Pilates Centre SA

The centre is conveniently based in Sandton, Johannesburg and was established in 1999. The studio has flourished over the years and has become internationally recognized as a centre of excellence and quality training.

The Pilates Centre SA has two bright, airy studios, fully equipped for Pilates and Gyrotonic®. We also offer classes in Iyenger Yoga, the popular new workout, Booty Barre, and dance classes.  Our teachers are fully certified by the Pilates Certification Centre SA, and will create for you a challenging, varied workout, designed to suit your specific needs and goals. For those who are looking to make a profession out of Pilates, we also offer a well-established Pilates instructor training course.


The Founder: Nicole Sinoff

Nicole Sinoff is the director and studio owner of Pilates Certification Centre SA, Pilates Centre SA and White Cloud Johannesburg. Nicole opened her studio in 2000 and in 2001 completed her Pilates certificate with BASI International. By 2002 she achieved BASI Faculty in California USA and Brisbane Australia. Nicole headed up BASI South Africa for 5 Years, hosting and teaching certification. In 2005 Nicole launched Pilates Certification Centre SA. She attends international Pilates conferences and workshops for continuing education.

Nicole is certified in Gyrotonic level 1 and 2, Gyrokinesis and Specialised equipment, and is a founding member of the South African Pilates Education Providers Alliance (SAPEPA).



About Pilates

Pilates is a unique and powerful form of exercise, which is based on working the deep stabilizing muscles to build strength, control, and support for the body. It also focuses on correcting misalignments and muscle imbalances for the prevention and/or rehabilitation of injuries.

Through an extensive repertoire of specific exercises, Pilates integrates movement, breathing patterns and concentration to achieve significant results. Pilates is not only effective, but also an aesthetically beautiful from of exercise.

The Benefits

From your very first Pilates class you will feel how deeply and effectively Pilates works.
As you progress, you will discover how Pilates can greatly improve your body and mind in the following ways:

-Strength and toning

-Development of long, lean muscles (not bulk)

-Control and deep ‘core’ stability


-Body awareness

-Circulation and breathing

-Stress relief


-Correction of posture

-Injury prevention/rehabilitation

-Improved sports performance

Pilates can benefit anyone, from professional athletes and dancers, through to elderly clients or those in physical rehabilitation. It is also excellent pre and post natal exercise. Programs are tailored to the needs of each individual after an initial assessment is carried out.

  • The History of Pilates

    Joseph Pilates

    Joseph Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1883. He was born a frail child, with many serious health problems.  In his determination to overcome his weaknesses, he became passionate about physical fitness, and through his own fitness regimes he developed the training method now known as ‘Pilates’.

    Whilst locked in a prisoner-of-war camp on the Isle of Mann during World War 1, Joseph developed a fitness programme for his fellow inmates. After the war he emigrated to the U.S. with his wife, Clara, and in 1926 opened a studio in New York. His studio was very popular with dancers and performers, and many famous names in the dance community trained with him.

    Joseph’s training method (originally called ‘Controlology’) began as a series of mat exercises, created to develop abdominal strength and stability. He later designed several pieces of equipment that used pulleys, springs, bars and straps to add further dimension to the repertoire, and new ways to challenge or assist the client.

    Joseph was ahead of his time, with his understanding that the deep muscles of the abdominals, pelvis and spine should act as a ‘powerhouse’ from which all exercises are initiated. This encourages the correct use of muscles, and is essential for balance and control. He also realized the importance of using the mind and body together to achieve optimum wellbeing.

    In 1967 Joseph died of smoke inhalation from a fire at his studio. Aged eighty-five, he was still in peak physical condition. Unfortunately his work was not widely recognized until after his death. In his book of philosophies, ‘Return to Life Through Controlology’, he wrote

    “My work will be established and when it is, I will be the happiest man in God’s universe. My goal will have been reached.”