movement Lab is considered a centre of excellence in Cape Town for Pilates enthusiasts, students and established Pilates Instructors locally and internationally. Repeat international clients, who choose Cape Town for their vacation, ensure that they take classes during their time in the Mother City due to Lisa’s professional reputation and extensive knowledge.