Meet The Team

Tamara O'Reilly

Founder

As a busy mother and Pilates geek to the CORE, I love anything fun, food, family and fitness! After a successful career in dance and circus I made the permanent change to teaching Pilates in 2008. Nearly 20 years after first starting Pilates I still discover something new everyday, either within my own practice or by teaching my wonderful clients.

Up until July 2014 I ran my own studio in London and enjoyed Pilates workshops and conferences in Europe, the UK and America.

Now Wollongong is home and I look forward to sharing just how wonderful Pilates can make YOU feel!

Why Pilates?

Because I LOVE it! I am so lucky to have a job that I truly enjoy, I figure if we have to go to work every day, we may as well love what we do.

I have experienced first hand the benefits of Pilates on so many levels – as a young dancer with back pain, learning to find balance within my body and working hard to avoid injury. Then experiencing the rehabilitation side after bilateral knee reconstructions in 2003, and more recently it’s healing effects after the birth of my two children.

Outside The Studio…

I love to travel and spend time with my husband, and children. We recently moved back to Australia after 4 years in London so we are making the most of the outdoors and fabulous Aussie weather.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I love getting to know my clients and discovering what they want to gain from their sessions. I believe no two bodies are the same and each person needs nurturing to reach their full potential.

I enjoy working with a wide range of clients; helping postnatal mums reconnect with their body after giving birth and teaching them how to work safely, all the way to professional athletes looking to improve their game – and everyone in between!

 

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT).
Comprehensive Teacher Training course Body Arts and Science International (BASI – USA) and Ulysses Pilates (Australia)
Women’s Wellness specialist (Diastasis Recti, Pelvic dysfunction, Menopause)
Master Instructor for Balanced Body Teacher Training.
Certified BLACKROLL instructor.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).
Pilates on Tour class presenter and PAA conference presenter.

Bec Anderson

Pilates Instructor

I’ve grown up, gone to school and lived back and forth all my life in between two different countries, California, USA and Cambridge, UK. I’ve been a dancer most my life, performing in ballets as a child, and was eventually accepted into a performing arts school in England when I was 17, acquiring my diploma some 3 years later. ThereI found my love for Contemporary dance and eventually danced my way around Europe in a contemporary company for a number of years amongst other shows all around the UK in between. One of my dancing gigs brought me to Australia in1998 and I never looked back. Moving here permanently in 2000, I continued to dance in Sydney but moved to Wollongong when I had my daughter. Here I met my current husband and have inherited two bonus sons. Family life keeps me very busy!

Why Pilates?

Pilates has always been around me since I used to dance. I’ve always loved the discipline and control of the mind-body connection with dance and felt Pilates was much the same. The versatility of Pilates has always amazed and interested me. The spectrum is vast, either being used as a super hard workout, or a much gentler, specific, rehabilitation approach. I also love the fact that Pilates compliments many other fitness regimes, whether professional or recreational.

 I feel it is an accessible commodity to absolutely everybody, and can be specifically tailored to suit any ‘body’, at any point or time in their life.

Outside The Studio…

I love to travel and always have itchy feet, whether it’s a road trip or trip overseas. I can’t live without the sun, sand and a good barbie with friends. I’m also a bit of a nerd and star gaze with my NASA app, following the ISS (International Space Station) around the night skies. Oh, and even though I am married with 3 teenagers, I’m a self-confessed, crazy cat lady.

Anything Else We Should Know?

Meaningful movement! It’s so important to me that my clients have an understanding of why they’re doing a particular exercise or movement, so they can relate it back to it’ sparticular function in everyday life. I find this crossover very important with everyone I work with. I want to empower everyone with their own tools so they can take control and help themselves have a better quality of life.

  • Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre
  • Post Grad in Professional Dance and Performing Arts
  • Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness (SRF3026 / SRF40206) 
  • Level 2 APMA Teacher Training in Pilates (registration: LI2-15055) 
  • Barre Attack Instructor, Level 1
  • First Aid and CPR qualified

Therese James

Pilates Instructor

Originally from Wollongong, I have just recently moved back into the area after a sea change, 9 years ago, moved my family  (husband, two daughters) from Sydney to Jamberoo.  We are now happily settled in Bulli and I’m never moving again!

