Northeast Pilates Education Centers
6 School Street
Manchester, MA 01944

t: 978-526-0002 x12
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PJ O'Clair
Master Instructor Trainer
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Carol Burnham
Lead Instructor Trainer
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Annette Barry
Instructor Trainer
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Cheryl Cote Alden
Lead Instructor Trainer

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Natalie Gennett
Instructor Trainer
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Kimberlee Strome
Instructor Trainer
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Melissa Siple
Instructor Trainer
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Angela McCartney
Instructor Trainer
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Sheri Aggarwal
Instructor Trainer
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Nadja Refaie
Instructor Trainer
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Northeast Pilates Education Centers

ABOUT: Northeast Pilates Education Center, owned by Master Instructor Trainer PJ O'Clair, is New England's most recognized facility for STOTT PILATES® teacher training and education/certification programs. In addition to STOTT PILATES, we offer teacher training in the other MERRITHEW™ brands including ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™, Halo® and CORE™.
Our team includes 8+ MERRITHEW Instructor Trainers, including one Master and two Lead Instructor Trainers. Our ITs have traveled throughout the US and the world sharing their expertise with Instructors world-wide.
Most of our courses and workshops are held at Northeast Pilates Headquarters, located on the coast in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. In addition to a spacious mat studio on the second floor, we have a fully equipped first floor Pilates studio with V2 Max Plus™ Reformers, Cadillacs, Ladder Barrels, Stability Chairs, as well as numerous small props. We also conduct/host teacher training throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey and Maryland.


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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 Reformer (IR)

LEVEL: 1      50 hours
Winter 2016 | February 5-7, 27-28, March 12-13, 18-20
Friday-Saturday 11am-4:30pm | Sunday 9am-2:30pm

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.

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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 Reformer (AR)

LEVEL: 2      18 hours
Winter 2016 | March 4-6
Friday-Saturday 11am-5:30pm | Sunday 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
Spring 2016 | March 19-20, April 9-10
Saturday 11am-7pm | Sunday 9am-5pm

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™ Instructor Foundation Course, Equipment

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Winter 2016 | February 28
Sunday 9am-5pm
​Spring 2016 | April 3
Sunday 9am-5pm

ZEN•GA™ Instructor Foundation Course, Mat

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
Spring 2016 | April 1
Friday 9am-5pm

Continuing Education Workshops

Saturday December 12 ZEN•GA™ Upper Body Focus 11:30am-1:30pm
Saturday December 12 ZEN•GA™ Lower Body Focus 2pm-4pm

CORE™ Courses

Take your workouts to the next level with our CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training – developed exclusively by MERRITHEW™ 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.

CORE™ Instructor Foundation Course

LEVEL: 1      7 hours
​Winter 2016 | January 17
Sunday 9am-5pm

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.

Total Barre™ Instructor Foundation Course 

LEVEL: 1      40 hours
Winter 2016 | January 23
Saturday 11am-7pm


This area may include upcoming Continuing Education workshops, Exam Preparation workshops and Practical & Written Exam dates. Please note only Continuing Education workshops qualify for CECs. No prerequisites required.

Continuing Education Workshops

Friday November 13 Reformer Intervals on Accessory Boards, Ideal for Teens 12pm-2pm
Saturday November 14 Reformer & Padded Platform Extender 11am-1pm
Saturday November 14 Prenatal Pilates on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer 11am-2pm
Saturday November 14 Programming for Osteoporosis Management 2:30pm-5:30pm
Friday November 20 Athletic Conditioning on the Mat 12pm-2pm
Saturday November 21 Postural Analysis Review 11am-2pm
Saturday November 21 Intermediate Matwork: Functional Anatomy, Cueing & Correcting 2:30pm-5:30pm
Friday December 11 Bodyweight Training 10am-12pm
Friday December 11 Athletic Conditioning on the Mat 12:30pm-2:30pm
Friday December 11 Pilates with Props, Level 1 3pm-5pm
Saturday December 12 Postural Analysis Review 11am-2pm
Saturday December 12 ZEN•GA™ Upper Body Focus 11:30am-1:30pm
Saturday December 12 ZEN•GA™ Lower Body Focus 2pm-4pm
Saturday December 12 Intermediate Matwork: Functional Anatomy, Cueing & Correcting 2:30pm-5:30pm
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.