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The Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Partner Profile focuses on individuals who aim to educate their community on the value of mindful movement.


Estela Cabral

This edition of the Partner Profile features Estela Cabral from Averio, Portugal who is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Rehab Instructor in Mat and Reformer.

Estela was first introduced to Pilates after she graduated and became a Physiotherapist. As a Physiotherapist, she found there were many limitations when it came to exercise programs and educating her clients in achieving an improved and pain-free posture. In 2008 Estela came across a colleague who was working with Pilates, to help her clients and discovered that it was possible to integrate the principles of Pilates into daily activities and the results were therefore long lasting.  Seeing and experiencing this, Estela decided it was time for her to become a Pilates instructor and enrolled with STOTT PILATES, as it offered a well founded, research based Rehabilitation Program.  Estela is certified in Mat and Reformer Rehab and is only one exam away from becoming a full certified STOTT PILATES Instructor.

Once Estela completed her Rehab Certification, she decided it was time to open her own studio.  In 2011, along with her colleague Maria Marques, together they founded the Pilates Training Zone (PiTZ) Studio in Aveiro, Portugal. They are looking forward to expanding their studio in the coming years as well as  expanding the Pilates movement to the Portuguese population.

Since becoming a STOTT PILATES Instructor, Estela has enjoyed changing people’s lives.  The moment when a client is able to master a new exercise and fully comprehend its benefits brings great joy to Estela.