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.



STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Lead Instructor Trainer, MELT Method® Instructor & Studio Owner

  • STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Lead Instructor Trainer
  • STOTT PILATES® Certification Instructor Trainer
  • Continuing Education Credit [CEC] Instructor

– ACE® CEC Provider
– NPCP CEC Provider

  • STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor in all equipment
  • KINETIC CHAIN® Education Provider
  • Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT)
  • ACE® Personal Trainer
  • TPI Level 1 Certified
  • TRX® Suspension Training® Qualified Instructor
  • MELT Method® Instructor, Level 1

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 Tour, Cirque du Solei – Alegria Tour 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 Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) through the Pilates Method Alliance, ACE® Personal Trainer and TPI Level 1 Certified.

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 nine Specialty Tracks (Active for Live, Athletic Conditioning, Dance, Golf Conditioning, Group Equipment, Group Matwork, Interdisciplinary, Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning, Pre- & Post-Natal).  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 Certified Instructor & MELT METHOD® Instructor

  • STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor in All Equipment
  • STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor
  • MELT Method® Instructor, Level 1, 2, 3
  • 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 Certified Instructor, MELT METHOD® Instructor & NASM® Personal Trainer

  • STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor in All Equipment
  • STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations Qualified Instructor
  • MELT Method® Instructor, Level 1, 2
  • NASM® Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • TRX® Suspension Training® Qualified Instructor

Lili was first introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method due to a chronic back pain.  After falling in love with Pilates and experiencing its benefits, Lili further progressed her training and education by becoming a STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor through the services and training offered at Pilates South Texas.

Lili is a NASM® personal trainer as well and she loves to incorporate the personal training into the Pilates sessions to improve her clients’ awareness and mobility. In addition, she is a NASM® certified corrective exercise specialist (CES), which addresses injury prevention for clients with muscle imbalances.

Her focus with her clients is to help them achieve strength without risking injury; she is able to guide clients of all ages and fitness levels toward their personal fitness goals.  Her knowledge and understanding of different fitness methods allows her to adapt programs according to the needs of the client.  She demonstrates empathy while offering caring encouragements to individuals.  Lili is pursuing Level 2 MELT for professional development and will apply this training when working with clients.


STOTT PILATES® Level 1 Certified Instructor

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

Rachel began incorporating Pilates into her daily lifestyle while attending college. After starting a family, she used Pilates training as a way to restore her abdominal muscles and overall body strength. She tried many different styles of Pilates and eventually fell in love with the structure and approach of the STOTT PILATES® method. Rachel started and completed her STOTT PILATES® Matwork certification at Pilates South Texas; however, after she had the opportunity to instruct group mat classes for a few years, she was inspired to further her knowledge of anatomical movements. Rachel embarked in furthering her education on the equipment. Rachel is now a STOTT PILATES® Fully Trained Instructor and has taken STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations. Rachel is pursuing her full certification on all equipment. Rachel became enlightened to a whole new world of movement and wants to share with her clients the benefits that she experiences in a fun environment that will make them feel confident and strong.


STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor

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

Heather was introduced to STOTT PILATES® in 2017 for rehabilitating injuries from years of playing sports and weightlifting. She noticed that learning the proper movement with Pilates helped to limit her injuries while being able to improve her balance and overall strength. The benefits to her health that she was experiencing with Pilates, inspired her to become an instructor.

In 2017, Heather began her STOTT PILATES® education at Pilates South Texas. Currently, she is a STOTT PILATES® Fully Trained Instructor and has taken STOTT PILATES® Injuries and Special Populations. Heather’s goal is to complete her full certification as she continues to expand her skills and knowledge of Pilates and fitness.
Heather has trained an array of clients with diverse health conditions, ranging from scoliosis, breast cancer, pre-natal and post-natal, lower back pain, knee replacement and musculoskeletal injuries. Heather is excited to help you learn the wonderful benefits of Pilates and how it will assist you in achieving your personal health goals.


PhysicalMind InstituteTM Certified Pilates Instructor

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.