Meet the team
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.-34.392534150.893557

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!-34.392534150.893557

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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. -34.392534150.893557

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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.-34.392534150.893557

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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 that Pilates compliments many other fitness regimes, whether professional or recreational.-34.392534150.893557

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Therese James

With a background in group fitness and personal training, Therese has always been involved in fitness in some form or other. When she started Pilates it was the precision and control that appealed to her most!-34.392534150.893557

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Allira Fialkowski

Growing up as 1 of 6 kids, Allira was always encouraged to stay active. Nothing has changed now as she juggles teaching and self practice with chasing 2 young boys! -34.392534150.893557

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Julia Coursey

After spending the last 10 years in Melbourne, Julia is excited to be back in Wollongong sharing her love of Pilates. With a background in dance, movement is Julia’s passion, she is also BASI trained so you’re in for a good workout! -34.392534150.893557

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Liz Lees

Liz has just moved back to Wollongong after 8 years and is so happy to be back in this beautiful area. She loves spending time with her family and friends, hiking, swimming and anything to do with the outdoors.-34.392534150.893557

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Tamara (Tamra)
Owner | Balanced Body Master Instructor-34.392534150.893557

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!QualificationsDiploma 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.-34.392534150.893557


Pilates Instructor | Balanced Body Master Instructor-34.392534150.893557

A Bit About Me.Movement is my passion! I live to move. I grew up on 100 acres in the Blue Mountains. I spent most of my younger years roaming free, exploring the property and surrounds on my horse, competing in endurance riding (marathons on horseback) and Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback). My love for movement grew as I did and I knew I needed to study movement. I seem to have natural teaching skills  My natural teaching skills unfolded I began contracting as a mobile personal training, group fitness and Pilates Instructor at age 21.Why Pilates?I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PILATES! It has taught me so much about my body and myself. As a hyper-mobile teenager doing the sports I enjoyed, I developed injuries in my hip, shoulder and neck. When I was completing my personal training certification my injuries were worsening, I knew there had to be more to teaching movement. I had done Pilates in the past and loved the detail articulated for each movement in class. As soon as I found a Pilates course nearby I Immediately enrolled.  In my years of practice, I have developed strength beyond what I even understood possible. Pilates has helped me heal my body and calm my mind. Pilates makes me feel tall, proud, strong, mobile, graceful and has a beautiful way of helping me drop into my body and connect on a deeper level. I want to help as many people as I can feel the magic of Pilates in their bodies.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, training callisthenics and Pilates in the sunshine are definitely some of my favourite things outside the studio.I am often planning and or hosting weekend wellness adventure retreats with my sister. As well as hosting and teaching these I double as the Fabulous head chef, another passion of mine – food! I love cooking clean, bright and creative dishes, especially for the masses with my team in the retreat kitchen.Anything Else We Should Know?I love watching my clients succeed. I believe movement is therapy and people hold the power to heal themselves. I use the Pilates Method, to help clients connect their mind and body on a deeper level, creating awareness and control that unleashes their power within.QUALIFICATIONS & SPECIALITY:10567NAT Diploma of Pilates Movement TherapyBachelor of Exercise Science – Wollongong UniversityMaster Instructor for Balanced Body Teacher Training. Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40210)Pilates MatworkCertificate of Diet & Nutrition – Principles of Healthy Eating.-34.392534150.893557


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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.QualificationsLevel 2 Comprehensive Teacher Training in Pilates Movement TherapyFirst Aid and CPR Certificate-34.392534150.893557


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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.QualificationsDiploma in Professional Dance and Musical TheatrePost Grad in Professional Dance and Performing ArtsCert 3 and 4 in Fitness (SRF3026 / SRF40206) Level 2 APMA Teacher Training in Pilates (registration: LI2-15055) Barre Attack Instructor, Level 1First Aid and CPR qualified-34.392534150.893557


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A Bit About Me. 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! QualificationsLevel 2 Certificate Matwork and Small Apparatus (Dip of Professional Pilates Instruction) PITCLevel 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 -34.392534150.893557


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A Bit About Me. 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.QualificationsDiploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (10537NAT) – currently studying.    -34.392534150.893557


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A Bit About Me. 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. QualificationsBody Arts and Science International Comprehensive training course (BASI) Bachelor of Dance (VCA)-34.392534150.893557


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A bit about meI 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 PilatesI 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 knowI 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.Qualifications Balanced Body Mat Pilates CertificationBarre Attack Level 1Rainbow Kids Yoga CertificationBalanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification – Currently StudyingCertificate of CPR and First Aid -34.392534150.893557


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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 NurseOccupational Health and Safety Trained-34.392534150.893557