ANNA FRANKLAND – FOUNDER
I set up Reform Pilates in 2011 as I believe that everyone should practice Pilates regularly and in a welcoming, comfortable and professional environment. I thrive on the diversity of the people I see daily and feel very lucky to have a team of highly experienced instructors to work with. I particularly enjoy seeing the benefits that Pilates brings to every aspect of my client’s lives through improved physical as well as mental well-being.
I hold a Diploma in Professional Pilates from Polestar Pilates in Sydney, an internationally recognised training body. I am also a certified member of the International Pilates Method Alliance. I also hold a qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy from the National Training Centre. My special interest is in Women’s health, particularly in the pre and post natal period and post menopause period. I am a certified Pink Ribbon Pilates Instructor (Pilates for breast cancer survivors) and Buff Bones Instructor (Pilates for improved bone density).
LARAGH MCMONAGLE- INSTRUCTOR & MASSAGE THERAPIST
I am a Stott trained Pilates instructor, and a Holistic Massage therapist. I was recommended Pilates after back surgery and the birth of my now teenage boys , it then became an intrinsic part of my life. As a teacher, the joy is now in passing on Joseph Pilates’ exercises to others and focusing on the mind body connection. I have a special interest in working with pre and post-natal mothers, teaching a range of specially modified exercises in Reform’s caring, relaxed studio setting. Giving women a method which develops and enhances core strength, stability and flexibility through mindful exercise, and always encouraging clients to develop their own body awareness, and self-confidence, both during pregnancy and working with them (and their little ones) after they have given birth too.
KATIE HOLMES – INSTRUCTOR
My intention is to heal, challenge and explore with intelligent movement that is grounded in biomechanics, spirituality and play! I have spent over a decade practicing Pilates and yoga, and in the past few years, aerial. I have studied under Liz Bussey with Polestar UK and James Earls of Anatomy Trains and I am a member of the Pilates Method Alliance.
SHEENA KENNEDY – INSTRUCTOR
I discovered Pilates 17 years ago and since then it has been an integral part of my life. I am fully certified with the internationally recognised Polestar Pilates as a studio practitioner and qualified to teach on all the studio equipment. Whether you are a complete beginner, recovering from an injury, wanting to improve your athletic performance or improve your strength, flexibility or mobility I will work with you to reconnect with your body to help you achieve your goals.
MALY POLOTTO – INSTRUCTOR
I have been enthusiastic about sports all of my life. I received my certification in Mat work in Argentina in 2007 and my certification on Pilates equipment in Madrid, Spain in 2011. On moving to Ireland, to improve my communication skills, I decided to train with Polestar Pilates UK, where I am currently completing my Comprehensive Training.
My Pilates passion did not finish here. As I love to teach people different and creative movement skills, I am certified to train pre and post natal Pilates (BASI) and Pilates for seniors (Lolita San Miguel). I am currently expanding my Pilates knowledge and will be finishing my certification on Pilates for Injuries and The Pink Ribbon Program.
AOIFE KING – INSTRUCTOR
I trained as a Classical Pilates Instructor in Los Angeles, in 2005 and as a contemporary teacher in Paris with Balanced Body University in 2009. A bi-lingual, English-French teacher and a Psychology grad, I draw on my Pilates education and my wider interest of movement and mental well-being in all my classes. I am particularly passionate about the benefits of Pilates in terms of movement and posture and have seen consistent improvements in mobility, strength, confidence, grace and ease of movement over and over again in people who have a regular Pilates practice.
TARA FALLON – INSTRUCTOR & NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPIST
The love for my work spills into the reasons why I do what I do. My intention is to inspire people’s lives by reducing aches and pains encouraging easier movement patterns. Expand narrow perspectives on what you think you can-not do by showing you all your capabilities of a pain free life, with the added benefit of teaching your nervous system how to tone down reducing fear and anxiety.
I have been lucky enough to train with some of the world leaders in the area of rehabilitation and movement education. Over the last 17 years I’ve gathered a large collection of qualifications. My education includes; Fully certified Stott Pilates teacher, 200R yoga teacher trainer, Neuromuscular Therapist and Kids yoga Teacher.
SHIRLEY MARINHO – INSTRUCTOR
Shirley has dedicated her career to the Pilates Method over 10 years. She graduated in Physical Education and Sports and is expert in Psychology. She is qualified to teach mat classes and the full Pilates Repertoire (Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel).
Shirley has experience in clinical Pilates ( fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, herniated disc, stenosis, chondromalacia, labyrinthitis, high pressure, stroke, kyphosis, scoliosis with congenital rotation, lordosis , stenosis, bursitis (shoulder’s and hips) shin splints, foot pain, muscles pain, stiffness and osteoporosis.
LISA O’SHAUGHNESSY – INSTRUCTOR
With a passion for people and movement, Lisa is delighted to welcome you to class. A long term vision of wellness and feeling good through functional movement she will encourage you to connect with your body, understand it, challenge it, and break through barriers in a mindful yet playful way.
Motivated and inspired by the possibilities Lisa did her Polestar comprehensive training in London while working for a fast paced multi-national. Following her training she decided to forge a new path, left the corporate world and is very happy sharing her passion, teaching across all studio equipment.