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We are a small team of friendly instructors with a deep passion for the Pilates method and the benefits it brings to those that practice.

Tamara O'Reilly

As a busy mother and Pilates geek to the CORE, Tam loves anything fun, food, family and fitness! She’s been practicing Pilates for over 20 years and understands that each individual’s needs are different, no two bodies are the same – this keeps her on her toes every day in the studio!

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Silvia Valdes

Silvia grew up loving swimming and any sport she could participate in with school. When it came to choosing a career, it had to be something involving human movement. She is a caring and compassionate person who loves to help others make positive lifestyle changes.

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Baillie Casley

Baillie is currently completing a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at UOW. She is always super busy but manages to find a balance of sport, study, athletic training and Pilates. If you want a fun, challenging workout every time – Baillie is your girl!

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Lani Finnane

Lani has recently moved to Wollongong from the Blue Mountains and is currently studying Exercise Science. She loves human movement and enjoys bringing all aspects of her learning together to help people move  and feel better. 

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Jana Keys

Jana is passionate about the positive and empowering effect Pilates can have on a body. She loves that as an exercise, Pilates is non-discriminatory and holistic, it is suitable for any age, body type and most health issues.

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Bec Anderson

Pilates has been around Bec since she used to dance. She’s always loved the discipline and control of the mind-body connection. Bec also loves the fact that Pilates compliments many other fitness regimes, whether professional or recreational.

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Claudia Stirling

Claudia loves a good laugh, chocolate and chilling with my family. With four young children, a hubby and a loyal pup, she’s a busy girl who knows exactly how to give you what you need in every single session.

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Melody

Melody is currently completing her Diploma in Pilates Instruction, she loves that Pilates caters for all fitness levels and has so many wonderful health benefits.

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Jordan Thurling - Yoga

By day, Jordan is an Environmental Lawyer in Sydney, on the weekends and evenings you will find her on the llawarra northern beaches practicing yoga, trail running, surfing or rock climbing.

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Demelza - Studio Manager

Dee has lived and worked in various places around the world working as a Stage Manager, she now keeps our TPW instructors in order while also running her own company, Welly’s Wonders.

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Belinda - Front desk.

With a background in nursing, Bel is an avid book reader and mum of 2. Her weekends are often spent having sneaky dates with hubby at local establishments that provide chilled music to relax and unwind.

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Tamara (Tamra)

Owner | Senior Instructor | PITC Faculty

A Bit About Me. 

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!

Qualifications

  • 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)
  • Faculty for Pilates International Training Centre
  • Certified BLACKROLL instructor.
  • Member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia – membership number L115052285
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).

Silvia

Exercise Physiologist | Pilates Instructor

A Bit About Me

I moved to Wollongong in 2015 after my husband and I got married. We both grew up in Western Sydney and were looking for a sea change and to get away from the congestion of suburban Sydney.

Exercise has always been apart of my life. I grew up loving swimming and any sport I could participate in with school. When it came to choosing a career, I knew I wanted to do something involving human movement and helping others. I’m a very caring and compassionate person who loves to be around people and empowering them to make positive lifestyle changes.

I am a big believer that exercise is medicine and it is a celebration of what your body can achieve…not a form of punishment.

Why Pilates?

My love affair with Pilates began in 2007 when I was teaching swimming at a local gym. I wanted to try a few group classes, but as soon as I went to my first Pilates class, it was love at first 100’s! I saw right away how it was improving my strength and flexibility as well as improving my movement and mental health.

I was also studying Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Western Sydney and could see how Pilates was related to what I was learning in my degree. In 2009, I began my Pilates Instructor journey with The Australian Pilates Academy and have completed certificates in both Mat and Reformer Pilates. I have been teaching Pilates for close to 10 years and I am still blown away by the amazing benefits and positive impacts it has on so many different bodies.

Any body can be a Pilates body and that’s what I love about Pilates.

Outside The Studio…

I love the simple things in life – hanging out with family and friends and being out in nature whether it be a bushwalk, a swim in the ocean or camping. I’m a bit of a bookworm – I always have a book (or 2) going. I’m from an Italian-Australian family, so I love food and love to cook. Each year I try to go to one place I’ve never been to before, whether it be overseas or right here in our own beautiful backyard. I have recently gotten a road bike and would like to ride more regularly.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I have been an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for the past 5 years and I have learnt so much about the body and the uniqueness of each and every person. I have a special interest in exercise rehabilitation for people with early stage Parkinson’s disease. I have been a PD Warrior instructor for 3 years and this has been the most rewarding and inspiring 3 years of my life. The amazing positive attitudes, a willingness to hard work and the community of the people I have met living with this condition is just so inspiring. To see these people transform within a few months of specific exercise regimes, reach new goals and regain control of their lives is something I’m so grateful to have been apart of.

