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Maria Mendes Larson

International Director

Maria was born in 1965 in Luanda, Angola.  She comes from a dancing background in Classical and Modern Ballet and Jazz, and has a degree in International Relations and Marketing. Maria is the founder and manager of PilatesbyMariaLarsen studio, located in the Estoril Tenis Club, Estoril, Portugal. It is Portugal’s largest pilates studio. It has been in operation for 12 years, with 6 teachers and acknowledged medical networking. Certified by Body Control Pilates Association and Pilates Body Europe, Maria has worked with all reference names of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation teachers all over the world. She has worked closely with Gordon Thomson and Ellie Ioannidou in the last 4 years developing Pilates in Portugal. Maria is International Director for P.E.A.R. in the UK and is engaged in starting up a Pilates studio in the medical community in Chennai, India. Maria is the author of “Pilates” and many articles in recognized medical magazines and others.

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Pilates Education and Research Ltd. is a registered company in England and Wales 9253706

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