Pilates South Texas

As a STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center, certification training, programs and continuing education workshops are conducted to expand the education and knowledge of the STOTT PILATES® method to all Pilates, Yoga and Fitness instructors who desire to provide safe and effective Pilates exercise to their clients.

STOTT PILATES® is the premiere brand of Merrithew Health & Fitness.








Chau advocates the concept that proper fitness training is a lifestyle investment for the present and the future. Through constant education development and experience, Chau continues to progress her unique skillset in the area of reconditioning clients for daily activities especially addressing concerns of musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disease, auto-immune disorder, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, breast cancer, and pre-natal or post-natal.

While many clients seek her expertise for post rehabilitation and injury reduction, Chau’s knowledge in biomechanics and neuromuscular anatomy are valued by fitness enthusiasts and competitive athletes at all levels of performance. Chau has provided her services to Cirque du Solei – Amaluna and a World Champion Medalist and Olympic Games Sprinter.  To date, Chau continues to work with a WTA professional tennis player, former ATP professional tennis player and former collegiate defensive tackle standout for Rice University.

Chau earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  The primary focus of her studies was Human Factors, which she incorporates into the practical application of optimizing performance with movement into her instruction.



MerrithewTM certifications:
STOTT PILATES® Lead Certified Instructor Trainer, TOTAL BARRETM Instructor, ZEN•GA® Equipment Instructor, ZEN•GA® Mat Instructor, CORETM Athletic Conditioning & Performance TrainingTM Instructor

Certifications in other modalities:
GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certified Instructor, GYROTONIC® Jumping Stretching Board Certified Instructor, GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Apprentice Instructor, YOGA FOR LIFE®, Indra Devi Yoga, TRX® Suspension Training® Qualified Instructor, Muscle Activation TechniquesTM (MAT) Jumpstart Certified Personal Trainer for Lower Extremities, Upper Extremities and Spine and Trunk, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS): The Mattes Method, COREBARRETM System of Smart Movement® Master Trainer
Chau is also Certified through the Pilates Method Alliance

Chau fulfilled education and instruction experience requirements to be a STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor Trainer in 2006.  She was awarded the designation of a STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer in 2014 for outstanding performance in education, mentorship and professional performance.

Chau is qualified to instruct the full certification programs and over 150 MerrithewTM continuing education workshops, including all eight Specialty Tracks (Athletic Conditioning, Golf Conditioning, Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning, Active for Live, Pre- & Post-Natal, Group Matwork, Group Equipment, Dance).  As a STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer, Chau is also qualified to instruct STOTT PILATES® continuing education workshops to other STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainers.

In 2007, Chau established Pilates South Texas in Houston with the vision to:

  • Offer comprehensive services to all patrons, so they can meet their personal or professional goals
  • Inspire, mentor and provide progressive education to instructors
  • Create an instructor network that shares her passion for elevating the awareness of pilates
  • Develop her personal and professional growth



STOTT PILATES® Fully Qualified in All Equipment
STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor
MELT Method® Instructor
TOTAL BARRETM Instructor, ZENGA® Instructor
TRX® Suspension Training® Qualified Instructor

Marcia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at Hollins College in Virginia and has always been active in theatrical movement, exercise and fitness. Marcia’s physical injuries, as a result of years of dance and fitness motivated her to research all training methods to relieve her chronic knee and back discomforts. While competing in ballroom dance, Marcia discovered the benefits of Pilates. She experienced the positive impact it had on her balance, core strength and overall health, so she studied the STOTT PILATES® Method, leading her to become a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2012. Furthering a career path in fitness training, Marcia expanded her professional development by being trained in TOTAL BARRETM , ZEN•GA® and TRX® Suspension Training®.

Motivated to help others with their physical struggles and fitness goals, Marcia began the MELT Method® education in 2013 and became a MELT Method® instructor in 2016.

Marcia’s training and commitment in STOTT PILATES® and MELT allows her to design individual programs to meet her clients needs.



STOTT PILATES® Fully Qualified in All Equipment
STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor
NASM® Certified Personal Trainer
TRX® Suspension Training® Qualified Instructor

In 2002, Liliana begin to implement pilates into her daily activities.  With the positive transformation of her body, she desired to share her experience to others by pursuing a career in fitness as a personal trainer with a focus on pilates.  In 2015, Liliana further progressed her training and education by becoming a STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor through the services and training offered at Pilates South Texas.  Liliana also holds a personal trainer certification by NASM® and she is also trained in TRX® Suspension Training®.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Liliana has instructed overseas and is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.  Her philosophy is to empower and share her knowledge with others as she assists them to achieve their personal goals.



STOTT PILATES® Fully Qualified in All Equipment
STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor

Irina has always been physically active her entire life. In her youth, she was involved in swimming and water skiing. Irina earned her Bachelor of Fashion Design degree at the Vitebsk State Technological University in Belarus as she worked out regularly in a gym setting which involved excessive use of free weights and exercise machines. After shoulder, elbow, and lower back injuries from the workouts involved with free weight training, she decided to explore other options of fitness.

After researching various modalities of fitness, Irina came to Pilates South Texas in 2012 to explore the benefits of Pilates. Through regular STOTT PILATES® sessions at the studio with her persistence, she noticed a dramatic improvement to her posture and her overall fitness. As she learned the proper activation of muscles, she experienced the significant reduction of injuries with more confidence in her movement.

Irina wanted to increase her understanding of Pilates, so she decided to progress her knowledge of STOTT PILATES® while becoming an instructor at Pilates South Texas. Irina desires to inspire others with Pilates so that they may experience sports and activities with a healthy lifestyle. Irina is also fluent in Russian.



STOTT PILATES® Fully Qualified in All Equipment
STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor
COREBARRETM System of Smart Movement® Certified Instructor
Trained in the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS): The Mattes Method

Candace holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. First introduced to Pilates in 2001 while she was a student at the Houston Ballet Academy, Candace quickly discovered the benefits of adding Pilates to her repertoire of dance classes. She was impressed with how Pilates helped her develop more strength and flexibility, which allowed her to become a stronger, more adept dancer. While dancing on scholarship at the University of Oklahoma, Candace continued learning and practicing Pilates regularly.

Candace received her STOTT PILATES® education through Pilates South Texas and has been teaching at the studio since 2012. She is a STOTT PILATES® certified Instructor and has taken STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations training in addition to attending numerous workshops to expand her knowledge of Pilates and improve as an instructor. Candace has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients, ranging from pre-natal and post-natal to individuals with musculoskeletal injuries, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries and Osteoporosis. Candace loves sharing the benefits of Pilates with her clients as she helps them to achieve their specific goals and improve their overall health and wellness.



Certified in Mat and Equipment Training through PhysicalMind InstituteTM

Sarah came to Pilates through a developed love of dance and began her training while completing her Master of Education degree in Dance Education from the University of Houston. She earned her certification in Pilates exercise through PhysicalMind Institute™ in both Mat and Equipment training in 2001. She has offered private and group Pilates instruction for over 20 years in the Houston area.

As a teacher, Sarah strives to uncover and reinforce the potential for physical learning in each individual person. “Body mechanics and movement are so interesting to me…it is gratifying to share my interest and experience and to see changes occur in both the perception and strength of an individual’s body.” Sarah has also worked on a part-time basis at the Houston Ballet Academy and at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. These diverse environments, she feels, broadly reflect the adaptability and benefits of Pilates movement.

In addition to her Master of Education degree, Sarah holds a B. S. in Secondary Education from the University of Texas, English and History teaching subjects.