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STOTT PILATES® was established in 1987 and is the premier brand of parent company Merrithew Health and Fitness™. Developed by co-founders Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew, the STOTT PILATES method is the contemporary approach to exerciese that includes modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation making it one of the safest and most effective methods available.

In 1988 Lindsay G. Merrithew and Moira Merrithew opened the first STOTT PILATES Studio in Canada. In 1995 Lindsay launched STOTT PILATES® Equipment Division and the company became a worldwide manufacturer of equipment designed to facilitate Pilates-inspired exercises. This exercise system forms the basis for the STOTT PILATES training and certification programs offered at the MH&F Corporate Training Center in Toronto and MH&F training centers and hosting facilities worldwide.

Moira Merrithew
Executive Director, Education, Merrithew Health and Fitness™

Born in England, Moira moved to Bermuda at a young age where she trained at the Russian School of Ballet. Upon her return to England, she trained with Ballet Rambert and after immigrating to Canada in 1977, became a principal soloist with City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company.

Moira was introduced to Pilates through the Dancer in Transition Center in Toronto after a foot injury ended her dance career in 1985. After two years of studying, apprenticing and working with clients under the direction of Romana Kryzanowska at the New York studio founded by Joseph Pilates, Moira returned to Toronto as a certified instructor.

However, the development of a bulging disk in her neck soon prompted Moira to completely re-evaluate what she had learned. To facilitate this evaluation, she completed numerous courses and workshops in kinesiology, anatomy and physical therapy, and together with Lindsay collaborated with physical therapists and sports medicine professionals to enhance and update the original approach. More than a decade of refining resulted in "STOTT PILATES – the contemporary approach to the teachings of Joseph Pilates".

Co-creator of 170 DVDs and also the author of mumerous technical manuals and articles, Moira is also a sought-after presenter and media personality.

Lindsay G. Merrithew
President & CEO, Merrithew Health & Fitness™

In addition to directing and growing the fully integrated business from a visionary and strategic point-of-view, he has been instrumental in designing, producing and marketing the comnpany's extensive equipment and video lines. To date, he has developed their dozens of commercial products and has executive produced over 170 of the company's fitness DVDs for the professional and consumer markets.

He Holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of the Julliard School of Performing Arts in New York City

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