I’ve travelled extensively and have had quite a diverse working life in both the corporate and hospitality sectors which included running my own small restaurant, in Sydney’s Martin Place, prior to having my children (and then they went and changed everything  )

I’ve always been involved in fitness in some form or other.  My own training has taken me from being an aerobics “tragic” in the 80’s (lycra and leg warmers whilst doing high kicks – what’s not to love!) to strength training, distance running, tennis, running again, and then a Taekidokai martial arts obsessive which took me to instructor level.  I formally started working in the fitness industry 9 years ago, alongside our move to the south coast.

Why Pilates?

The precision and control required for each movement is what really appeals to me about Pilates, and the ability to create great mental focus and physical strength within one discipline. 

While always being a constant that I returned to over the years, Pilates took on a greater significance for me when I began working with senior clients in my capacity as a personal trainer.  I could see the benefits Pilates would bring to my clients lives both physically and emotionally (as it had my own whilst recovering from fitness related injuries).  I wanted to expand further my ongoing fitness education and decided to fully invest in Pilates full-time. 

Outside The Studio…

I love being outdoors and any weekend can find me on a challenging walk, paddleboarding, or my motorbike (and sometimes, very reluctantly, in the garden).  Music, good food and wine, play an integral part of my home and social life, although I now much prefer to watch my husband cook – he’s pretty good. I, also, have a dance background – I have been dancing in the kitchen for years (much to the horror of my teenagers).  

Anything Else We Should Know?

I’m a Pilates zealot and love that Pilates can improve every body. The potential for anyone to better themselves through Pilates is what makes it a great practice for all. It is so easy to fit into any lifestyle, so no excuses accepted! 

  • Level 2 Certificate Matwork and Small Apparatus (Dip of Professional Pilates Instruction) PITC
  • Level 2 Certificate Comprehensive Reformer (Dip of Pilates Professional Instruction) PITC 
  • Cert IV Fitness (SIS4020) Australian Institute of Personal Trainers 
  • Member of the Pilates Alliance Australia 
  • Certificate First Aid and CPR 

Allira Fialkowski

Pilates Instructor

I have lived in Wollongong my whole life. As a child my parents encouraged my four brothers, one sister and I (yes, I am one of six kids) to participate in sports. This meant they were forever being a taxi driver chauffeuring us around to our various sports.
My passion was gymnastics – training & competing for 8 years up to level 7. I also did Little Athletics in my free time.
My very first job was as a gymnastics coach which I started at age 15 and continued on and off for about 8 years, whilst juggling a full time job in sales & advertising. Then it was time for a change, exhausted from the long hours and too tired to look after myself physically and mentally. I quit my job to take time out for myself and reassess the next chapter in my life. Four years later I have two beautiful boys which keep me active and busy.  
A year ago I started a full time course studying for my Diploma in Pilates.

Why Pilates?

I was always interested in Pilates from my early twenties, doing it here and there, at home watching Pilates DVDs and even doing a couple of classes at a studio, but my long hours seemed to always pull me away. Having a background in gymnastics coaching I wanted to pursue a career in fitness and instructing that both challenged me physically and mentally which I also enjoyed and Pilates was the perfect fit. When the opportunity came up to become a Pilates instructor I didn’t think twice.

Outside The Studio…

I love being outdoors – going to the beach, for adventure walks, exploring new areas that I’ve never been to. I also have an adrenaline side to me – I’ve been skydiving and whitewater rafting but that has all changed since having kids. Now I enjoy taking them outside to the beach, bike rides and also to playground. I don’t have much time for anything else.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I love learning new things especially reading up on health and wellness, an occasionally trying my hand at cooking “clean foods” even though I’m not much of a cook, my partner does majority of it.
I  have also developed an interest and would like to pursue further studies in injury management with Pilates.

