Anna Frankland (Founder and Instructor)
I set up Reform Pilates in 2011 as I believe that everyone should practice Pilates regularly and if possible in a comfortable, friendly and professional environment. I love the experience of working with clients of all backgrounds and with a team of experienced instructors. I particularly enjoy seeing the obvious benefits that Pilates brings to my client’s lives, particularly the confidence that it gives them in their bodies and themselves.
I first discovered Pilates in Sydney when recovering from an injury sustained from triathlon training six years ago. Prior to this I spent most of my spare time training and competing in triathlons at a national and international level. I often think that had I found Pilates sooner it could have greatly helped to prevent the many injuries which resulted in me having to take time off from training.
From then on, I practised Pilates on a frequent basis up until the week before the birth of my twin girls, Ella and Sofia. I believe that this greatly assisted with my postnatal recovery and gave me the energy I needed to keep up with them as toddlers!. I did the same in preparation for the birth of my third daughter Phoebe.
I hold a Diploma in Professional Pilates having trained in both Studio and Mat Pilates with Polestar Pilates, an international training body with headquarters in the US and a training centre in Sydney. Polestar is a year-long intensive training course, which provides students with all the necessary knowledge and tools to be effective teachers.
I have also completed a course in Women’s Health specializing in pre- and post-natal Pilates and have studied Anatomy and Physiology at Nature Care College in Sydney. I continue to update my Pilates knowledge and have a special interest in women’s health particularly in the pre and post natal period and post menopause period.
After my training I worked in a number of Pilates studios in Sydney teaching over 600 hours of mat classes and studio (equipment based) classes. I also established my own corporate Pilates business bringing the benefits of mat based Pilates to Sydney’s corporate sector.
In my previous life I worked for many years in the Dublin & Sydney venture capital industry, investing in, and mentoring, start up companies across a broad range of industries.
Tara Fallon (Instructor)
In addition to her STOTT PILATES full certification, Tara holds a degree in Leisure Management and a in Neuromuscular & Physical therapy. She has studied with many of the world’s leading experts in the field of fitness and exercise rehabilitation including Tom Myers, Melanie Byford-Young & Sherri Betz, as well as training with STOTT PILATES Master Instructor Trainers Renee Peuizzo & Raphael Bender.
Tara has been in the fitness & pilates Industry for 15 years. She ran her own Rehab & Pilates studio www.tfallon.com in Ireland for 8 years. She then moved to Melbourne with her husband for 2 years, before returning back to Ireland to join Reform Pilates in 2011.
Tara has presented workshops for a number of organisations, including Triathlon Ireland & APMA Australia Pilates Method Alliance. She has thousands of hours experience working with tri-athletes & footballers.
Tara specialises in one to one sessions, she has extensive experience with injured clients. Her areas of interest include, lumbar disc injuries, knee injuries, whip lash injuries, neck & shoulder injuries.
Mariapia has always been passionate about movement. She was a career dancer for ten years in Italy. She approached Pilates to recover from some injuries caused by the dance training but she soon found she had a passion Pilates and developed a career as an instructor. She loves working with people and wishes to pass her passion onto her clients.
Mariapia holds a Masters degree in Performing Arts, a Dance Studies Diploma and a she is a certified Stott Pilates instructor for all the apparatus and Injuries and Special Populations, qualifying her to work with injured clients and pregnant women.
Melissa Vincent (Instructor)
Melissa started practicing Pilates over 15 years ago. A former competitive gymnast and team sports player, she found with regular Pilates practice she could maintain her flexibility, overall body strength and fitness. Her love of Pilates led her to train as instructor with Progressive Pilates Academy. Qualified to teach Beginner to Level 2 Mat Pilates, she is also Pre and Post Natal certified. She has also trained with Balanced Body and STOTT Pilates.
Melissa’s training is ongoing and she regularly attends workshops so as to bring lots of different elements to her classes. She is also a certified Baby Massage Instructor. A busy mum of two little girls, she practiced and taught Pilates throughout both her pregnancies and saw the endless benefits in doing so, both during and post pregnancy. Melissa has a particular interest in Pregnancy Pilates, and enjoys working with clients right throughout their pregnancy journey, ensuring safe and effective practice for a healthy mum and baby.
She is delighted to join the team at Reform!