Upcoming Training Courses

course IMP

Intensive Mat-Plus

level 1, 40 hours

winter 2012 | Jan 5-8 | Jan 10-13 | 11:30am-5pm | Sat-Sun 2:30pm-8pm

spring 2012 | May 17-20 | May 24-27 | 11:30am-5pm
except May 19-20 | May 26-27 | 2:30pm-8pm

fall 2012 | Sep 28-Oct 1 | Oct 3-6 | 11:30am-5pm | Sat-Mon 2:30pm-8pm

course IR

Intensive Reformer

level 1, 50 hours

winter 2012 | Jan 26-Jan 30 | Feb 1-5
11:30am-5pm | Sat-Sun 2:30pm-8pm

course AM

Advanced Matwork

level 2, 6 hours

winter 2012 | Jan 14 | 2:30pm-9:30pm

course AR

Advanced Reformer

level 2, 18 hours

fall 2011 | Dec 9-11 | Fri-Sat 2:30pm-9:30pm | Sun 8:30am-3:30pm

Continuing Education Workshops




Fri Dec 2

Matwork Interval Training


Sat Dec 3

3D Balance OR Stability Ball, level 3


Sat Dec 3

Toning Ball


Oct 6, 2012

Matwork Interval Training


Oct 7, 2012

Muscular Strength & Endurance for Teens


Oct 7, 2012

Matwork Interval Training


A written & practical exam is required for certification
exam may be taken within six months of completing course(s)

Space is limited! To register or for costs and additional information regarding these courses, contact Sandra de Sousa Machado at 00494069083019 or email

Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg
Laeiszstrasse 15 (Hinterhof),
D-20357, Hamburg
(located in the backyard, first building on the right-hand side, upper floor)

contact: Sandra de Sousa Machado
phone: 040-69083019
from North America:
fax: 00494069083019
from North America:

The Studio:
Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg is the first studio in Hamburg teaching the STOTT PILATES method. It was founded in March of 2007 by Sandra de Sousa Machado. The studio is located in the St. Pauli district, the western downtown of Hamburg and is easily accessible on foot or by bus and trains. Public parking spaces are also available. The studio is located in a quiet backyard. The 118sqm, light flooded loft-style facility offers a cozy and open environment with a sunny roof-deck for exercises and relaxing, change rooms, showers with amenities and a separate change room. The studio is fully equipped with STOTT PILATES Equipment and accessories.

Instructor Trainer:
SANDRA DE SOUSA MACHADO is the owner of Pilates Holistic Center Hamburg. She is the first Portugese certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer.
Sandra is Hamburg's undisputed leader in teaching the STOTT PILATES method. She received her training and certification in Canada and the US.
She combines over 10 years of teaching experience with her knowlegde of Pilates, sport therapy, personal training and massage to ensure that clients experience the best in mind-body exercise. Her clientele includes professional atheletes, singers, dancers and actors. After her 3 years work experience in a rehabilitation and fitness center, Sandra was always looking for something that combines therapy and training at the same time and finally she found it with STOTT PILATES method of exercise. Sandra felt the difference in her body during the education and afterwards. In February 2006 she went to Hawaii to learn with Monique Lavoie who encouraged her to open a studio in Hamburg. Since then she was working on having a successful Pilates studio. In November 2010 Sandra went to Toronto to become a STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer.

Getting there:
From the central station take the subway U2 to Messehallen or U3 to Feldstrasse
See map

The intensive courses above 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.

For a list of required (and optional) course materials click here

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.