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) – currently studying.   

Julia Coursey

Pilates Instructor

I first fell in love with movement when I started dance at the age of 3.

After school I left Wollongong for Melbourne where I studied a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. I discovered Pilates when I was recovering from a dance related injury and found it not only rehabilitated but also reconditioned and strengthened my body making me a better dancer post accident.

Since returning to Wollongong I am excited to share my knowledge and passion about the power of Pilates with others. 

Why Pilates?

Since discovering the incredible benefits of a Pilates practice I am the first to recommend the work to anyone. It can change lives. Seriously! There are so many amazing things that Pilates has done for me personally both physically and mentally. I continue to gain greater body intelligence and hope to inspire others to learn more about their body’s capabilities and strengths. I love that the practice is for everyone and each individual can have their own personal experience whether it is to rehab them through injury, move them out of chronic pain or strengthen and tone their body. I love that Pilates connects us to our body and keeps us checking in with it every time we get into the studio or onto the mat.

Outside The Studio…

Living in Melbourne for the past 10 years I embraced city life but always took weekends to escape to the country to go bush walking, wine tasting and vintage bargain hunting! Since returning to Wollongong I have loved spending mornings by the beach, hanging out with old friends and spending time with family. 

Anything Else We Should Know?

As an instructor everyday is a day to learn and I am excited to grow and develop my practice with my clients. By teaching, I have the opportunity to support and share in my client’s goals and successes and that is so incredibly rewarding and fulfilling for me. 

  • Body Arts and Science International Comprehensive training course (BASI) 

  • Bachelor of Dance (VCA)

Liz Lees

Instructor

I have just moved back to Wollongong after 8 years and am so happy to be back in this beautiful area. I love spending time with my family and friends, hiking, swimming and anything to do with the outdoors. I have a background in Early Childhood Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. My first introduction to Pilates was as a  teenager getting home from school and whacking on the VHS tapes my mum had from Mari Windsor Pilates. I had always loved sport but Pilates was the first experience I had with a mind body connection and I fell in love with it. I was such a Pilates nut I managed to convince my year 11 PE teacher to let me host Pilates as a sport option which thanks to Mari Windsor and mum’s VHS tapes converted a group of 16/17 year old girls to the world of Pilates. I continued practicing Pilates for over a decade before turning this passion into a career becoming a Mat Pilates instructor in 2017 as well as a Barre Instructor and Kids Yoga teacher. In September this year I dove in deeper and continued my study in Pilates to become a Comprehensive instructor. 

Why Pilates

I love the diversity and adaptability of Pilates, through its core Principles, Pilates gives anyone what they need by finding and restoring balance in our bodies to help us function at our optimal physical range whether this means rehabilitation from injury or prepping for a marathon the Pilates system really is the perfect tool for absolutely everyone. 

Outside the studio 

Outside the Studio I work part time at a Yoga Studio in Sydney where I get to have a great dose of Zen for my week as I do love yoga as well as Pilates. On my days off I like to spend my time with loved ones and try to spend as much of that time as I can outdoors hiking, camping and diving.

Anything else we should know

I am fascinated by the benefits movement creates for our minds and bodies. The most satisfying part of being an instructor for me is watching clients hit their goals and improve in their own practice. I love Pilates and I am constantly inspired by the results I can see in those who use it.

  • Balanced Body Mat Pilates Certification

    Barre Attack Level 1

    Rainbow Kids Yoga Certification

    Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification – Currently Studying

    Certificate of CPR and First Aid 

Jana Keys

Pilates Instructor

Initially I followed a creative path establishing a successful career in Fashion Design. But sitting at a desk 10+ hrs a day was ruining my health physically and mentally. I was looking for something more, something that would have a lasting positive effect on my soul as well as others. I wanted to do something that in some way made a difference, which helped people.

I had practiced Pilates and Yoga for years, it became my balance, my solace to my hectic working life and before long I decided I had to make the change and I haven’t looked back!

Why Pilates?