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist – Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)
  • ESSA member
  • Currently completing a Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction with PilatesITC
  • Mat and Reformer Pilates
  • Barre Attack Instructor – foundations and level one
  • PD Warrior Instructor
  • First Aid, CPR and Mental Health First Aid qualified

Baillie

Pilates Instructor

A Bit About Me.

A current student at University of Wollongong studying Health and Physical Education, I have always placed high value on health and fitness and am lucky enough to now be pursuing a career in this field. Growing up in Wagga Wagga NSW, I was consistently surrounded by and participating in sports at all different levels, and had a particular competitive focus on netball. I moved to Wollongong in 2014 and some time later completed my Certificate III & IV in fitness, before beginning my journey at The Pilates Workshop!

Why Pilates?

I first came to The Pilates Workshop as a client, searching for a new fitness method to mix up the activities I was currently doing. As well as Pilates being excellent for strength and toning, I was aware of the rehabilitative nature of Pilates, and was hoping to reap the benefits as I had suffered from general lower back pain for some time. I fell in love with Pilates immediately, and eventually began my Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction.

Outside The Studio…

When I’m not studying or in the studio, you’ll typically find me somewhere outdoors, mostly at the beach or out socialising with friends.

Anything Else We Should Know?

My goal as a future Pilates instructor is not only to help clients achieve their goals and feel better within their bodies, but to provide a workout that they will look forward to every week! Getting to know my clients and allowing them to get the most out of every session is essential.

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT).
  • Currently completing Bachelor or Health and Physical Education (062239G)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30313) and Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate 

Lani

Pilates Instructor

A Bit About Me.

I have just moved down to Wollongong from the Blue Mountains and begun my long journey at University, studying Exercise Science and hoping to master in Exercise Physiology and possibly Physiotherapy.

I love human movement, I want to bring all aspects of my learning together to help people move better and feel better.

My love for movement started as a young girl when I began vaulting (gymnastics on horseback) and developed through sports, horse riding and then personal fitness as I got older.

I believe in the power to heal oneself and hope to enable this power within my clients.

Why Pilates?

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PILATES! It has taught me so much about my body and myself. Coming from injuries and having a very hyper- mobile body, Pilates has helped me heal my body and calm my mind. In my 5 years of practice I have developed strength beyond what I even understood possible. Pilates makes me feel taller, stronger, more open and clear minded. I have experienced the wonders of Pilates for my own body and I know it can help so many others, and that is what I love to do, use Pilates as a method to enable others to feel their own strength and beauty that is within.

Outside The Studio…

I love anything outdoors! Feeling significantly insignificant in the ocean, climbing to the tops of mountains to see the wonders below, traveling, horse riding and Pilates in the sunshine are definitely some of my favourite things outside the studio.

I love hosting Wellness weekend/day retreats, the feeling of guiding so many people to unwind and ground themselves with special activities, delicious food in the spectacular Australian outback is truly rewarding.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I love watching my clients succeed. I believe in movement therapy and being able to take control of your mind and body. I take the time to make sure all of my clients understand what they are doing and how their body works so they get the most out of it throughout their daily lives. I bring a Pilates zing to my personal training sessions too because remember, it’s quality not quantity!

QUALIFICATIONS & SPECIALITY:

  • 10567NAT Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy
  • Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210)
  • Pilates Matwork
  • Certificate of Diet & Nutrition – Principles of Healthy Eating.
  • Currently studying Exercise Science at UOW

Jana

Pilates Instructor

A Bit About Me.

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.

Qualifications

  • Level 2 Comprehensive Teacher Training in Pilates Movement Therapy
  • Member of the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Membership number – Ll2-15048
  • First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Registered as a Health Fund Provider 

Bec

Pilates Instructor 

A Bit About Me. 

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.

Qualifications

  • 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


Claudia

Pilates Instructor

A Bit About Me. 

