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The Movement Lab
98 Fordyce Road
Walmer, Port Elizabeth
6070, South Africa

t: +27-84-500-1973 OR +27-41-581-0869
f: +27-41-581-0869

Maria Monks
Instructor Trainer
Lisa Palmer
Lisa Palmer
Lead Instructor Trainer
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    Accredited by REPs South Africa

licensed training center

The Movement Lab

ABOUT: The Movement Lab offers numerous STOTT PILATES Certification courses, including Mat; Reformer; Cadillac, Chair & Barrels; and Injuries & Special Populations courses - as well as workshops; examinations and continuing education. In addition to Instructor Training,The Movement Lab offers clients private; semi-private and various group classes.

Situated in a idyllic setting in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, this fully equipped STOTT PILATES studio offers clients and students a visual and auditory feast. The studio is situated in a newly renovated, quaint home with original wooden floors, ample en suite accomodation, and large open-spaced studios. The garden is peaceful and tranquil, with a swimming pool waiting to be enjoyed - the perfect environment to focus; study; and of course, relax.


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The Intensive Program

The STOTT PILATES Intensive program is for fitness and health professionals. This program prepares you to teach STOTT PILATES Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based repertoires safely, effectively and with confidence.

Intensive Mat-Plus™ (IMP)

LEVEL: 1      40 hours
Fall 2014 | September 16-24
Tuesday-Friday, Sunday-Wednesday 9am-3:30pm

The Comprehensive Program

Designed for those with some movement training and exposure to Pilates, Comprehensive courses cover functional anatomy and the practical skills needed to develop effective and motivating Level 1 Matwork and equipment-based programs.


LEVEL: 1      0 hours
Fall 2012 | September 11-December 14
Tuesday-Thursday 1pm-5:30pm | Friday 2pm-6:30pm

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The Advanced Program

The Advanced program consists of Level 2 courses in Matwork, Reformer, and Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. Completion of the Advanced program is required for full certification.

Advanced Matwork (AM)

LEVEL: 2      6 hours
Fall 2014 | September 25
Thursday 9am-3:30pm

Injuries & Special Populations

The STOTT PILATES Injuries & Special Populations course equips you with the skills required to address a broad range of physical challenges among your clients. Completion of ISP is required for full certification.

Injuries & Special Populations (ISP)

      24 hours
Fall 2014 | November 25-28
Tuesday-Friday 8am-2:30pm

The Rehabilitation Program

The Rehabilitation program is specifically for licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, sports medicine professionals and chiropractors wishing to integrate modified STOTT PILATES exercises for injury prevention and rehabilitation into their practices.

Rehab courses are available at many of our training locations worldwide.  Please click here for a complete listing of training options worldwide.  Currently, training isn’t offered at this location, but and check back regularly for updates.

ZEN•GA Courses

ZEN•GA™ is an innovative fusion of exercise science and mindful movement that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the benefits of improved strength, clarity and overall fitness.

ZEN•GA™ Continuing Education Workshops

Saturday September 20 ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement - Breathing Workout  2pm-4pm 
Saturday November 15 ZEN•GA™ Fluid Conditioning with Mini Stability Ball™  11:30am-1:30pm 
Saturday December 6 ZEN•GA™ Fascial Fitness: Exploring Arm Lines  2pm-4pm 

CORE™ Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training– developed exclusively by Merrithew Health & Fitness™ experts.  This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novice and high-level athletes.

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Total Barre™ Courses

Total Barre™ is a high-energy program that focuses on strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability by combining elements from Pilates, dance, cardio and strength training. Programming is driven by music which increases coordination, motivation and improve movement quality. Incorporating the Total Barre Foundational Principles, this program teaches choreography, exercise essence and correct biomechanics of movements as well as how to cue effectively and safely to music.

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STOTT PILATES workshops designed for Pilates instructors and fitness professionals, are ideal as an introduction into the method or as continuing education. All workshops qualify for Continuing Education Credits through both STOTT PILATES and ACE and none have prerequisites.

Continuing Education Workshops

Saturday September 20 Programming for Scoliosis Mangement 9am-11am 
Saturday September 20 Athletic Conditioning on Stability Cushions™  11:30am-1:30pm 
Saturday September 20 ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement - Breathing Workout  2pm-4pm 
Saturday November 15 Pilates on the Barre, Level 1  9am-11am 
Saturday November 15 ZEN•GA™ Fluid Conditioning with Mini Stability Ball™  11:30am-1:30pm 
Saturday December 6 Matwork for Breast Cancer Rehab  9am-11am 
Saturday December 6 Pilates on the Barre, Level 2  11:30am-1:30pm
Saturday December 6 ZEN•GA™ Fascial Fitness: Exploring Arm Lines  2pm-4pm 
The intensive courses are recommended for certified fitness instructors, personal trainers, and other fitness & health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and enhance their business. Applicants must have, at least three years experience teaching fitness, dance or movement, familiarity with the works of Joseph Pilates, formal anatomy training and a working knowledge of muscle origins, insertions and functions, in order to attend the course.
A Note Regarding Exams:
You are not obliged to write (and pay for) two exams if you are planning to take both courses. You may choose to wait until completion of the second course to write your exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam). If you prefer to pause between courses, you may choose to take an exam to become certified in Matwork only, and another exam (a combined Matwork and Reformer exam) after completing the second course to become certified in Reformer work. In this case two exam fees would apply.