I am passionate about the positive and empowering effect Pilates can have on a body and I’m a strong advocate for the importance of taking charge of your own physical and mental health and creating the future you choose.

Through practicing Pilates, I have seen the results in my own body. Not just in strength and fitness but also combating the negative effects of a desk job, relieving stress and anxiety, as well as managing the varying effects pregnancy has on your body Pre & Post Natal.

I love that as an exercise, Pilates is non-discriminatory and holistic, it is suitable for any age, body type and most health issues. You can rewire years and years of unhealthy patterns imprinted in the body and turn your life around, decrease pain and improve your quality of life. Chronic pain is something nobody should have to live with and I have seen the benefits of practicing Pilates and its ability to alleviate pain in a way that is sustainable.

Outside The Studio…

Friends and family are the most important thing to me, which help me maintain a work/life balance. You will always find me with my husband and daughter at the park or beach. I love the outdoors, the sun, the surf, just making the most of the beautiful area we are lucky to live in here on the South Coast of NSW.

I have a love for travel, Yoga helps me find me Zen and being a creative I still try to find the time to paint & illustrate – although these days with a Toddler Play-Doh sculptures & finger-painting are generally the extent of my masterpieces.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I really love getting to know my clients and sharing in their journey towards achieving personal goals. I place great importance on my client’s time; this is YOUR session, YOUR body. Each person is unique, my classes are individually tailored to what you want out of your session…and we have fun!

I’m dedicated to continuing education and training. I love to learn and challenge myself. With knowledge comes power- the power to give more back to my clients. I am particularly interested in Pilates for Women’s health, Pre & Post Natal, general rehabilitation and Pilates for the aging population.

Level 2 Comprehensive Teacher Training in Pilates Movement Therapy
First Aid and CPR Certificate

Maria Vassallo

Pilates Instructor

Why Pilates?

Outside The Studio…

 

Anything Else We Should Know?

 

Belinda

STUDIO MANAGER

Originally a country girl from Bathurst who moved to the Illawarra chasing love. Guess things worked out OK as I’ve been with my husband for 25+ years and together we have created a little family which I believe is my greatest achievement. I have a nursing background but more recently worked as receptionist/facilities assistant for a Global IT Company based in the gong with approx 140 employees.

Outside The Studio…

I love New Zealand, well New Zealand wines……….I’m also an avid book reader and member of a bookclub. My weekends are often spent having sneaky dates with hubby at local establishments providing chilled music to relax and unwind.

Anything Else We Should Know?

Friends call me Bel or B and I’m looking forward to being part of The Pilates Workshop family and hope to brighten everyone’s day with a smiling face or friendly voice when you come in or call. I love cooking for family and friends and have also been known to bring treats to the workplace. You will all find me happy to help out however I can so please don’t hesitate to ask, or even just hit me up if you’re after a recommendation on a good book.

    • Advanced Certificate in Nursing, Enrolled Nurse
    • Occupational Health and Safety Trained

Kathryn Mills

Front Desk

My daughter moved to Wollongong a few years ago. After many visits and just falling in love with the area, I decided to take the plunge and move. I left my jobs as bookkeeper and receptionist and headed off for a sea change, leaving my adult son behind to fend for himself. I am LOVING it!!! Beach walks, fresh air, greenery, rain (I come from western NSW) and friendly people what more could you want? Well, a position with The Pilates Workshop has topped it off

Outside The Studio…

I enjoy really good coffee, an occasional wine, live music and being active. I have just started belly dancing classes and walking soccer (uses more energy than it sounds)

My love of Pilates started a number of years ago when a couple of medical issues starting  creeping in (got to love getting older!). My GP and Physiotherapist suggested Pilates and I have not looked back. The benefits to me both mentally and physically have been life changing. I look forward to each class (and get a bit grumpy when I cant go) and after a stressful day, I leave the class feeling positive and relaxed

Anything Else We Should Know?

I am really looking forward to meeting more Pilateslovers (and those yet to be converted). My aim is to make you feel welcomed, informed and at ease

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