I’m a Leo. I love a good laugh, chocolate and chilling with my family. I was born in the UK and grew up in Sydney. After the Sydney Olympics the travel bug enticed me to live and work in the UK and Canada. A corporate career, a husband, four young children and a loyal and loving brown Labrador dog later, I’m happy living in the Southern Highlands and splitting my time between here and Wollongong.  

Why Pilates?

With 10 years of experience working as a Fitness Professional specialising in pre and post natal fitness, Pilates was a great way to continue to develop and use my skills but without breaking my back! Post children Pilates has shaped my body and given me back my confidence in its ability to move. 

Outside The Studio…

I’m a chef, psychologist, personal stylist and chauffeur…..to my kids! I enjoy reading…when I can stay awake, walking my dog, a glass of wine, good food and I never say no to desert!

Anything Else We Should Know?

I’m a singer. I’m relearning the Piano. I speak French. I love Champagne (it’s my drink!) and when I’m not binge watching the Handmaids Tale, you’ll find me browsing the pages of Home Beautiful. 

Qualifications

  • Certificate IV Pilates (Matwork)
  • Currently studying Diploma of Pilates (PITC)
  • Pilates Reformer (Polestar),  Master Trainer – Certificate III and IV Fitness, Certified Bootcamp Instructor.

Jordan

Yoga

A Bit About Me. 

Hello. Nice to meet you. I am The Pilates Workshop’s resident yoga teacher. Most of my time is spent working full time as an Environmental Lawyer in Sydney and the remainder of my time I spend in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra practicing yoga, trail running, surfing or rock climbing. Throw in a good dose of tea drinking, reading and contemplating and that pretty much sums up how I spend my time.

Why Yoga?

I started practicing at a time when I wasn’t comfortable in my body and university was quiet stressful – yoga helped me to know and love my body and calmed my mind– whenever I came to my mat I felt challenged by the practice but also a sense of inner peace and I have kept it up since – I plan to keep practicing until I am 90! Yoga has helped me to avoid injury over the years from all of the other activities I find myself doing.  

Outside The Studio.

Outside the studio I am spending as much time outdoors or in the sea as possible and cooking up delicious vego food at home.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I recently returned from an extended stint living and working in New Zealand as a yoga teacher and a lawyer and it seems as though I still have a Kiwi twang to some of my words.

Qualifications

  • Sukha Mukha Yoga 200 hour Yoga teacher training.

Melody

Pilates Instructor.

A Bit About Me. 

I’m friendly, easy going and love a laugh, I have always had a passion for health and fitness and enjoy challenging the body and finding new ways to stay fit. I balance my week between my admin job at a local school, my 2 beautiful kids, my husbands business and my Pilates training. 

Why Pilates?

Once I had my two children my body wasn’t quite what it use to be and I had to step away from weight and interval training and into a low impact form of exercise so I started Pilates and haven’t looked back. I love that Pilates caters for all fitness levels and has so many wonderful health benefits, Completing a diploma in professional Pilates instruction just felt like a perfect fit.

Outside The Studio…

When I’m not working I enjoy anything outdoors. I love summer and spending time with the fam at the beach or bush walking. I hate the cold and can never get warm enough in winter. 

Anything Else We Should Know?

I have worked in every field imaginable from flight attendant to make up artist to sales manager and as personal trainer. I’ve worked in America on summer camp and worked in a photo lab in Hamilton island. Although I have a varied resume, Pilates has been the one thing I can’t seem to move on from – I’m here to stay! 

Qualifications

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

Demelza

Studio Manager

A Bit About Me. 

I moved to the Illawarra from Singapore in 2013. I’ve lived and worked in various places around the world from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, London, Cardiff and St Andrews in Scotland. I have a background in theatre and worked for many years as a Stage Manager and running various productions – from plays to musicals to outdoor events. 

Outside The Studio…

I write children’s books and have published three picture books in the Welly’s Wonders series with my husband illustrating. We’re currently working on our fourth and hope to have it out very soon. As my husband works in the film industry, we love going to the cinema and we spend a lot of our weekends attending events with our books and artwork. You can usually find me at my happiest with a cup of tea and a good book.

Anything Else We Should Know?

I’m so excited to be a part of The Pilates Workshop and working with the team. Please come and say hello – I’m looking forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) – Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma in Stage Management – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • Graduate Diploma in Languages Teaching (TESOL) – University of Technology, Sydney

Belinda

Front Desk

A Bit About Me. 

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.

Qualifications:

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